Ewood Park: Prestige

1885: Corner Flags

Blackburn Rovers are the only club to have won the English FA Cup three times in three consecutive seasons. For this achievement, Blackburn Rovers are the only club in English football with the right to display their club crest on the four corner flags. 


Rumours are that back in 1885, the Football Association could not afford the FA Cup Trophy for Blackburn Rovers. Hence the club was granted the unique permission to display the club crest on all four corner flags on match days.

The rumour has been denied by the Football Association.

1891: Home Championship


06 April 1891



Ewood Park, England



Home Championship , 1891



England 2 v 1 Scotland 


England Scorers

John Goodall [20 mins] 

Edgar Chadwick [30 mins]


Scotland Scorers 

Francis Watt [85 mins]


England Team

William Moon

Old Westminsters


Robert Howarth

Preston North End


Robert Holmes

Preston North End


Albert Smith

Nottingham Forest


John Holt       



Alfred Shelton

Notts County


William Bassett

West Bromwich Albion


John Goodall

Derby County


Fred Geary



Edgar Chadwick



Alfred Milward




James Wilson, 

Walter Arnott, 

Robert Smellie, 

Isaac Begbie, 

John McPherson, 

John Hill, 

Gilbert Rankin, 

Francis Watt, 

William Sellar, 

William Berry, 

David Baird.


Attendance 10,000


Referee W Morrow [Ireland]


1924: Home Championship


03 Mar 1924



Ewood Park, England



Home Championship , 1924



England 1 v 2 Wales 


England Scorers

William Roberts


Wales Scorers

William Davies 

Ted Vizard 


England Team

Walter Sewell

Blackburn Rovers


Thomas Smart

Aston Villa


Thomas Mort

Aston Villa


Frederick Kean

Sheffield Wednesday


George Wilson

Sheffield Wednesday


Percival Barton



Samuel Chedgzoy



David Jack

Bolton Wanderers


William Roberts

Preston North End


Clement Stephenson

Huddersfield Town


Frederick Tunstall

Sheffield United


Wales Team

Albert Gray, 

Moses Russell, 

John Jenkins, 

Herbert Evans, 

Frederick Keenor, 

William Jennings, 

William Davies, 

John Nicholls, 

Leonard Davies, 

Richard Richards, 

Ted Vizard.




RefereeWatson [England]

1977: Bobby Moore Retires From English Football

Bobby Moore, World Cup winning Captain for England in 1966 played his final professional game in England for Fulham on 14 May 1977 against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Fittingly, Moore was also making his 1,000th appearance in senior football.


Blackburn Rovers presented Bobby Moore with a trophy to mark the occasion. 

2002: New Zealand Rugby League Tour Of Great Britain And France

The 2002 New Zealand Rugby League tour of Great Britain and France was a tour by the New Zealand national Rugby League team. The New Zealand Kiwis drew the series 1-1 against Great Britain and also defeated Wales and France.


On 9th November 2002 Great Britain played New ealand at Ewood Park. New ealand won 30 - 16. Attendance: 16,654.

2004: UEFA European Under 21 Championship Qualifier

Result: England 2 - 0 Wales


Kick Off: 20:00, Friday 8th October 2004


Location: Ewood Park, Blackburn, England.


Fixture Type: UEFA U21 Championship 2004/2006


Referee: D.Ledentu (France)


Assistant Referee: J.Texier (France)


Assistant Referee: P.Larose (France)

2005: UEFA Womens Championship

The 2005 UEFA Women's Championship was a football tournament for women held from 05.06.2005 - 19.06.2005 in Lancashire, England. 


England played two of their three First Round games at Ewood Park in front of 14,695 against Denmark losing 1 - 2 on 08.06.2005 and 25,694 against Sweden losing 0 - 1 on 11.06.2005.


England finished bottom of their group and were knocked out of the competition.


The Final was played at Ewood Park on 19.06.2005 between Germany and Norway:

German 3 - 1 Norway

Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire.

Attendance: 21,107

2006: Condoleezza Rice The US Secretary Of State (controversially) Visits Ewood Park

L-R: Manager Hughes, US Secretary Of State Rice and Foreign Secretary Straw
L-R: Manager Hughes, US Secretary Of State Rice and Foreign Secretary Straw

A local mosque had withdrawn an invitation because of threats by extremists to disrupt the visit, and anti-war activists had vowed to dog her every move during her two days in Lancashire with Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary.


The police made sure she had no close encounter with the clusters of protesters that turned up to shout "Condi Rice! Terrorist!" as she made her way around Blackburn and Liverpool, where 2,000 turned out for the main anti-war demonstration.


Her trip was ostensibly an attempt to see the real country beyond the government offices of London. In an intriguing political courtship, Miss Rice last year went out of her way to take Mr Straw and his wife Alice to her home town of Birmingham, Alabama. Now it was their turn to show off his constituency of Blackburn, Lancashire.


The Foreign Secretary tried to draw on the slaving connection between the two places. He pointed out that cotton produced by slaves in the American south was exported to Liverpool, Lancashire and then turned into textiles in Blackburn's mills, and re-exported across the world. But such interest in history did not answer the nagging question of what she was doing in the land of the dark satanic mills.


But much of the day was a strange form of tourism. Instead of trying to get away from the crowds, they attracted them in the shape of journalists and protesters.


In the short drive from the BAE Systems military factory at Samlesbury to the Pleckgate school in Blackburn, Miss Rice saw two different faces of the country.


At the military factory managers had put up a banner heralding the enduring Anglo-American alliance: a Union Flag bound seamlessly with the Stars and Stripes.


But at the school, 200 protesters denounced what those allies had done in Iraq and held up the flag of Palestine, universal symbol of western oppression of the Arabs. "Hey! Hey! Condi Rice! How many kids have you killed today?" they chanted. The crowd included several dozen children.


Still, in the school's grounds, the children seemed excited enough by the arrival of the most important foreign visitor to Blackburn since Mahatma Gandhi came in 1931.


The moment that perhaps meant most to Mr Straw came when he took his guest to Ewood Park, home to Blackburn Rovers and "the centre of the world", according to the Foreign Secretary.


Mr Straw had planned to show her Blackburn playing against rival Wigan, but Sky television unexpectedly moved the fixture to Monday. So Miss Rice had to make do with a few children playing football in an empty stadium, and a chat with Rovers' American keeper Brad Friedel. In Ewood Park's conference room, the two secretaries delivered speeches on the virtues of democracy in the Middle East.


In keeping with her view that America had to be more understanding of the world, Miss Rice admitted that the US had committed "many mistakes, maybe thousands of mistakes" in recent years.


She was ALSO on a musical pilgrimage to discover the meaning of the Beatles song, A Day in the Life, and its baffling lyrics: "I heard the news today, oh boy. Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire." Before her trip, one newspaper had quoted Miss Rice as saying: "I never understood that Beatles song. Perhaps now I will get the chance."

2014: Centenary Shield

The English Schools’ FA Under-18s took on their Scottish counterparts in a Centenary Shield match at Ewood Park, Kick Off 19:00, Friday 11th April 2014, which ended 1 - 1.

The Centenary Shield was presented to Scools Association Football International Board in 1973 by the Scottish FA to mark the Association’s centenary year. It is currently contested for by U18 Boys selects representing the Schoolboy Associations of the British Isles countries.


Past winners of the Centenary Shield, including occasions on which the award has been shared, have been:


1973 England & Wales


1974 England


1975 Wales


1976 Scotland & England


1977 Wales


1978 Scotland


1979 Scotland


1980 England


1981 Wales


1982 England


1983 Scotland


1984 England


1985 England


1986 England


1987 England


1988 England


1989 England


1990 Switzerland


1991 Switzerland


1992 England & Switzerland


1993 England


1994 England


1995 Switzerland


1996 N. Ireland


1997 England


1998 N Ireland


1999 N Ireland


2000 Scotland


2001 England & Scotland


2002 England


2003 Rep of Ireland


2004 Rep of Ireland


2005 N Ireland & Rep of Ireland


2006 England


2007 England


2008 Rep of Ireland


2009 England & N. Ireland


2010 Rep of Ireland


2011 Scotland & N Ireland


2012 England


2013 Northern Ireland