Blackburn Rovers Football Club is based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. The team currently competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. Established in 1875, becoming a founding member of The Football League in 1888. It is one of only three clubs to have been both a founder member of the Football League and the Premier League (the others being Aston Villa and Everton). In 1890, Rovers moved to its permanent home at Ewood Park. Prior to the formation of the Premier League in 1992, most of the club’s successes were before 1930, when it had gained league and FA Cup trophies on several occasions. Relegation in 1966 was followed by 26 successive seasons of football outside the top flight.
In 1992, Blackburn was promoted to the new Premier League a year after being taken over by local steel baron Jack Walker, who installed Kenny Dalglish as manager. In 1995, Blackburn became league champions, having spent millions of pounds on players like Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton. However, the title-winning team was quickly split up and, in 1999, the club was relegated. It was promoted back to the Premier League two years later, just after Walker’s death, and has been in the top flight ever since. During this time, Blackburn has qualified for the UEFA Cup four times: once as League Cup winners, twice as the Premier League’s sixth-placed team and once via the Intertoto Cup. Blackburn are currently one of only four clubs to have won the Premier League, along with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. The club’s Latin motto is “Arte et labore”, the club’s translation of which is “By Skill and Hard Work”. For all those Rovers fans out there, we have come up with a few apps available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that might interest you.
Official Blackburn Rovers by Perform Group is accessible through the iTunes App Store for £0.69. This official app allows supporters to access all the latest news and videos including live text commentary of every game and lots more. Users will able to view current news as it happens, player profiles, statistics and images. Find out the latest scores, line-ups and match stats of Premiership games including league tables and a countdown ticker for knowing exactly when the next match is. There are 21 wallpapers for you to choose from including crests and player images. Obtain information on tickets, the club store and lot more within the app.
Blackburn Soccer Diary by SpringApp Technologies Inc is also a great addition to the world of football applications. Supporters will get allsorts of useful information for £2.99/$4.99 at the App Store. Get historical knowledge about all the clubs managers and players. Find out when the team was founded, when Blackburn won the FA Cup and how many goals Alan Shearer scored. This app will also let fans keep updated on all recent and relevant information including fixtures, scores and team line-ups.
Blackburn News by Skweet contains all the latest stories from a large number of sources. With live scores, goal alerts and current table standings this is a great way for fans to keep up to date. For £1.99/$2.99 at the App Store, there is always some form of news available even on slow news days.
Blackburn Rovers Ringtones 1 by 1st Imp is the ideal application for Rovers fans. With six specially recorded commentaries by ITV’s Clive Tyldesley fans will have the opportunity to wind up other fans with commentaries saying ‘Blackburn 5 Liverpool 0’ and ‘Blackburn 5 Man Utd 0’. Use these as a ringtone and enjoy the sort of things all Blackburn fans want to hear. This application is available for £0.69/$0.99 at the App Store.
Make sure you keep informed and have all he relevant information a fan requires to be a true supporter with the help of useful apps. How do you feel Blackburn are going to do this season? Last season was not a great season and became a nail biter at the end for any Blackburn fan. Let’s hope this is a better season than the last.