OPPOSITION PREVIEW: BLACKBURN ROVERS
Match Previews30th June
Tuesday, 18th August 2015 - Ewood Park - 7:45pm kick-off
Saturday, 2nd January 2016 - Cardiff City Stadium - 3pm kick-off
The Lancashire side will aim to end this season in the play-offs or better though manager Gary Bowyer will have his work cut out, restricted to free signings and loans after the club was placed under a transfer embargo. These restrictions leave Bowyer the monumental task of replacing Fulham-bound Tom Cairney and Joshua King, who has signed for Sky Bet Championship winners AFC Bournemouth.
Last Time Out: Cardiff City 1-1 Blackburn Rovers - Tuesday, 17th February 2015, Championship
A 1-1 home draw in February was the last meeting between these sides. Sean Morrison heading Cardiff in front late on but Rudy Gestede slotted in during injury time to ensure a second draw of the campaign.
Previous Encounter: Cardiff City 3-1 Blackburn Rovers - Saturday, 28th March 1925, F.A Cup Semi-Final
The Bluebirds reached two F.A. Cup Final’s in the 1920’s, lifting the famous trophy in 1927. They also made it to Wembley in 1925, facing off against Blackburn Rovers in the semi-finals, and defeating Rovers, 3-1. Played at Notts County FC, the Bluebirds goals were scored by Joe Nicholson, Jimmy Gill and Harry Beadles.
Former Bluebirds Rudy Gestede and Craig Conway played a vital role in Rovers’ success last term with Gestede netting 22 league goals and Conway, who acted as supplier, getting 10 assists. This has led to Premier League interest in Gestede.
Did you know? Blackburn Rovers were founder members of the Football League in 1888, finishing fourth in the inaugural season.