Tony Mowbray has called for a squad full of ‘Soldiers & Artists’ to lead Rovers back into the Championship next season.
The Rovers boss coined the phrase, which mirrors the club’s motto ‘Arte et Labore’, following Marvin Emnes’ wonderful winner against Wigan Athletic last season.
Speaking after the Ewood victory, the manager said: “I believe in soldiers and artists in football teams, that is what I call them.
“Artists have to paint pictures on the pitch to make things happen, and to create chances and score goals. The soldiers behind, they have to dig in. They have to fight to make sure we don't concede so we win football games through clean sheets.”
Throughout the close season, the manager has been busy shaping his squad for the upcoming campaign, with the first two players to arrive at Ewood Park being a perfect fit to his footballing philosophy – Peter Whittingham (an artist) and Richie Smallwood (a soldier).
Ahead of the new season, we’re taking a look back at some famous former ‘Soldiers & Artists’ to have graced the blue-and-white halves, starting with fans favourites Tugay and Ryan Nelsen.
Over the coming weeks, we will be running a series of social media competitions, providing fans with the opportunity to win a 2017-18 season ticket.
To kick things off, we want to know your most memorable Tugay and Ryan Nelsen moments from their careers at the club, to be in with a chance of watching Rovers’ 2017-18 home campaign for free!
Tweet us your favourite memories, using #SoldiersAndArtists and #MyRovers