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2018 Day 15 - Blackburn Rovers

Plunging down one of John Lennon's 4,000 holes, we emerge in Lancashire at Blackburn Rovers

Played: 143 (130 league, 11FAC, 2LC)
Won: 58 (52 league, 6FAC)
Drawn: 30 (26 league, 3FAC, 1LC)
Lost: 55 (52 league, 2FAC, 1LC)

l record against Rovers:

  P W D L F A
SJP 64 37 12 15 118 70
EP 64 14 14 36 71 120
League 128 51 26 51 189 190
SJP(TM) 1 1 0 0 4 0
EP 1 0 0 1 3 4
SJP(FA) 4 2 2 0 6 3
EP/ER/Hills 7 4 1 2 8 8
SJP(LC) 1 0 1 0 1 1
EP 1 0 0 1 3 4
Cup/TM 15 7 4 4 25 20
Tot 143 58 30 55 214 210


SJP: 70
Ewood Park: 71
Hillsborough: 1
Elland Road: 1

Most common scores:

Won: 2-1 (thirteen times - 10H, 3A)
Drawn: 1-1 (twelve times - 2H, 8A)
Lost: 1-2 (nine times - 4H, 5A)
Charlie Mulgrew scored home and away to give Rovers a 1-0 double over the Championship winning side in 2016/17.


Between 1902 and 1910 Blackburn suffered nine successive defeats on Tyneside. 
Newcastle failed to win any of the seven meetings with Rovers between 2007 and 2011.


BRFC league doubles over NUFC: 8 (1912/13, 1927/28, 1928/29, 1930/31, 1958/59, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2016/17)
NUFC league doubles over BRFC: 11 (1899/00, 1908/09, 1914/15, 1921/22, 1926/27, 1931/32, 1960/61, 1978/79, 1982/83, 1990/91, 2011/12)

Most games in a season: 5 (1998/99)

Longest gap between games: April 1966 to September 1978

First: Thursday 28th April 1898 Blackburn Rovers 4 Newcastle 3 (Test Match)
"The Rovers occupied a most unenviable position before the match. Whatever they did was not calculated to get them out of the mire, however brilliant it might be" (Sheffield Daily Telegraph).

Monday 2nd January 2017 Blackburn Rovers 1 Newcastle 0 (Championship)
"Newcastle's rollercoaster festive period ended with a significant dip, as Rovers completed an unlikely league double and Charlie Mulgrew again managed to land the sucker punch. The former Celtic player netted the only goal of the game at Gallowgate in November and his free kick here was enough to steal the points - Blackburn's only accurate effort in 90 minutes. (

Best: Saturday 23rd October 1926 Newcastle 6 Blackburn Rovers 1 (Division One)
"United were so superior and their exhibitions of cleverness so continuous that the crowd got a surfeit of good things and in consequence much that was of highest excellence was taken for granted." (Athletic News)

Wednesday 9th September 1925 Newcastle 1 Blackburn Rovers 7
"To the early sensations of this amazing football season must be added the first defeat of Newcastle United last night. Blackburn Rovers, at the foot of the league without a victory in three games trounced the Tynesiders by seven goals to one and furthermore, were good value for all that they got." (Shields Daily News).

NUFC v BRFC gallery:

April 1952: A 2-1 FA Cup success at Elland Road

February 1992: on the wrong end of a Speedie treble

December 1996: A narrow 0-1 reverse in Lancashire

February 1999: nowts apiece in the FA Cup at SJP

April 2002: guess who just scored against his old side - 2-2 at Ewood

October 2011: a 3-4 League Cup loss in Lancashire

NUFC v BRFC - moment in history:

September 2011: Ba treble

Five games into his Magpies career and free transfer acquisition Demba Ba hadn't troubled the scorers or caught the eye when Blackburn Rovers rolled up at SJP in late September 2011.

90 minutes later though and that had all changed, after the Senegal international who was revealed to have strictly observed Ramadan during August hit a memorable treble to kick start his career in a black and white shirt.

A neat turn and shot from Ba following Leon Best's pass gave United a 27th minute lead that was doubled within three minutes when Demba headed home from close range.

The visitors pulled one back before the interval, but just seven minutes into the second half Ba completed his treble with another headed effort at the Gallowgate End from Cheick Tiote's cross. 

His work done, Ba then departed amid great applause, although that was almost eclipsed by the reception afforded to his replacement - Hatem Ben Arfa making his first Premier League appearance for almost a year since departing on a stretcher after a horror tackle away at Manchester City.

All heady stuff and an antidote to ongoing problems between the club and fans that had seen 40 of those judged to be persistent standers in the Gallowgate End banned for the game and another 100 receive warning letters. Meanwhile, the creeping tide of Sports Direct desecration of SJP manifested itself in the arrival of the owner's brand name on the front of East Stand.

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