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Blackburn Rovers F.C. Under-23s and Academy

Blackburn Rovers F.C. Academy and Under-23s are the youth teams of Blackburn Rovers. The Blackburn Rovers Academy holds Category One status. The current manager of the Under 23's side is Damien Johnson, a former Blackburn Rovers player. The team play in the Premier League 2 Division 1, after gaining promotion from the Premier League 2 Division 2 in the 2017/18 season.

Blackburn Rovers Academy and Under-23s
Full nameBlackburn Rovers Academy and Under-23s
Nickname(s)Rovers, Blue and Whites, The Riversiders[1]
Founded1875; 144 years ago (1875)
GroundCounty Ground (Leyland), Leyland, Lancashire
Head of AcademyStuart Jones
U23 Lead CoachDamien Johnson
LeaguePremier League 2
U18 Premier League
Current season

Under-23s teamEdit

Blackburn Rovers Under-23s play in the Premier League 2.

Damien Johnson currently oversees the Under-23. His predecessor, Eric Kinder left the role to take over as the club's Head of Academy. Kinder was appointed Gary Bowyer's replacement following his appointment as first team manager following two successful caretaker spells. However, the new current head of Academy at Blackburn Rovers is Stuart Jones. The Under 23s play their home games at The Lancashire FA County Ground at Leyland, Preston.

The AcademyEdit

Blackburn Rovers Academy is overseen by Stuart Jones and Damien Johnson, and holds Category One status, the highest possible. The club maintained this status in a full audit which took place during the 2017/18 season. The Academy trains at Brockhall training village, the same location as the first team and the Under 23s. It also provides a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Blackburn Rovers producing high quality players in the past. Former players such as Damien Duff, Phil Jones, Damien Johnson, James Beattie, Neil Danns, Jonathan Walters, and Anthony Pilkington were all nurtured in The Academy. Current professional football players also include Jason Lowe, Martin Olsson, David Dunn, Grant Hanley, Josh Morris, Adam Henley, John O'Sullivan and Jack O'Connell. Recent graduates such as Lewis Travis, Ryan Nyambe and David Raya all play for Blackburn Rovers first team in the Championship today.

History & FacilitiesEdit

In January 1991, British industrialist and businessman Jack Walker a lifelong fan of Blackburn Rovers completed the takeover of the club. In the following years, the Brockhall Village Academy, was constructed at a cost of approximately £4.75 million. The centre included state of the art facilities on a par with top training facilities elsewhere in Europe. It includes 6 full-size pitches, indoor training facilities, an indoor running track, outdoor running "hill", a swimming pool, goalkeeper training facilities as well as accommodation for the youth players.

Blackburn Rovers India AcademyEdit

On 19 November 2010, Pune based chicken meat processing, and pharmaceutical company, Venkateshwara Hatcheries Private Limited., completed the takeover of Blackburn Rovers, under the name Venky's London Limited.[2][3]

One of the companies early ambitions was to open an Academy back in their home nation of India. Managing director, told The Indian Express newspaper the club was planning a centre of excellence near Pune which is 100 km (60 miles) from Mumbai.

"We are getting an academy and a stadium in Pune," Venky's B. Balaji Rao was quoted as saying. "The site is near the Mumbai-Pune highway and will be ready in a year-and-a-half or two years." Rao said the academy, on the outskirts of the city, will be run exactly like a Rovers' training centre at Brockhall in northwest England, taking players from the age of 11 and 12. As of 2016 however no academy or stadium has been constructed.[4]


Development SquadEdit

As of 10 August 2019[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Jordan Eastham
33   GK Andy Fisher
  GK Joe Hilton
  DF Louie Annesley
  DF Sam Barnes
  DF Hayden Carter
  DF Charley Doyle
35   DF Joe Grayson
  DF Andy Jackson
38   DF Tyler Magloire
36   DF Matthew Platt
No. Position Player
  DF Lewis Thompson
  DF Scott Wharton
39   MF John Buckley
  MF Jack Evans
  MF Brad Lyons
  MF Stefan Mols
  MF Ben Paton
37   MF Joe Rankin-Costello
  MF Tom White
34   FW Daniel Butterworth
  FW Jack Vale

Academy (Under-18s)Edit

As of August 10, 2019.[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Jordan Eastham
  DF Flavien Boyomos
  DF Daniel Pike
  DF Isaac Whitehall
  MF Luke Brennan
No. Position Player
  MF Sam Burns
  MF James Connolly
  MF Sam Durrant
  MF Jalil Saadi
  MF Chanka Zimba

Noted graduatesEdit

Blackburn Rovers' youth system has been successful over the years, many players who have come through it have gone on to feature in the first-team and make an impact or progress in the 1st teams of other clubs in the future.

Current/Former Rovers first teamersEdit

Other notable academy graduatesEdit


  1. ^ "Nicknames". Club Nicknames. 2 August 2009. Archived from the original on 7 September 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Rovers Takeover Complete - Financial Document" (PDF). Blackburn Rovers. 19 November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 December 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Venky's spent £23m to buy Blackburn". Deccan Chronicle. 21 November 2010. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Blackburn to set up Indian academy". Football Association. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Development Squad". Blackburn Rovers Official Site. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Under-18s". Retrieved 10 August 2019.

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