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Blackburn Rovers F.C. Reserves and Academy

Blackburn Rovers Reserves
Full name Blackburn Rovers Reserves
Nickname(s) Rovers, Blue and Whites, The Riversiders[1]
Founded 1875 (1875)
Ground Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, Greater Manchester
Ground Capacity 11,000
Manager Eric Kinder
League Premier Reserve League
Premier Academy League

Premier Reserve League North
Premier Academy League
Under-18 Group C, N/A[3]

Blackburn Rovers F.C. Reserves are the reserve team of Blackburn Rovers. The club also has a Academy for the Under 18's.

Reserve team

Blackburn Rovers Reserves play in the FA Premier Reserve League. In their division, the reserves finished the 2011/12 season in 7th place.

The current Reserve team manager Eric Kinder.[4] Kinder was appointed Gary Bowyer's replacement following his appointment as 1st team manager following 2 successful caretaker spells. The reserves play their home games at Leigh Sports Village (the home of Co-operative Championship rugby team Leigh Centurions).[5]

The Academy

Blackburn Rovers Academy is overseen by Phil Cannon. The Academy trains at Brockhall training village, the same location as the Blackburn Rovers 1st team and Blackburn Rovers Reserves. It also provides a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Blackburn Rovers producing high quality players in the past. Former players such as Damien Duff, Phil Jones, Damien Johnson, James Beattie, Neil Danns, Jonathan Walters, and Anthony Pilkington were all nurtured in The Academy. Current professional football players also include Jason Lowe, Martin Olsson, David Dunn, Grant Hanley, Josh Morris, Adam Henley, John O'Sullivan and Jack O'Connell.

History & Facilities

In January 1991, British industrialist and businessman Jack Walker a lifelong fan of Blackburn Rovers completed the takeover of the club. In the following years, the Brockhall Village Academy, was constructed at a cost of approximately £4.75 million. The centre included state of the art facilities on par with top training facilities elsewhere in Europe. It includes 6 full-size pitches, indoor training facilities, an indoor running track, outdoor running "hill", a swimming pool, goalkeeper training facilities as well as accommodation for the youth players.

Blackburn Rovers India Academy

On 19 November 2010, Pune based chicken meat processing, and pharmaceutical company, Venkateshwara Hatcheries Private Limited., completed the takeover of Blackburn Rovers, under the name Venky's London Limited.[6][7]

One of the companies early ambitions was to open an Academy back in their home nation of India. Managing director, told The Indian Express newspaper the club was planning a centre of excellence near Pune which is 100 km (60 miles) from Mumbai.

"We are getting an academy and a stadium in Pune," Venky's B. Balaji Rao was quoted as saying. "The site is near the Mumbai-Pune highway and will be ready in a year-and-a-half or two years." Rao said the academy, on the outskirts of the city, will be run exactly like a Rovers' training centre at Brockhall in northwest England, taking players from the age of 11 and 12.[7]


As of 01 July 2014.[8]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Ryan Crump
33 GK David Raya
DF Bradley Bauress
21 DF Jack O'Connell
DF Kellen Daly
DF Jack Doyle
DF Sam Jones
DF Sam Lavelle
MF David Carson
MF Paulo Jorge
No. Position Player
26 MF Darragh Lenihan
31 MF Connor Mahoney
18 MF John O'Sullivan
MF Hyuga Tanner
FW Modou Cham
FW Anton Forrester
FW Devarn Green
FW Jordan Preston
FW Dean Rittenberg
FW Jordan Slew *
  • Please note that player highlighted with (*) symbol denotes player transfer listed

Academy (Under-18s)

As of 11 July 2014.[9]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Callum Williams
GK Andrew Fisher
DF Liam Langford
DF Cameron Scott
DF Ryan Nyambe
DF Jan Pirretas
DF Matthew Platt
DF Josh Askew
DF Scott Wharton
MF Mark Edgar
No. Position Player
MF Adrian Edo
MF Lewis Hardcastle
MF George Pierce
MF Lewis Mansell
MF Willem Tomlinson
FW Sam Joel
FW Ramirez Howarth
FW Luke Wall
FW Ollie Mehew

Noted graduates

Blackburn Rovers' youth system has been successful over the years, many players who have come through it have gone on to feature in the first-team and make an impact or progress in the 1st teams of other clubs in the future.

Current/Former Rovers 1st teamers

Other Players To Have Made Impact Elsewhere


  1. ^ "Nicknames". Club Nicknames. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Barclays Premier Reserve League North table". Barclays. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Barcays Premier Academy League C". Barclays. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Leigh Centurions Rugby team". Leigh Centurions. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rovers Takeover Complete - Financial Document". Blackburn Rovers. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Venky’s spent £23m to buy Blackburn". Deccan Chronicle. 21 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "2011/12 Reserve Profiles". 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  9. ^ . 2014 Academy Under 18 Profiles Academy Under 18 Profiles. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

External links

  • Blackburn Rovers FC Official Website
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