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Blackburn Rovers 1-3 Leeds United: FLW reports as Bielsa’s side take a big step towards the Premier League
If Leeds continue to play like this for the rest of the season, it will surely not be long until they finally secure that much talked about return to the Premier League. Up against a Blackburn side knowing this was a must-win game if they were to have any realistic hopes of reaching the play-offs […]

EFL club set to announce signing of departed Blackburn Rovers man next week
Jack Evans is set to sign for Forest Green Rovers after his Blackburn Rovers departure at the end of last month. The 19-year-old is a product of the Blackburn youth academy. He gained good experience in both the U18 and U23 side’s, but never featured for the first-team. Now as club’s announce their retained lists, […]

League One ace linked with Blackburn, Derby County, Leeds admits he turned down January offers
Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis has admitted that he has rejected offers to leave the club this season, with the last coming in January. The 24-year-old showed his class again last night, scoring and impressing in his side’s 1-1 draw with Oxford United in the first-leg of the League One play-off semi-finals. He’s had another fine season at […]

Tony Mowbray delivers verdict on 'exceptional' Leeds United individual
Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has described his opposite number, Marcelo Bielsa, as exceptional, but is aware that his Leeds United side aren’t invincible in the Championship this season. Leeds are chasing promotion in the Championship again under Bielsa and are hoping to right last season’s wrongs by winning a place back in the Premier […]

Kalvin Phillips issues classy Bradley Dack verdict as Leeds United's trip to Blackburn looms
Kalvin Phillips has been talking up the talents of Bradley Dack, despite the midfielder’s absence for Leeds United’s trip to Blackburn Rovers this weekend in the Championship. Leeds are heading to Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon looking for a return to winning ways in the Championship after dropping two points against Luton Town during the […]

Key Blackburn Rovers team news emerges as Leeds United task draws closer
Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed that he has ‘seven starters’ unavailable for this weekend’s meeting with Leeds United, but Darragh Lenihan will return to offer the home side a significant boost.   Lenihan didn’t feature in the defeat to Barnsley last time out, with Mowbray citing personal issues for his absence, which means […]

Confirmed Blackburn v Leeds lineups: Douglas starts, Hernandez on the bench

Blackburn Rovers starting XI: Walton; Nyambe, Lenihan, Adarabioyo, Bennett; Travis, Johnson; Rothwell, Holtby, Armstrong; Gallagher. Blackburn Rovers substitutes: Leutwiler, Graham, Chapman, Samuel, Mulgrew, Davenport, Downing,...

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Striker wanted by Sunderland will become a free-agent today, contract not renewed

Sunderland can sign a new striker for absolutely nothing from today onwards with Chanka Zimba set to leave Blackburn Rovers on a free. Back in...

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Sunderland star could be replaced by U23 prospect, new contract reported

Anthony Patterson has been offered a new one-year contract at Sunderland in the clearest indication yet that the young goalkeeper could soon make his first-team...

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'Looks really good': Klopp names the Liverpool youngsters who shone vs Blackburn

Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to a host of Liverpool youngsters after the 6-0 friendly thrashing of Blackburn on Thursday, hailing the impact of Ki-Jana...

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Report: Sunderland star will leave after EFL decision, Championship club confident of deal

Blackburn Rovers are confident of tying up a deal for Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin with his contract due to expire at the end of this...

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Report: West Brom ace in talks with Championship rival, their manager called him 'brilliant'

Chris Brunt could reunite with Michael O’Neill this summer with Stoke City in talks to sign the West Bromwich Albion legend on a free transfer,...

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How Wigan, Bolton, Burnley and Lancashire's other football clubs have declined
There is a pattern of decline where the clubs within the old Lancashire county boundaries are concerned. Almost every club is facing strife of one form or another and for some it's too late.

Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City consider summer move for Shrewsbury defender Aaron Pierre 
Shrewsbury defender Aaron Pierre is wanted by Blackburn and Birmingham City. Pierre is widely regarded as one of the best centre-halves outside the top two divisions.

Leicester City in talks with attacking midfielder Thanawat Suengchitthawon
Brendan Rodgers will be keen to add depth to his squad next term, especially with Champions League football looking a very strong possibility for his high flying Foxes side.

EFL situation over restarting the football season ahead of crunch vote
While the Premier League are firmly on course for a much-anticipated restart, the situation is far more complicated in the EFL ahead of a crunch meeting involving all the clubs on Tuesday next week.

Championship clubs struggling to afford to coronavirus tests to receive financial help
EXCLUSIVE BY MIKE KEEGAN: Championship clubs having difficulty affording the tests will be allowed to put payments on hold, Sportsmail can reveal.

The day Miklosko delivered a Hammer blow to Fergie and handed Dalglish's Blackburn the title
FINAL DAY CLASSICS - MAY 14, 1995: ADRIAN KAJUMBA takes us back 25 years to when Manchester United slipped up in east London to hand Blackburn their first top-flight title in 81 years...

Leeds close on Premier League return after easing to victory over Blackburn

Leeds took a huge stride towards the Premier League as goals from Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich helped to secure a 3-1 win at Blackburn.

The win moves the Championship leaders four points clear of second-placed West Brom, who will have the chance to haul back the deficit against struggling Hull on Sunday.

Related: Said Benrahma hat-trick for Brentford completes horror week for Wigan

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Football clockwatch: Leicester 3-0 Palace, Leeds, Brentford and Fulham win and more – as it happened

And that’s your lot. Stay on the site for MBM coverage of Wolves v Arsenal and, later, Chelsea v Watford, plus reports and reaction from this afternoon’s action. Thanks for following. Bye.

Related: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

And while I was talking you through that, Torino pulled a goal back at Juventus deep into first-half stoppage time through Andrea Belotti. It’s 2-1 to the champions at the interval.

In the Championship, Leeds give us another excuse to overuse the phrase “16-year exile” as they strengthen their position at the top. Ten points from their final five games will put them back in the Premier League. Brentford in third are now only two points behind West Brom, who host Hull tomorrow, and the Bees must fancy their chances of nicking an automatic promotion spot. Fulham are back up to fourth, and Cardiff in sixth now have a three-point cushion to Derby in seventh.

At the bottom Luton and Barnsley played like condemned men today but are still only five and four points respectively from safety and are likely to have Wigan slotted in beneath them when and if the Latics’ points deduction is applied.

So what does all this mean for the league tables? Manchester United are now up to fourth, though Chelsea can go back above them this evening, and Leicester remain third, with currently a four-point cushion to fifth. Bournemouth are still second-bottom, a point from safety but having played a game more than Villa and Watford. Palace have 42 points and don’t much care.

And here’s Jonathan Wilson’s report on Leicester’s win, and Vardy’s century:

Related: Jamie Vardy plunders Crystal Palace to become Leicester's man of the century

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Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace, Man Utd 5-2 Bournemouth, Norwich 0-1 Brighton

And that’s enough to win it for Fulham. They should be good for a play-off place now.

A lovely team goal breaks the deadlock at the last.

Cardiff have clung on to beat listing Bristol City 1-0 and Stoke have beaten Barnsley 4-0.

And Leicester’s lean run has ended - not a performance as emphatic as the scoreline but the manner, and identity, of their goals and scorers will cheer them. Palace thoughts drift closer to that beach.

Leeds have won 3-1 at Blackburn – Bielsa’s side get ever closer - and Reading have walloped Luton 5-0. And Man Utd have beaten Bournemouth 5-2 in another scintillating display.

An absolutely textbook Leicester, and Vardy, goal, Barnes feeding Vardy on a speedy break and the latter doing his thing.

Tom Ince has just curled in a beauty with his left foot to add some more gloss to a victory that has been inevitable for an hour.

Juan Cuadrado has doubled Juventus’s lead against Torino. Second-placed Lazio host Milan later tonight by the way.

Sending off! Wigan’s sub Joe Garner left his foot too high and he has been, somewhat harshly, given a straight red. As injustices go it perhaps pales compared to your club being taken over by people who don’t seem to have the money but nothing is going right for Wigan.

The job Neil Harris has done since taking over at Cardiff has gone a little under the radar, but they look play-off bound at the moment, and they lead now at Ashton Gate, Lee Tomlin feeding Danny Ward with a surging run through the centre before Ward’s low drive.

Jamie Vardy comes out of the nervous 90s and has his 100th Premier League goal at last, profiting from calamitous defending from Palace’s Sakho, who lost the ball, Barnes played in Vary who finished comfortably. An actual Leicester win looks in the offing.

McCarthy has replaced McArthur for Palace, in what is a long way from a classic at Leicester.

There’s no doubt Benrahma meant this, the Algerian sending a crisp instinctive first-times shot into the bottom corner after fine work from Josh Dasilva. What a player, what a side, and what a model Brentford have become for clubs of their stature.

Fulham have upped the ante against Birmingham after a lacklustre first half, but can’t make the breakthrough. Likewise for Cardiff at Bristol City.

At the King Power, Praet has come on for the scorer, Iheanacho, a surprisingly defensive substitution perhaps. Leicester need to stay alert at the moment, Cahill having just gone close with a header for Palace.

It’s that man again! Benrahma executes a bit of trickery down the left, cuts in then out, then curls a cross over an out of position keeper. Did he mean it? Whatever, his attacking audacity was rewarded and Brentford continue to breathe down West Brom’s necks and Wigan’s week goes from bad to worse.

And Yakou Meite has scored his fourth of the afternoon against disintegrating Luton.

A goal in Serie A. Juventus aren’t hanging about, Paulo Dybala putting the Serie A leaders ahead in the city derby at home to Torino after only three minutes.

Luton’s defence has totally given up the ghost at Kenilworth Road, George Puscas applying some salt into their gaping wounds with Reading’s fourth.

A couple of bookings to tell you about at the King Power, Marc Albrighton for a foul a few minutes ago for Leicester, and Palace’s James McArthur just now, also for a clumsy foul.

Leeds restore their two-goal cushion, somewhat fortunately. Klich’s shot taking a deflection past the keeper Walton, who fumbled it in but appeared blindsided by a Leeds attacker in an offside looking position. But thems the breaks.

We’ve not talked about Bristol City v Cardiff at all yet have we? As befitting recent form, Cardiff have dominated but haven’t broken through yet. Still goalless. And now it’s 4-2 to Manchester United.

Another fine free-kick at Ewood Park, Blackburn cutting the deficit and opening things up with a lovely Adam Armstrong effort into the top right corner from 25 yards.

Leicester lead! Tielemans gets down the left plays it inside the box, Iheanacho gets there first, controls and finishes from close range.

Jamie Vardy has just gone close with a header for Leicester, while Manchester United have just conceded an absurd penalty through an Eric Bailly handball, it’s been scored and it’s 3-2. Game on?

They’re back underway, around and about the place. Leicester have brought on Ryan Bennett for Ben Chilwell, who’s apparently suffering from foot knack.

Here’s the scores on the doors at the interval:

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It’s still not happening for Leicester – they had the better of that half without looking particularly incisive; you’d make them underdogs for a Champions League spot now.

It’s 3-1 to Man Utd now, a stunner from Martial.

Milivojevic goes close for Palace with a fine, arcing free-kick from distance which just narrowly misses the target, their best – and practically their first – chance so far. Frustration in front of goal continues for Leicester though. Still goalless.

A tremendous free-kick from Kalvin Phillips, from just left of centre is guided into the top corner with forensic accuracy. They’re not wobbling now.

The bottom two are having a nightmare today, Campbell gets a second and Stoke’s third and that’s probably game over.

Nathan Jones doesn’t look as if he’s going to be able to turn things round for the Championship’s bottom club, with Yakou Meite completing a career-first hat-trick for Reading, who are rampant here. A swift return to League One looks ever more likely.

Normal, entirely predictable service is also resumed in the Premier League as Manchester United go 2-1 up against Bournemouth with a Rashford penalty.

A magnificently farcical passage of play at Craven Cottage, where a swift Birmingham break is foiled by multiple players falling over at inopportune moments and breaking up play. Blues have been the better side mind.

Leicester continue to dominate against Palace, who haven’t fashioned a chance worthy of the name so far, their attacking players anonymous. But they’ve not scored, which is an ongoing problem.

Bamford off the post! A deft move prompted by Luke Ayling culminates in Bamford coming close to his and Leeds’s second at Blackburn but it remains just the 1-0 to the leaders.

And Manchester United are level against Bournemouth.

Brentford’s momentum shows no sign of stalling, and they lead with a classy sharp volley from Saïd Benrahma, one of the stars of the season. Read more about him here:

Related: 'He could nutmeg a mermaid': the rise of Brentford's Saïd Benrahma | Ben Fisher

They’re getting them in pairs in the Championship, Yakour Meite deepening Luton’s relegation woes with two in two minutes.

Leicester have just gone close at the King Power, James Justin firing over after being fed by Ayoze Pérez.

And Bournemouth have only gone and scored at Old Trafford. Smyth can tell you more here.

Important goals in the big relegation tussle in the Potteries, a deft back-heel finish from Tyrese Campbell after a defensive lapse doubling Stoke’s lead after Sam Vokes had put them ahead.

And Lewis Holtby has just hit the post for Blackburn.

If Leeds win the second-tier this season, that’ll be their first second-tier title win since 1990, when Liverpool were also last top-tier champions. Any historical precedents for this quirk?

The Championship leaders are ahead, though was there a foul in the buildup? Blackburn’s Travis was brusquely dispossessed by Kalvin Phillips but the ref deemed it a fair challenge, and Phillips nudged it onto Bamford who finished coolly.

Anyone watching any of these games in a pub? How’s the atmosphere? Is there one?

Uneventful start at the King Power, though Coyuncu and Benteke already having collided forcefully, which suggests that could be a battle to look out for. Still 0-0.

At Craven Cottage, Birmingham’s celebrated boy wonder Jude Bellingham’s just made a bit of a mess of a chance gifted to him by Fulham doziness. 0-0 there too.

Those whistles are a-blowin’

And here’s Peter Lansley’s report on a dramatic finale at Derby:

Related: Chris Martin's late equaliser for Derby County denies Nottingham Forest

Ed Aarons was at Carrow Road watching Norwich succumb again. Here’s his report:

Related: Norwich look doomed after Trossard's goal seals win for Brighton

From last night – Millwall kept themselves in with a play-off shout with a much-needed derby win at the Valley:

Related: Jake Cooper cashes in on error to give Millwall victory at Charlton

Forest will be kicking themselves, having given away a needless free-kick, which Wayne Rooney slung in for Martin to just about force home.

So Forest stay fourth for now, with Derby in seventh and still firmly in contention for a play-off place.

Would you Adam and Eve it! Straight after going down to 10 men, Derby have snatched a point. And that is full-time.

Full-time at Carrow Road: Norwich have lost 0-1 to Brighton, meaning the former are surely doomed now while the latter are nearly safe. While at Pride Park, Martyn Waghorn has been sent off in injury-time with Forest still 1-0 up

Brentford v Wigan
Brentford: Raya, Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry, Marcondes, Norgaard, Baptiste, Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma. Subs: Jensen, Da Silva, Valencia, Dervisoglu, Jeanvier, Fosu, Daniels, Zamburek, Roerslev Rasmussen.

Wigan: Marshall, Byrne, Kipre, Balogun, Robinson, Williams, Morsy, Naismith, Dowell, Lowe, Moore. Subs: Macleod, Fox, Evans, Massey, Pearce, Garner, Jones, Mlakar, Gelhardt.

Meanwhile at Pride Park Forest have just twice come close to extending their lead, Lewis Grabban firing narrowly over after a swift counter, then Tiago Silva rattling a post after being fed by Grabban.

Here’s the teamsheet from the King Power

Leicester: Schmeichel, Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Morgan, Gray, Ward, Barnes, Choudhury, Mendy, Praet, Fuchs, Bennett.

Some pre-match reading – Paul Doyle on Leicester’s decline:

Related: Leicester unravelled and desperate owing to small squad's broken belief | Paul Doyle

In the early games, Norwich, predictably, are losing at home to Brighton after, predictably, starting brightly then fading. Join Scott Murray for MBM fun here. And in the big east Midlands set-to at Pride Park, Nottingham Forest are clinging on to the 1-0 lead given them by Joe Lolley’s 12th-minute long-distance shot. If Forest hang on they’ll leapfrog Brentford into third, for at least a wee while anyhow.

Afternoon everyone. The city of Leicester has bigger things to worry about right now than the fate of its football team, as it grapples with a reimposed Covid-19 lockdown and all the deep anxieties that entails. But within the smaller, less consequential bubble of Premier League football, Brendan Rodgers has had plenty to be mithered by of late too. Leicester haven’t got going at all since the resumption, and the verve of last autumn – with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, James Maddison and Ben Chilwell all at the very top of their games – seems a very distant memory.

Still, they remain in the shakeup for the Champions League places and should back themselves against a Crystal Palace side who’ve blown hot and cold since the restart – blowing away Bournemouth before being blown away themselves by Liverpool and blunted by Burnley. They’ve got less to play for today, so they could either play with freedom and confidence or like they’d rather have been in the pub since 6am, which no one actually was this morning.

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Championship roundup: Leeds fight for draw while Brentford beat Reading

  • Stuart Dallas saves Leeds from defeat against bottom side Luton
  • Brentford keep pressure on top two with fourth successive win

The Championship leaders Leeds needed a Stuart Dallas equaliser to earn a point against the division’s bottom side Luton. Harry Cornick gave the visitors the lead early in the second half with a superb strike to spark hope of a shock victory at Elland Road.

However, 13 minutes later Dallas calmly slotted past Simon Sluga in the Luton goal to secure a draw that extends Leeds’ lead over West Brom at the top to four points – Albion face Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday.

Related: 'He could nutmeg a mermaid': the rise of Brentford's Saïd Benrahma | Ben Fisher

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Lewis Holtby: 'Losing 6-0 to Liverpool last week showed us what we have to do better'

The Blackburn midfielder on his team’s play-off chances, his Anglo-German family and his former Spurs teammates

The Zoom call is coming to an end but one final question needs to be asked of Lewis Holtby: who is the best player he has had the privilege of calling a teammate? He puffs his cheeks before reeling off not one but three: Mousa Dembélé, Gareth Bale and Raúl, with whom he played at Schalke before joining Tottenham. His roll call has the makings of a handy five-a-side team. “I wouldn’t mind it,” he says, smiling. “Put Manuel Neuer in goal and we would win the Championship!”

Holtby may not be targeting the title when 10th-placed Blackburn Rovers’ season resumes at home to Bristol City on Saturday but the midfielder is determined to mount a promotion push via the play-offs. He sustained a knee ligament injury in February and was set to miss the run-in but is raring to go. “From 11th to third place, I would say it’s all to play for. From these nine games, you need to win at least six because the competition is going to be intense; you can win two on the bounce and be right up there and then draw two and be miles off it. It’s important to beat your hardest opponents.”

Related: What's at stake in the Championship: title race, play-offs and relegation

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My favourite game: when Blackburn stunned Arsenal in the 2013 FA Cup | Michael Butler

As a Rovers fan living across the road from the Emirates, it was a great feeling to watch this scrappy win even from the home end

It is a wonderful thing to live next to a football ground. Every other week my road, bordering the Emirates Stadium, would become transformed and a palpable, fleeting feeling of community would blossom. Groups pouring out of pubs, singing or huddled in conversation; parents skipping down the road, just as excitable as their wide-eyed sons and daughters; a few older figures in hats and scarves that might give you a nod before shuffling off to get in their seats, nice and early.

Related: 'It's still ridiculous' – Van Persie's 2012-13 season at Manchester United

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Blackburn's title memories and the threat to amateur football – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning talk to Michael Butler on and about the 25th anniversary Blackburn winning the Premier League, memories of the 1994-95 season and the pain of being unable to play football at grassroots level

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Max and Barry talk with Michael Butler about Blackburn Rovers’ title-winning season of 1994-95, with stories of training being regularly stopped by hearses, the SAS, an appraisal of the notion that they bought the league and Jack Walker attempting to penalise one of Michael’s relatives for supporting the wrong team.

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Wolves interested in 22-year-old defensive ace – Would he be a good addition?

Why Wolves must make a move for Manchester City’s Tosin Adarabioyo According to 90min (h/t Leeds Live), Wolves are among a host of English clubs interested in signing Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo. Tosin Adarabioyo, 22, spent last season out on loan with West Brom and is impressing this campaign in the Championship once again, […] More

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Newcastle United to sign 10-goal forward – A good move by the club to boost attack?

Why Newcastle United must make a move for Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong According to the Chronicle (h/t The Lancs Live), Newcastle United are among a host of Premier League clubs interested in signing Blackburn Rovers forward Adam Armstrong. Adam Armstrong, 23, has been a revelation at Blackburn Rovers since joining permanently from Newcastle United in August […] More

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Leeds and Bristol fail to impress but who worked wonders? – A look at 3 winners and 3 losers of Matchday 22

2019-20 EFL Championship: 3 winners and 3 losers from Matchday 22 We are just a week away from reaching the halfway mark in the 2019-20 edition of the EFL Championship and the promotion race is shaping up nicely, with the platform very much set for yet another intriguing top-six battle. Leeds United and West Brom […] More

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5 Instances when Premier League teams swapped players between themselves

5 Instances when Premier League teams swapped players between themselves Swap deals between clubs playing in the same league are rare occurrences in football, especially in the Premier League, where the clubs are rather reluctant to sell their star players to their rivals. Even if they do agree to do business, outright cash is what […] More

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5 one-season wonders in the Premier League and what happened to them eventually

5 one-season wonders in the Premier League and what happened to them eventually When we talk about prolific goalscorers in the Premier League, the names of Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and more recently, Mo Salah and Harry Kane come to our mind. All the aforementioned players […] More

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Aston Villa signing this skilled 25-year-old ace would boost creativity and goalscoring prowess up front

Aston Villa Opinion: Why Dean Smith should make a move for Bradley Dack? According to a report from The Sun, Aston Villa and Brighton are interested in signing Blackburn Rovers star Bradley Dack this summer. The 25-year-old midfielder was one of the standout players for Blackburn Rovers last season, as the Championship outfit finished 15th […] More

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