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last updated Saturday 14th October 2000, 12:11 AM

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Fulham Team News

Manager Jean Tigana has a fully fit squad to choose from, including top scorer Louis Saha who has recovered from the knee injury which kept him out of the win at Bolton. The frenchman may have to settle for a place on the bench, however, after his replacement Luis Boa Morte scored both goals in the Reebok Stadium success. Rufus Brevett and Sean Davis are back in contention but unlikely to be included, and young loan signing Nicolas Sahnoun may have to wait for his chance.

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Fulham Background

They have not played top division football for 32 years, since they were relegated in 1968.

This season Fulham are obviously looking for promotion, if they achieve this they would have won promotion from the bottom division to the top division in the space of five seasons, after finishing Div 3 runners-up in 1996-97 and then Div 2 Champions two season's ago. Al Fayed bought a controlling interest in Fulham FC in May 1997, with an initial investment of £30m. Shortly after his takeover, he went on record as saying that he was looking for Fulham to be a Premiership club in 5 years time.

Al Fayed has spent over £20m on around 40 new players, since his arrival.

Their best league finish came in season 1959-60 when they finished 10th in the old Div 1.

Last season Fulham finished 9th, 9 points off a play-off place and 24 points behind Champions Charlton. Last season was their first season in this division in 13 years, since they were relegated from the old Div 2 in season 1985-86.

Won 17 and lost 13 of their 46 Lge games last season.

Scored 49 goals last season, the seventh lowest scorers in Div 1.

Went on a mad goal drought between Dec-Jan of last season, they scored only once in an 8 game spell in the Lge, and that was an own goal!

Conceded only 41 goals last season, only Man City had a better defence last season.

Kept 23 clean sheets in their 57 games in all comps last season.

Won only 4 away games last season, losing 10 of the other 19.

Made a great start to last season, remaining unbeaten in their first 10 Lge games, winning 6 (keeping 6 clean sheets in these 10). Went as high as second in the table.

Remained in the top 10 in all of last season, but did not figure in the play-off positions in the last half of the season.

Fulham made a perfect start to this season, winning their opening 9 League games, scoring 26 and conceding only 4. They won their first 6 League games, the last time they were promoted to the top division, 41 years ago in season 1958-59. They finished runners-up in the old Div 2 behind Sheff Wed in that season.

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Fulham Season

Position in League: 1st Manager: Jean Tigana July 2000

Stadium: Craven Cottage. Nickname: The Cottagers

Have now won their last 10 League games, including the last game of last season a club record!!.

Currently top the First division - their highest League position for 17 years, since they topped the old Div 2 in October 1983, under Malcolm McDonald.

Fulham are unbeaten in their last 14 home League games, winning 11. Their last home defeat came against Grimsby in January. The 1-0 defeat against Grimsby was also the last time they failed to score at home.

Have scored 38 goals and conceded only 8 goals in these last 14 home League games.

Have scored 25 goals in their 7 home games so far this season, in all comps.

Are through to the 3rd rnd of the Worthington Cup were they will met Wolves at Craven Cottage.

Played a friendly against Bordeaux last Friday winning 1-0 with a goal from John Collins.

Fulham's forthcoming League fixtures:

Wed 18 Oct Crystal Palace H
Sat 21 Oct Wolves         A
Tue 24 Oct Preston        H
Sat 28 Oct Sheff Wed      A
Sat 04 Nov Huddesfield    H

Jean Tigana was appointed Fulham manager on July 1 (Fulham announced his arrival on April 9), taking over from Karl-Heinz Riedle who had been in temporary charge for the last 6 weeks of the season. Riedle took over from Paul Bracewell who was sacked on Mar 29, just 10 months after being appointed (Fulham's play-off hopes had all but ended by this time). Fulham have now seen five managers depart in the last four years.

Tigana was wanted by the French FA to succeed Aime Jacquet as national coach after France 98, by the time Tigana left Monaco Roger Lemerre had already been appointed. Tigana spent the next year treading grapes on his French vineyard and working as a players agent.

Mohamed Al Fayed had originally wanted Eric Cantona as Manager, but after failing to secure his services, turned to Tigana after being recommended by Cantona. Tigana has coached players such as Petit, Henry, Barthez and Thuram.

Tigana has installed a strict training regime at the club, during the summer, players were working out as early as 6am in their training camp in France. All the players have undergone blood tests and dental checks in rigorous medicals. Some days players train three times a day. He has brought in assistant Christian Damiano and fitness trainer Roger Propos to the club.

Tigana claims to have watched all 57 Fulham games last season.

As a player Tigana won the European Championship with France in 1984. He won 52 French caps and played in two World Cup semi-finals. As a manager he guided Monaco to the French title in 1997, he also knocked Man Utd out of the Champions League quarter-final in 1998.

Tigana was voted Nationwide Division 1 Manager of the month for August.

Arthur Cox resigned as the Club’s Director of Football on Thursday August 28.

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Fulham Pen-Pix

    Kevin Betsy

  • 22 year old forward, born in the Seychelles.
  • Made only two sub appearances last season.
  • Come on as sub against Crewe on the the 1st day of the season - his first senior appearance for a year.
  • Middle names are Eddie Lewis - the name of another Fulham player!
  • Represented England at semi-professional level.
  • Had loan spells at Bournemouth and Hull last season.
  • Joined from Woking for £80,000 two years ago.
  • His only League start for Fulham came against Millwall in April 99, he also scored.
  • His first two senior appearances came at Anfield (Live on Sky) and Old Trafford in the WC and FA Cup respectively a couple of season's ago.
  • Has made 3 appearances this season the 1st day of the season against Crewe as a sub and 2 Worthington Cup appearances both starts, against Northampton in the 1st rnd 1st leg (Live on Sky) and against Chesterfield in the 2nd rnd 2nd leg, in both games he was subbed at half-time.

    Luis Boa Morte

  • Signed on season's long loan from Southampton.
  • Made 14 Prem appearances last season, only 6 starts.
  • His only goal coming in 3-2 defeat at Watford last December.
  • Struggled with a persistent hamstring injury last season.
  • Joined Southampton from Arsenal for £500,000 in August 1999.
  • Made 25 Prem appearances for Arsenal.
  • Former Portuguese U-21 international.
  • Sent-off on full Saints debut in Middlesbrough defeat on September 11, 1999 for handling on the line.
  • Has started all 4 Worthington Cup games this season.
  • Has appeared in all 9 League games this season, started just the 2.
  • Has scored 6 times this season, 5 in the League.
  • Has scored Fulham's last 3 goals.

    Rufus Brevett

  • Signed from QPR for £375,000 in January 1998.
  • His only goal to date for Fulham (in 105 appearances) was the 1-0 winner against Stoke in September 1998.
  • Missed the second half of last season with a hamstring injury, sustained against Man City in January.
  • Has made 347 career League appearances.
  • Started the 1st 7 League games of this season.
  • Has not played since the 3-0 win against Nott'm Forest on September 9.

    Lee Clark

  • Is the club's record signing at £3m, joining in July 99.
  • Club's top League scorer last season with 8 goals (9 all comps), all coming in his last 10 League games of last season.
  • Missed only 4 League games last season.
  • Was sent-off against Grimsby in August 99.
  • Made 319 career League appearances.
  • Scored 48 career League goals.
  • 7 of his 8 League goals last season came at Craven Cottage.
  • Has started the last 15 League games.

    Chris Coleman

  • Signed a 4 year extension to his contract over the summer, keeping him at the club until 2004.
  • Signed from Blackburn for £2.1M in December 1997.
  • Welsh international, with 31 caps.
  • Played in both of Wales game last week.
  • Made 462 career League appearances.
  • Scored 5 goals last season, 3 in League.
  • Was sent-off in Live game against Man City in January for hand-ball (denying a goal-scoring opportunity), a straight red.
  • Won this division with Palace in 1994.
  • Spent 2 years as a Blackburn player between December 1995 and December 1997 and made 32 appearances did not score.

    John Collins

  • Missed only 3 Prem games last season (2 goals). Asked Walter Smith if he could leave club at the end of the season on February 22.
  • Made 64 appearances for Everton, scoring 4 goals.
  • Sent-off at Aston Villa in August 99.
  • Won 58 caps for Scotland (12 goals). Announced his retirement from international football after play-off games against England.
  • Cost Everton £2.5m from Monaco in August 1998.
  • Played under Tigana at Monaco, between 1996-98, making 53 League appearaances in his two seasons there. Won the French League title under him in season 1996-97.
  • Has made 6 appearances for Fulham all starts and all in the League.

    Wayne Collins

  • Signed from Sheff Wed for an intial fee of £400,000 in January 1998.
  • Made 19 League appearances last season, only 6 starts.
  • Previously made 31 Premiership appearances for Sheff Wed, scoring 6 goals.
  • Scored 5 goals last season, only one in League (against Portsmouth in November).
  • Made his 1st League appearance of the season as a sub against Burnley.
  • Has made 3 League appearances this season 2 starts.

    Sean Davis

  • Former club trainee, enjoyed his best run in the senior side last season, made 26 League appearances.
  • Scored 3 goals last season, none in League though.
  • Scored his first career League goal against Birmingham on the 2nd day of the season.
  • Scored twice this season.

    Fabrice Fernandes

  • On a 1 year loan deal from French club Rennes
  • 20 year old winger.
  • French U21 international.
  • Former Rennes trainee, been a pro at Rennes for 2 years.
  • Rennes finished 13th in French First Division last season, made 17 League appearances.
  • Scored his first goal for the club in 1st rnd 2nd leg Worthington Cup win against Northampton.
  • Scored his 1st League goal against Nott'm Forest on September 16.
  • Has started the last 5 League games.

    Steve Finnan

  • Rep of Ireland international with 4 caps, came on as a sub in both last weeks games.
  • Signed from Notts County for £600,000 in November 1998.
  • Won the Div 3 title with Notts County in 98 and the Div 2 title with Fulham in 99.
  • Republic of Ireland 'B' and former Under-21 international with 8 caps.
  • Missed 11 games last season with knee ligament trouble. When he's been fit he's played in every League game for Fulham.
  • Scored 3 goals last season, 2 League.
  • Made over 150 career League apps.
  • Signed a new 4 year deal with the club earlier this year.
  • Has started all 9 League games this season.

    Bjarne Goldbaek

  • Signed from Chelsea on January 14 for £650,000 (rising to £800,000).
  • Made 6 League appearances for Chelsea last season, only 2 starts.
  • Made 29 Prem appearances in total for Chelsea.
  • Joined Chelsea from FC Copenhagen for #330,000 in November 1998.
  • Spent two years with FC Copenhagen. Previously spent nine years in the German Bundesliga (with Kaiserslautern, Schalke and Cologne).
  • Played 132 league games in Germany, scoring 16 goals.
  • Won the Bundesliga title with Kaiserslautern in 1991.
  • Danish international with 26 caps, won 26th in 2-1 win v Iceland in WC qualifier on Sep 2. Played in Euro 2000 in the final group game against the Czech Republic. Was a non-playing member of their 1998 World Cup squad.
  • Scored 4 goals for Fulham.
  • Has started all 9 League games this season.

    Marcus Hahnemann

  • Was signed from Colorado Rapids for £90,000 in the summer of 1999.
  • Made his first senior appearance in the first leg game against Northampton last month, also played in second leg.
  • Is yet to make his League debut.

    Barry Hayles

  • Was sent-off twice last season, against West Brom in the Worthington Cup and against Sheff Utd in the League on December 28.
  • Scored in only five of his 35 League games last season (14 as sub). Scored 9 goals last season, 5 in League.
  • Signed from Bristol Rovers for £2M in November 98.
  • Started career at Stevenage.
  • Has scored 52 career League goals.
  • Scored 8 goals this season, 7 in the League.
  • Has appeared in all 9 League games this season, starting 8 of them.

    Steve Hayward

  • Started career at Derby before joining Carlisle and then Fulham in June 1997.
  • Scored only once last season, in FA Cup at Luton on Dec 21.
  • Former England youth international.
  • Now in 13th season of pro career.
  • Has only made 1 League appearances this season this came as a sub against Barnsley (live on Sky).

    Zat Knight

  • 20 yr old, can play full back or in midfield
  • Made senior debut against Northampton in the Worthington Cup 1st rnd 2nd leg.
  • Has started the last 3 Worthington Cup games.
  • Had a loan spell at Peterborough towards the end of last season, made 8 apps.
  • Is yet to start a League game for Fulham.

    Eddie Lewis

  • USA international winger signed for £1.3m from San Jose Earthquakes in Mar.
  • Had spent his entire career at San Jose.
  • Has won 24 caps for the US. Was sent-off playing against Guatamala in a World Cup qualifier in Washington DC on September 2, just 5 mins after coming on as sub (sent-off for elbowing).
  • Was spotted by Fulham playing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Ajax and Everton were also reportedly interested in signing Lewis.
  • He joins Fulham's other US international Marcus Hahnemann at Craven Cottage.
  • Can play either left back or left side of midfield.
  • Has not featured in a League game since against Burnley on September 12.
  • Has been a unused sub for the last 3 League game.

    Kieran McAnespie

  • Signed from St Johnstone for £80,000 over the summer.
  • Made 20 League appearances for St Johnstone last season, who finished 5th.
  • Scotland U21 international.
  • Was taken along to France 98 as one of the Scotland squad kit-boys and played (and scored) for the team in a closed-doors match.
  • His only goal last season came against Hibernian in April.
  • Made his Fulham debut in the Worthington Cup 2nd rnd 1st leg against Chesterfield.
  • Is yet to make a League appearance.

    Andy Melville

  • Welsh international, with 42 caps.
  • Played in both of Wales game last week.
  • Signed from Sunderland on a free in July 99.
  • Spent 6 season's at Sunderland, winning this division twice with them.
  • Is now in his 16th season as a pro.
  • Made 569 career League appearances, has also scored 53 League goals.
  • Scored 3 goals last season, all coming in last 13 games of last season.
  • Has not missed a League game since last November.

    Simon Morgan

  • Club's longest serving player, now in his 11th season at the club.
  • Was rewarded with a testimonial on Aug 2 against Spurs (did not play -injured).
  • Is currently out with a knee injury, not expected to be back this year.

    Alan Neilson

  • Signed from Southampton for £250,000 in November 1997.
  • Welsh international (5 caps).
  • Has previously made 20 Premiership appearances for Newcastle and 55 for Southampton.
  • Missed the last 6 months of last season with a hamstring injury.
  • Scored once in 5 League appearances last season, came against Charlton in August 99.
  • Started all 4 Worthington Cup games this season.
  • Has not featured in a League game since against Wolves on April 30.
  • Has not started a League game since against Blackburn on November 20 1999.

    Paul Peschisolido

  • Signed from Birmingham for £1.1m in October 1997, becoming Fulham's first £1m player.
  • Scored 7 goals last season, 4 League.
  • Canadian international with 36 caps - played in WC qualifying game v Trinidad in 4-0 defeat on Sep 3.
  • Has scored 30 goals in 115 games for Fulham.
  • Failed to score in his last 17 League games, only 8 starts though.
  • Last League goal came v Bolton (penalty) last November.
  • Last League goal from open play came v QPR last September.
  • Has made 2 appearances this season both in the Worthington Cup, the 1st legs against Northampton and Chesterfield.
  • Has not featured in a League game since against Wolves on April 30.

    Terry Phelan

  • Signed on a free from Everton in February.
  • Made one sub appearance for Everton last season, on opening day against Man Utd.
  • Rep.of Ireland international with 42 caps - last against S Africa on Jun 11.
  • The 33 yr old has represented Rep.of Ireland at every level.
  • Spent 3 years at Everton, made only 25 Prem appearances.
  • Won FA Cup with Wimbledon in 1988.
  • Has made 392 career League appearances.
  • Started career at Leeds before joining Swansea, Wimbledon, Man City, Chelsea and then Everton.
  • His goal against Walsall in February was his first League goal for over 6 years, since for Man City against Southampton in December 93.
  • Scored twice in his last 13 League games, had previously scored only two League goals in his 15 year career.
  • Came back to the club last week after 3 weeks off with depression.

    Karl-Heinz Riedle

  • Signed in September 99 from Liverpool for £200,000.
  • Scored 15 goals in 76 appearances in his time at Anfield.
  • Has also played for TSV Ellhofen, SV Weiler, Blau-Weiss Berlin, Werder Bremen, Lazio and Borussia Dortmund.
  • Capped 42 times by Germany scoring 16 goals and was a World Cup winner in 1990.
  • Scored twice to help Dortmund beat Juventus in the European Cup Final in 1997.
  • Made a scoring debut for Fulham against Norwich last October.
  • Has scored 5 goals in 22 apps for Fulham.
  • Missed a penalty against Blackburn in March.
  • Was Fulham's caretaker-manager for the last 6 weeks of last season.
  • Has missed the start of this season with a shoulder injury.

    Louis Saha

  • 22 yr old, signed over the summer from Metz for £2.1M
  • Metz finished 11th in the French First division last season, scored 4 goals in 23 League games last season.
  • Former French U21 international.
  • Joined Newcastle on-loan in Jan 1999 from Metz until the end of season 1998-99. Made 11 Prem appearances (1 goal).
  • 1997-8 was his first in the senior side at Metz. He scored once in 21 league appearances. Metz finished runners-up in the French championship in 1997-98, so qualifying for the Champions League.
  • Made his debut in English football as a sub against Chelsea in January 99.
  • Scored 10 goals in 9 games for Fulham this season.

    Nicolas Sahnoun

  • Signed on Tuesday on a year's loan from French club Bordeaux.
  • Impressed during a friendly against Bordeaux last Friday.
  • 20 Year old defensive midfielder.
  • French U21 international.

    Kit Symons

  • Signed from Man City on a free transfer in July 1998.
  • Scored only twice last season, scored 11 in previous season.
  • Wales international with 32 caps, last against Qatar in February.
  • Made 359 career League appearances.
  • Has made 3 appearances this season all coming in the Worthington Cup.
  • Has been a unused sub for the last 2 League games.

    Maik Taylor

  • Signed from Southampton for an initial fee of £800,000 in November 1997.
  • Northern Ireland international with 12 caps.
  • Kept 6 consecutive clean sheets in all comps between Aug 30-Sep 25 of last season.
  • Kept 23 clean sheets in 57 games last season.
  • Club's only ever present last season.
  • Has played in the last 112 consecutive League games for Fulham - has not missed a League game since against Bristol Rovers in March 98.
  • Has kept 59 clean sheets in 129 League games for Fulham.

    Glyn Thompson

  • 19 yr old reserve keeper
  • Signed from Shrewsbury for £50,000 last October.
  • Was on the bench for three games at end of last season.
  • Was on-loan at Mansfield last season, made 16 appearances.

    Paul Trollope

  • Signed from Derby for £600,000 in November 1997.
  • Welsh international (5 caps).
  • Made 24 Premiership appearances for Derby within seasons 1996-97 and 1997-98.
  • Hasn't scored for a year-and-a-half, since at Bristol Rovers in March 1999.
  • Made over 250 career League appearances.
  • Made his 1st league start since January 3 in Fulham's last game against Bolton.

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Head to Head (League overall)

Played      54
Fulham      16
Blackburn   22
Drawn       16

Last season was the 1st time the 2 clubs have met since the 1985/86 season.

Blackburn won the 1st meeting last season 2-0 at Ewood Park with goals from Egil Ostenstad and Damien Duff.

The match at Craven Cottage last season finished 2-2 Barry Hayles and Karl Heinz-Riedle scored for Fulham, David Dunn and Keith Gillispie for Blackburn.

Fulham have not won any of the last 5 meetings.

Blackburn have won 3 of the last 5.

Blackburn have won 7 of the last 13.

Blackburn have lost 3 of the last 15 meetings.

Only once in the last 8 seasons have Blackburn not won a least 1 of the 2 meetings between the sides.

Fulham last win against Blackburn came here in September 1984, they won 3-2 with goals from Dean Coney, Ray Houghton and Robert Wilson, the Blackburn goals came from Simon Garner and Glenn Keeley.

Head to Head (at Craven Cottage)

Played      27
Fulham      11
Blackburn    5
Drawn       11

The last 2 meetings here have ended in draws.

Fulham have lost 2 of the last 16 here.

5 of the last 10 have been draws.

Blackburn's last win here came in November 1983, they won 1-0 with a goal from Ian Miller.

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Blackburn Rovers Team

Craig Hignett will be on the bench for for the first time since his summer move from Barnsley. Hignett scored for the reserves in their midweek draw with Manchester City, but will not be risked from the start by manager Graeme Souness. Rovers will be without James Thomas and Christian Dailly who both returned from international duty with injuries.


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Blackburn Background

Blackburn Rovers FC is now 125 yrs old, formed in 1875. They are Founder members of the Football League.

Relegated from the Premiership two season's ago, finished in 19th place with just 35 points.

Founder members of the Premiership, having been promoted via the play-offs in 1992.

One of only three clubs to have won the Premiership title. In 1994-5 they pipped Man Utd to the title in what was the closest finish to date.

Finished 11th last season, their lowest League finish for 9 years, since they finished 19th in this division in season 1990-91.

Finished on 62 points last season, 14 points behind sixth placed Bolton and 29 behind Champions Charlton. They drew too many games last season, 17.

Scored only 55 Lge goals last season, Palace and Tranmere scored more Lge goals last season.

Won only five away games last season, Charlton won 12 on the road last season.

Lost four games at Ewood last season, but won only 10 of the other 19.

Their play-off hopes last season 'mathematically' ended after their draw v Grimsby on Apr 22. However, they were never in the top six all season.

Went as high as seventh last season, in mid-January after a run of only one defeat in 12 Lge games. However they could not maintain this good run and then went on to win only a point in their next 4 Lge games.

Made a poor start to last season, winning only 3 of their opening 15 league games, and were as low as 19th in late October - their lowest Lge position for 8 yrs.

Failed to win any of there last 6 games last season.


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Blackburn Season

Position in League: 13th Manager: Graeme Souness (Mar 00)

Stadium: Ewood Park. Nickname: Rovers

Are currently lying 13th in the League with 12 points from their 9 games, 3 wins and 3 draws.

Have lost 3 games in the League this season.

Have not won any of their last 4 League games and have slipped from 4 to 13th.

Have scored only 1 away goal in the League this season, against Sheff Wed (Live on Sky)

Won only one of their last 11 away League games, that came at Forest in March 1999.

Are through to the 3rd rnd of the Worthington Cup were they will met West Ham at Upton Park (Live on Sky).

Graeme Souness was appointed Blackburn manager on March 14, signing a three-and-a-half year contract. He expressed an interest in the job last November. Tony Parkes went back to his familiar role as assistant manager.

Souness' Lge record at Blackburn reads: Pld 19, W6, D7, L6.

Won 54 caps for Scotland. Won 5 titles, 3 European Cups and four League Cups with Liverpool.

The late Jack Walker died on August 18, following his battle with cancer. The 71 yr old will be forever remembered as the man who backed Rovers' rise to the Premiership title in 1995. In 1991 he bought a 62% stake in Blackburn, the team he supported as a boy. Last year Walker was listed as Britain's 30th richest man after he amassed a personal fortune of £600m from his steel business. In addition to his steel business, he built up Jersey European Airways, worth an estimated £100m. Blackburn fans have called for a Jack Walker statue to be erected at Ewood Park.

Spent over £4M over the summer, only Fulham spent more. Blackburn recouped the majority of this back, through the sales of Frandsen and Davidson.

Blackburn's forthcoming League fixtures:

Wed 18 Oct Wimbledon    A
Sat 21 Oct Grimsby      H
Wed 25 Oct Tranmere     H
Sat 28 Oct Huddersfield A
Sat 04 Nov Stockport    H

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Blackburn Pen-Pix

    Henning Berg

  • Signed on a three month loan from Man Utd.
  • Has won 74 caps, scoring 8 goals.
  • Palyed in both Norway's game last week.
  • Made 102 apps for United, scoring 3 goals.
  • Scored two own goals last season, including one in the 5-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford last season.
  • Cost Man Utd £5m from Blackburn in Aug 1997.
  • Made 194 appearances for Blackburn in his 1st spell at the club.
  • Has got three Premier league title medals, in 95 with Blackburn and in 99 and 2000 with Man Utd.
  • Has made over 300 appearances in English football.
  • Made the 200 appearances of his Blackburn career in the 1-0 defeat against West Brom in Blackburn's last game.

    Nathan Blake

  • Made 28 League appearances last season, 11 as sub.
  • Scored only 3 League goals last season, has already scored 5 this season.
  • Has scored 11 goals in 48 League games for Blackburn.
  • Signed from Bolton in October 98 for £4.25m.
  • Was sent-off against Ipswich last November.
  • Was released by Chelsea as a youngster, before joining Cardiff, Sheff Utd and then Bolton.
  • Won this division with Bolton in 1997.
  • Has scored 118 goals in 356 career League appearances.
  • Has started all 9 league games this season.
  • Has 18 caps for Wales.
  • Scored for Wales in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Norway, his 3rd international goal.
  • Has not scored away from Ewood Park in the league since February 5 2000 against Bolton.

    Stig Inge Bjornebye

  • Signed from Liverpool in the summer of 2000 for £300,000.
  • Spent the end of last season on-loan at Danish club Brondby.
  • Did not feature at all for Liverpool last season, his last Liverpool appearance came as sub against Spurs in May 99.
  • Souness signed Bjornebye whilst at Liverpool, joining for £600,000 from Rosenborg in December 1992.
  • Norwegian international (76 caps, 1 goal).
  • Played in Norway's 1-1 draw with Wales last Saturday.
  • Has not scored an English League goal for 4 years, since 5-1 home Prem win against Middlesbrough in December 1996.
  • Has started all 9 league games this season.

    Marlon Broomes

  • Missed half of last season with an ankle injury.
  • Scored his only goal for Blackburn (in 38 apps) in the 3-2 defeat by Huddersfield in August 1999.
  • Made 13 League appearances last season.
  • Former England U21 international.
  • Has started just 1 league game this season, the Live game against Sheff Wed.

    Ben Burgess

  • Is an 18 yr old striker.
  • Former club trainee.
  • Made debut against Portsmouth in April 2000.
  • Rep of Ireland U18 international
  • Has made 1 appearances this season this came in the Worthington Cup 2nd rnd 2nd leg against Portsmouth.
  • Is on loan at Australian side Northern Spirit.

    Lee Carsley

  • Is a Rep of Ireland international with 15 caps.
  • Was out for a couple of months earlier this year with a broken foot.
  • Was the club's top scorer last season with 11 goals, 10 Lge.
  • 8 of these being penalties.
  • 9 of the 11 goals coming at Ewood, 7 penalties.
  • Had scored only 5 League goals in his career prior to last season.
  • Central-midfielder, signed from Derby for £3.3m in March 99.
  • Was club captain last season (now Flitcroft).
  • Has recently come off the transfer-list.
  • Was suspended for the first three games of this season, after being sent-off against Palace on April 29 2000.
  • Has not started a league game since that sending-off.
  • Has made 4 league appearances this season 3 as a sub.
  • Missed the last game against West Brom with a rib injury.

    John Curtis

  • Signed over the summer from Man Utd for £1.5M.
  • Spent 6 months of last season on-loan at Barnsley where he made 28 League appearances, scoring twice.
  • Played in the Play-off Final defeat to Ipswich.
  • Made 13 Prem appearances for Man Utd during his 4 years as a pro at Old Trafford.
  • England Under-21 international with 16 caps.
  • Was Man Utd's Young Player of the Year for 1996-97.
  • Scored his first senior goal (for Barnsley) in 2-1 win over Man City on March 11.
  • Made the 50th League appearance of his career in Blackburn's last game against West Brom.
  • Has started and finished 12 of Blackburn's 13 games this season.
  • Was a unused sub for the Worthington Cup 2nd rnd 2nd leg against Portsmouth.
  • Is yet to score for Blackburn.

    Christian Dailly

  • Is a Scotland international with 24 caps, played against San Marino last Saturday, but broke his nose and is out of today's game.
  • Missed only three League games last season, scoring 4 goals.
  • Signed from Derby for £5.3m in Aug 98.
  • Won 33 Scotland U21 caps, at 16 was the youngest ever Scottish U21 international.
  • Started the 1st 3 league games of the season.
  • Is currently out of favour, and has only appeared in 1 of their last 6 games, as a sub against Sheff Utd (live on Sky).

    Damien Duff

  • Is a Republic of Ireland international with 15 caps, came on as a sub in both games last week.
  • Scored 7 goals last season, 5 League - his best scoring season.
  • 6 of his 7 were scored at Ewood.
  • Now in fifth year at the club.
  • Has started 32 of Blackburn's last 34 League games.

    David Dunn

  • Has come up through the youth ranks at Ewood Park.
  • England U21 international.
  • Scored 3 goals last season, scored in successive games against Fulham and Birmingham in March.
  • Made 15 Prem appearances two season's ago.
  • Made only 17 League starts last season, put in a transfer request in February, but had it turned down.
  • Has made 57 appearances for Blackburn (10 goals).
  • Has scored 7 times this season, 5 from the Penalty spot.
  • Scored a hat-trick of penalty's Source skysport
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