YOUR QUICK GUIDE TO THE ROVERS FROM BLACKBURN....
BLACKBURN ROVERS
Ground: Ewood Park,
Blackburn,
Lancashire,
BB2 JF
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Tel: 01254 372001
Websites: official - rovers.co.uk
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Media: BBC
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Getting there
By Car: (approx 205 miles from HW)
From High Wycombe, take your usual route to join the M6 northbound. Leave the M6 at Junction 30 and join the M61, at the first exit join the M65 and head East to Blackburn. Ewood Park is well signposted on the M65, leave at junction 4, join the A666 and head towards Blackburn. Ewood Park is about a mile away on your right.
Train: Nearest station Blackburn about 1.5 miles from Ewood Park. Served from Preston and Manchester.
Check www.nationrail.co.uk for specific times and connections of trains from your location.


Chairboy Connections
Players who have played for both Clubs

Viv Busby - Spent four seasons with Wycombe in the late 1960's before moving into the full-time game with Luton Town in January 1970. Made 77 League appearances for The Hatters before moving to Newcastle United. Went on to make 100 plus appearances for Fulham before spells with Norwich City, Stoke City, Sheffield United. Made 8 Football League appearances for Blackburn Rovers during the early 1980's before finishing his playing career at York City and then moving into coaching with The Minster Men.

Rob Dewhurst - Defender who made a handful of vital loan appearances for Wanderers while at Blackburn Rovers and scored a crucial league goal for Martin O'Neill's team during the Conference/Trophy "double season" of 1992-93. Went on to spend six years with Hull City before time with Exeter City, Scunthorpe United and then Gainsborough Trinity and North Feriby United.

Simon Garner - A Blackburn Rovers legend who made over 500 appearances and scored close to 200 goals during a 14 year stay at Ewood Park. Left Rovers in 1992 to join West Brom where he spent two years before completing his Football League career with Wycombe under Martin O'Neill during the 1993/94 and 1994/95 season - becoming a well liked player at Adams Park and scoring crucial goals as Wycombe gained promotion via the 4th tier play-offs v Preston North End in May 1994.

Nicky Reid - Former Manchester City apprentice who went on to make more than 250 senior appearances while at Maine Road. Went to add close to another 200 apps to name after a move to Blackburn Rovers before time with West Brom. Signed by Martin O'Neill for Wycombe in March 1994 - making his debut versus Bury. Went on to appear in the Play-off winning side at Wembley versus Preston North End. Struggled with fitness the following season and made just five appearances before ducking out of League football to join Witton Albion. Returned briefly to play with Bury during 1996 and 1997.

Paul Shepstone - Winger who began his professional career with Coventry City but failed to make a First Team appearance and spent time with Birmingham City and then in non-League football with Atherstone United before getting his break in the Football League with Blackburn in the early 1990's - making 26 League appearances. Had brief spells with Work City, Motherwell and Stafford Rangers before time with Wycombe during the 1993/94 - making two appearances.

Gareth Ainsworth - A former Youth Team player at Ewood Park who was told on his 18th birthday (May 1991) by then Rovers Manager Don McKay that he would not be offered a professional contract. He would eventually make his senior debut nearby Preston North End and his time at Deepdale included a Wembley appearance against Wycombe in the 1994 Division Three Play-Off Final. Moved to Lincoln City in October 1995 before he became Port Vale's record signing in September 1997 when he moved from Sincil Bank for a £500,000 fee. Spent just over a year at Vale Park before another record fee of £2m saw him leave for Wimbledon in 1998. Spent five years with The Dons between 1998 and 2003 and was in their side that lost to Wanderers during the legendary FA Cup run of 2000/2001 but generally had an injury hit time in South London before eventually signing for Cardiff City and then QPR. Moved initially on loan from The R's to Wycombe in November 2009 before making the deal permanent in January 2010. Went on to become Wanderers Manager during the 2012/13 season. On retiring from the playing side in 2013, Ainsworth recalled: “When I was released from Blackburn my dad told me that he still thought I would make it. The only regret would be not playing for Blackburn’s first team, but apart from that I wouldn’t change anything about my career."

Also:

Jason Banton, Andy Bell, Frank Fielding, and John Nutter all at Blackburn Rovers as Youth Team players but were released before making a First Team appearance. Goalkeeper Frank Talia also spent time with Rovers during the early part of the football career. All these players later played senior football for Wycombe Wanderers.
Chairboys all-time record against Rovers
DATE COMP V R SCORE ATT
Sat, Sep 19, 2020 CHAMP A L 0-5 BCD
Key:
CHAMP = Football League Championship

The fixture on Saturday 19th September 2020 was the first meeting between the two clubs in any competition, at any level.
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