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New home for Rovers Under-23s

15 August 2016

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Rovers’ development squad will have a new home for the 2016-17 season.

Damien Johnson’s side, who get their campaign underway at Fulham this evening, will play their home Premier League 2 fixtures at the Lancashire FA County Ground in Leyland.

Rovers have spent the past seven seasons at Leigh Sports Village, but it is hoped that the move to the LFA headquarters will make it easier for supporters to watch the club’s stars of the future.

"We are really pleased,” said Rovers Under-23s head coach Johnson. “Leigh has been a good home for us, but being closer to Blackburn makes it easier for the locals.

"It feels more like a home game when you are closer to Blackburn, so it is ideal from that point of view.

“We always used to get a couple of hundred supporters come down to watch us at Leigh, which was great, but hopefully with us being not too far away we can get a few more in and it will be good for the lads if they are playing in front of more fans with more of an atmosphere."

Roger De Nobrega, Chief Executive at the Lancashire FA, was delighted to welcome Rovers on board, adding: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Lancashire FA and one that we’re really pleased about.

“When the opportunity arose, we obviously wanted to help a well-established and traditional Lancashire club, so we jumped at the chance.

“We already have a strong relationship with Blackburn Rovers, built over many years, so this further enhances that going forward.”

Rovers’ Under-23s begin life in Leyland with a game against Middlesbrough next Monday (August 22nd), kick-off 7pm.

In accordance with competition rules, three of Rovers’ 11 home Premier League 2 fixtures will take place at Ewood Park – Norwich City on Monday September 12th, West Bromwich Albion on Monday April 10th and Aston Villa on Monday April 24th.   

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