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Well this is not the most in-depth squad for Blackburn. Of course there were more players than what I have put down, but the players that are not down are players that are non league players for most of their careers. Bare bones would sum up the squad. There are good players in the squad but also some you may not have heard of – no offense to any of the players listed.
Gareth Stewart age: 31
Currently Steward is a player/coach at Yeovil Town. He never made appearances for Rovers and moved to Bournemouth in 1999 where he went on to make 179 appearances seeing relegations and promotions. After his time with Bournemouth he went to Dorchester Town and then Welling United and then in 2011 moved to his current club Yeovil Town.
Marlon Broomes age: 34 CB/LB
Marlon Broomes made just over 30 appearances for Blackburn but during his time at the club he had three loan spells, one with Swindon Town, one with QPR and one with Grimsby Town. He transferred to Sheffield Wednesday in 2001 and then a year later moved to Preston North End where he experienced his most successful period. After PNE he moved to Stoke City where he stayed for three years before he moved to Blackpool. Near the end of his time at Blackpool he went on loan to Crewe Alexandra. Tranmere Rovers signed him in 2009 and he was there ‘til 2011 when he then moved to Clitheroe. Broomes Represented England at U20 and U21 level during his career.
Martin Taylor age: 32 CB/RB
He spent 7 years with the club before he was transferred to Birmingham City in 2004. During his time at Rovers though he impressed and made 88 appearances for the club. He also had two loan spells away from the club during this time, one at Darlington and another at Stockport County. For Birmingham he played Centre-Back but also at Right-Back and amassed over 90 appearances for the club. Taylor was involved in the tackle that broke Arsenal’s Eduardo in 2008. It was something that was out of character with many coming to the defence of the big defender. He was called up to England U21’s once. He won the Carling Cup in 2002 along with David Dunn and Damien Duff
Andy Taylor age: 25 CB
Taylor’s four year career ended without a league appearance and spent his career on loan. He spent time at QPR, Blackpool, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield Town and Tranmere Rovers who he then signed for in a permanent deal. A year later he signed for Sheffield United who he still is currently playing for. Taylor had a promising start to his career and was called up at every level up to U20 for England.
Phil Jones age: 20 CB
Well there is not much to say about the player that many don’t already know since his move to Manchester United. His United career started well even playing in midfield or at right-back showing his versatility. H e has been called up to the England senior side and has represented England at U21 and U19 level. Jones broke into the side in 2009-2010 season making 12 appearances in total and was then a first team regular the following season where he went on to make 28 appearances.
Grant Hanley age: 20 CB
He trained with Scottish side Queen of the South and Crewe Alexandra before he signed with Blackburn Rover at age 16 and as there was no transfer fee involved he is included in this experiment of mine due to that small loop-hole. Hanley has made 3 appearances for Scotland and represented them at U19 and U21 level also. He made his first appearances in 2009-2010 season and in the following season made 9 appearances in all competitions. This season so far Hanley has made 19 appearances and is looking like he is going to have a bright future in the Premiership in years to come.
David Dunn age: 32 CM
At present Dunn stills plays for rovers though he did have sometime away from the club when he was turning out for Birmingham City over a period of four years. Dunn has made over 300 appearances for the club scoring 53 goals. He won the League Cup with Blackburn in 2002 beating Tottenham 2-1. That match only saw four players out of the 22 to have been trained by the club play for the club. David Dunn was one, Martin Taylor was another with Damien Duff the third for Blackburn and Ledley King for Tottenham was the fourth. Dunn has been capped once by the England senior team and has represented England at U18 and heavily at U21 level.
Neil Danns age: 29 CM
Danns started out with Blackburn but only managed seven appearances for the club before he moved to Colchester United in 2004. He spent time on loan at Blackpool and Hartlepool United during his two years at Blackburn. Danns had two successful years at Colchester which earned him a transfer to Birmingham who in his first year with the club won promotion to the Premiership. The following season though Danns chance for a place in the starting line up were shortened and only made 4 appearances for them and so the following season signed for Crystal Palace. He went on to make over 100 appearances for Palace but at the beginning of this season signed for Leicester City
Damien Johnson age: 33 CM
Johnson spent one season on loan at Nottingham Forest and the rest of his career at Blackburn was trying to get into the first team. In the end he made over 60 appearances for the club but couldn’t get a regular spot and so moved to Birmingham City later teaming up with ex- team mates David Dunn and Martin Taylor. He spent 8 years at Birmingham before he moved to Plymouth Argyle. He is currently on loan at Huddersfield Town
David Hoilett age: 21
Since making his debut in 2009 Hoilett has gone on from strength to strength, so much so there is a possibility that Blackburn could lose the player in the summer with a host of clubs interested in him. He had two loan spells in Germany as he couldn’t play in the country as he didn’t have a working visa. He was on loan firstly at SC Paderborn 07 and then St. Pauli.
Alan Judge age: 23
Judge only made 2 appearances for Blackburn but had two successful spells at Plymouth Argyle where he made 46 appearances and scored 7 goals. Judge signed for Notts County in 2011 and has gone on to make 42 appearances for the club and have scored 4. Notts County signed Judge on a permanent deal after impressing on loan. During his career he has made 11 outings for the Rep. of Ireland U21’s but has yet to be called up to the senior side.
Keith Treacy age: 23
Treacy currently plays for Burnley signing from Preston North End at the beginning of the season. Treacy signed for Blackburn in 2005 after his time with Irish club Belvedere FC. Belvedere are a Dublin based club that has just deals with youth teams. He made 22 appearances in total for Blackburn but also spent time on loan at Stockport County and Sheffield United. The winger signed for Preston North End in 2009 and made 58 appearances in all competitions but was unable to avoid relegation. Treacy has made 6 appearances for the Republic of Ireland as well as running out for Ireland at U21 level
In similar circumstances Duff also joined Blackburn from Ireland not from Belvedere like Treacy but did do from a youth club and again no fee was paid so it is fine. Duff made his first appearances in the 1996-1997 season and went on to make 223 appearances for the club scoring 35 goals. Duff won the League Cup with Blackburn in the 2001-02 season along with David Dunn and Martin Taylor Duff made a high money transfer to Chelsea in 2003. After Chelsea he joined Newcastle. Duff suffered relegation with Blackburn and also unfortunately with Newcastle. After spending 3 years with Newcastle he moved back to London and joined Fulham where he currently stills plays and has played 108 games. Duff has made over 90 appearances for the Republic of Ireland and is the fifth most capped player
Jonathan Walters age: 28
Walters was unable to get any first team football and in the end moved to Bolton, but that only resulted in loan moves to Hull City, Crewe Alexandra and Barnsley. In 2004 Hull City signed the striker where he also saw a short loan move to Scunthorpe United. He did feature for Hull City heavily that season before he was on the move again signing for Wrexham and then a year later for Chester and then a year after that moved to Ipswich where he finally settled down. He spent three years at Ipswich which was his most prosperous time at any club and earned him a move to premiership club Stoke City. Walters has been called up to the Rep. of Ireland squad making 4 caps and has also represented Ireland at U21 level and the Rep. of Ireland “B” team.
Paul Gallagher age: 27
Gallagher made 75 appearances for Blackburn scoring 8. He had a successful loan spell with Stoke where he scored 12 goals playing 40 games and a loan spell at Preston North End and another stint at Stoke in the same year. A final loan move to Plymouth Argyle saw him score 13 in 40 games and the following season he moved to Leicester City where he currently plays. At Leicester he has gone on to make 118 appearances in three years scoring 27 goals.
Joe Garner age: 23
Garner currently plays for Watford but on his travels has also played for Nottingham Forest and Carlisle as well as Huddersfield and Scunthrope on loan. With his chances at Blackburn limited he went out on loan to Carlisle United where after an impressive time moved there on a permanent deal. He had a successful time there but after one season moved on to Nottingham Forest. Though he had a decent start by the end he was out on loan to firstly Huddersfield and then Scunthorpe. At the beginning of this season Garner moved clubs again this time to Watford. Garner has made 4 appearances for the England U19 side.
How they would line up
Stewart; Broomes, Jones, Hanley, M.Taylor; Hoilett, Dunn, Danns, Duff; Walters, Gallagher