Greatest Ever Team
Tony Field

mhead - BUT the player that kept us going during the early 70s when we were as bad as the Dingles was TONY FIELD.

Bought for 50k or something like that from Southport he was a poacher and a dribbler.Apart from Sir Roger Jones and Tony Parkes/Stuart Metcalfe/Derek Fazackerly we were so crap that you wouldn't go to the bottom of the road to watch them.Gates averaged 6,500 and Man U/Liverpool took all the glory hunters.

Tony Field meanwhile pre-Garner scored most of our goals including a goal at Rochdale that lives in the memory and loads of long runs into the penalty area at Ewood always outpacing the defenders.

Went with Ken Furphy to Sheff Utd and eventually played with Pele for the New York Cosmos!! Anyone else remember him?

  Jack Southworth
Ianrally - Jack Southworth was born in Blackburn in 1876 and was Rovers first truly prolific goalscorer. he began his football career at the age of 12 when he formed a junior club named Inkerman Rangers. He later played for Brookhouse Perseverance, which were both nurseries for Blackburn Olympic. Southworth was promoted to the Olympic second team in 1883-84. His ability was quickley recognized by the committee at Olympic and he was made captain of the second team and first reserve when there was a vacancy in the first team. It was at this time that he rejected the first approach by Rovers to join them. Whilst guesting in a match for accrington he received a serious knee injury which threatened his career. Having lost some of his mobility he turned his hand to goalkeeping and became the first team goalkeeper with Olympic. having helped Olympic to win the Lancashire Cup against Rovers in 1885, he now received a serious injury to his other knee whilst guesting for Vale of Lune. The following year he signed professional terms with Blackburn Olympic despite his knee problems. A keen musician, he took a job with a theatre in Chester and returned to Olympic, resuming his old position of centre forward. having overcome his injuries, he became a great success as a centre forward and in the 1887-88 season saw him finally join the Rovers.

A contemporary wrote that: 'His dodging, his neat passing, his speed and general accuracy in shooting won the hearts of the spectators at the Leamington ground. He is built for speed, he plays an unselfish game, he's good at tackling and has excellent jugement.'

He captained the side as it made it's first excursion into league football and became a prolific goalscorer. Capped three times for England, he won FA Cup winners medals in 1890 and 1891. In August 1893 Everton paid 400 for his services and in his first season he scored 27 goals in 22 games. The following season saw him score 9 goals in 9 games, before injury and illness finally forced him into retirement. Turning to his other love, he became a professional violinist and played with the Halle Orchestra.

Rovers career statistics:

League Played 108 Goals 97
Cup Played 25 Goals 25
Total Played 133 Goals 122

During this time the scorers of 11 league goals and 3 Cup goals remain unidentified so Jacks total goals could be more than shown..

  Roy Vernon
92er - Roy Vernon-was one of the Carey chicks.Played 5 years in the first team and ended up following Carey to...........Everton.
Described as a creative player, he scored 52 goals in 144 appearances. At Everton,where he won a championship medal, he became captain and was described as one of the best creative players of the early 60's. There he scored 101 goals in176 matches.

den - didn't see him play, but those that did say he was a superb footballer. Haven't read enough about him in this topic though, to sway me.

Al - It might be considered a wasted vote but I can't allow a player as brilliant as Roy Vernon to have no votes. That is where my vote is going. He was as good as Dennis Law and had a similar style. Also another pint and fags with the lads guy.

nellybc - My old man reads this board through my pc and upon seeing this thread decided that he would have to join up to give Mr Vernon his vote.

  Fred Pickering

FourLaneBlue - Five goals in three England internationals and scored a hat trick on his international debut against the USA. Still finishing well to this day in Blackburn last time I heard; pints that is. Unfortunately buggered off halfway through the season the last time we had a chance of challenging for the title before the 1990s. Had two spells with Blackburn and lives somewhere near the Mill Hill area of the town to this day I think.

92er - Fred Pickering played in the Youth team that won the cup......as a left back.I think he was also captain.
Jack Marshall was the manager in the early 60's and he found the best position for a number of players hence the name the media gave us: Marshall's misfits.I reckon he was converted around !962 and he ended up making 158 appearances,scoring 74 goals.
Why was he sold to Everton????????????????
Not effectiveley replaced until 1992.

  Ted Harper
hanks - Ted Harper signed for the rovers in 1923 and scored18 goals in42 games during his first season, he had a poor second season and lost his place. then after losing their first three matches of the 1925/26 season he was recalled and scored five against newcastle. by the end of the season he had scored 43 league goals from 37 games, at the time a football league record and still the club record.

He played once for england and was then sold in 1927 to sheff wed.returned in 1933 and retired in 1935 to join the coaching staff. In all for the rovers he scored 122 goals in 177 games

Looking at the list i think he deserved to be shortlisted ahead of some of the people in there, but my computer has been in for repair and i couldn't stake a claim for him earlier.[ but should you run a poll for the 5 on the bench spare him a thought]

  John Byrom
den - the golden boy of English football when he came into the rovers side at 18 years of age. He was fortunate enough to take his place when Douglas had moved to inside left and he benefitted from that considerably. Don't underestimate how good a player he was though. Sadly, he spent most of his days playing down at Burnden.

92er - replaced Pickering when George Jones,who we'd bought from Bury,didn't live up to expectations.Had one outstanding season in 64/65,but was sold to Bolton after we got relegated.He scored 113 goals for them, quite a number against us!

For us he scored 64 in 146 matches.

I remember him as someone who Bobby Moore couldn't handle.He always did well against him and nearly always scored.