In Both Camps; Blackburn Rovers

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Leicester played Blackburn in the FA Cup last, defeated 2-1 at home Feburary this year. This afternoon Leicester are facing Rovers again, and memories goes back to a previous meeting from the past, when Paul Dickov scored the 1-0 winner in the FA Cup quarter finals in 2005, this sent his previous club, and new club to be, out of the tournament

This time we hope that Leicester can get through, thinking of another former fox from that game also in the line up as Keith Gillespie played the game at Ewood Park that day.

Marcus Bent is another player who have seen life in both camps. Playing for Blackburn from 2000 to 2001 adding up 37 appearances, scoring 8 goals. He later had a loan spell at Leicester during the 03/04 season.

Nils Eric Johansson was in the Blackburn line-up for that FA Cup quarter final, joining Leicester just a season after and staying until 2007. A total of 86 league games for Blackburn, 75 for Leicester.

Alan Birchenall is also a former player in both camps, moving to Ewood Park late in his career having a short stint there from 1978 to 1979, playing just 18 games, before he moved on to new destinations.

Robbie Savage also played for both parties and became a fans favourite. He had his first top flight years with Leicester from 1997 to 2002 and after a period at Birmingham, joined Blackburn in 2005 and played 75 league games until 2008 when he moved and joined Derby.

John Curtis and Billy McKinley are two others with a life at both clubs, Curtis coming to Leicester from Blackburn in 2003 and McKinlay having two periods at Leicester first on loan under MON and later joining Micky Adams and helping the club reach prmotion in 2002/03.

Steve Agnew joined Leicester from Blackburn and became captain. He stayed at Leicester from 1992 to 1995 before making a move to Sunderland, he also represented Barnsley, York and Portmsouth.

Alan Fettis had a loan spell at Leicester, but never played in the first team, he did play 11 league games for Blackburn. Callum Davidson was a £1.6million signing for Leicester from Blackburn, and had a good life in both camps.

One of the entertainers of the 60’s and 70’s, Derek Dougan, scoring 26 goals in 59 league appearances for Blackburn from 1959 to 1961, he later made his name at Leicester and especially with Wolves later on.

Tim Flowers the former England international that was in goal for Blackburn when they did win the Premier League and later played for Leicester as he won a League Cup winners medal. Simon Grayson is also a former player in this category, being at Leicester from 1992 to 1997 and later at Blackburn from 1999 to 2002.

Mike Newell was a record Leicester signing from Luton, he later joined Blackburn and was a Ewood Park during their best years being a forward to count on Kenny Dalglish in the years of Premier League and Champions League football. He was at Ewood Park from 1991 to 1996, scoring 28 goals in 130 league appearances. His short stay at Leicester was in real impressive but a move to Everton was unstoppable, being at the club from 1987 to 1989, scoring 21 goals in 81 league games.

David Speedie also had a life in both camps, making the most out of both stays, helping Blackburn to the Premier League scoring in the play-off’s vs. Leicester and later doing the same at Leicester as Brian Little took Leicester up to the Premier League in 1993-94 season.

Yakubu had a loan spell at Leicester from Everton and joined Blackburn shortly after, adding up 17 goals in 30 league appearances from 2011 to 2012.

Players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Tim Flowers
    • Alan Fettis
  • Defenders
    • John Curtis
    • Callum Davidson
    • Simon Grayson
    • Nils Eric Johansson
  • Midfield
    • Robbie Savage
    • Keith Gillespie
    • Billy McKinley
    • Alan Birchenall
    • Steve Agnew
  • Forwards
    • Yakubu
    • Mike Newell
    • Paul Dickov
    • Marcus Bent
    • David Speedie
    • Derek Dougan


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