Blackburn Rovers are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. It is one of only three teams to be founder members of both the Football League and the Premier League, the other two being Aston Villa and Everton.
Blackburn Rovers Football Club was established in 1875, and in 1888 became a founding member of The Football League. In 1890 Rovers moved to its permanent home at Ewood Park. Until the formation of the Premier League in 1992, the majority of the club’s success was pre-1930 when they won the league and FA Cup on several occasions, and their relegation in 1966 was followed by 26 successive seasons of football outside the top flight.
In 1992, Blackburn were promoted to the new Premier League a year after being taken over by local steel baron Jack Walker, who installed Kenny Dalglish as manager. Three years after winning promotion Blackburn were league champions, having spent millions of pounds on players like Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton. But the title winning team was quickly split up and in 1999 were relegated. They were promoted back to the Premiership two years later, just after Walker’s death, and have been in the top flight ever since. During this time they have qualified for the UEFA Cup four times; once as League Cup winners, twice as the Premiership’s sixth-placed team and once via the Intertoto Cup.
The club’s Latin motto “Arte et labore”, which was used by the town council even before the club were formed, literally translated means “by art and by labour”. However the club’s translation is “skill and labour”.