Former Rovers players descended on Ewood Park for an induction into the Blackburn Rovers Hall of Fame, in association with Blackburn Rovers Former Players Association.
Alan Shearer, Brad Friedel, Bryan Douglas, Simon Garner and Derek Fazackerley were amongst the stars attending the inaugural Hall of Fame dinner, which welcomed over 360 guests to raise funds for former players in need.
The first event of its kind inducted and honoured the seven former players below:
• Bob Crompton
• Ronnie Clayton
• Bryan Douglas
• Derek Fazackerley
• Simon Garner
• Alan Shearer
• Brad Friedel
Former referee and president of the Association of the Premier League, Kevin Lynch, hosted the event and Andy Bayes, from BBC Radio Lancashire, interviewed the players before they were anointed into the Hall of Fame
The legends were presented with a trophy to mark the occasion by a number of current Rovers favourites, including manager Tony Mowbray, Bradley Dack, Danny Graham, David Raya and Lewis Travis.
The event included a three-course dinner by Northcote at the Rovers, plus fundraising activities including an auction featuring football memorabilia donated by the players.
Ken Beamish, chairman of the BRFPA committee, said: “We’re delighted with the success of the first ever Hall of Fame dinner here at Ewood, which has been in preparation for quite some time.
"It’s fantastic to see legends returning to reminisce and celebrate whilst raising funds for a worthy cause which will help us to further support former players and families when they are in need.”
Rovers chief executive, Steve Waggott, commented: “It's been a truly memorable night for this inaugural Hall of Fame event.
"The range of the first seven inductees perfectly encapsulated the great and rich history of this wonderful football club.
"It was an evening where the audience shared in the laughter, tears and high emotion of the evening, with the atmosphere in the room being electric as each player’s story was told, creating many unforgettable memories for all of us lucky enough to be there.
Huge congratulations to the Former Players Association, Blackburn Rovers Football Club and all the people who put together the evening. Let’s hope this is the first of many of these Hall of Fame evenings and that they become a regular feature within our calendar of annual events at Ewood Park.”
Rovers boss Mowbray commented: "It's really interesting for a football scholar, someone who loves football and studies the game.
"I played against the Blackburn Rovers title-winning team in 1995, when I was at Ipswich. I've heard the saying about Jack Walker’s money and can you equate it to Chelsea or Manchester City?
"What I do know is how hard it is to win any league. The bond of that team would have allowed it to win the league. Those friendships I'm sure will last forever.
"It's one of the greatest things about football, the bonds you make with other human beings through the success you have as a team."
BRFPA was formed in 2008 with the aim of providing support to former players and their families and have so far helped a number of former players in need in both financial and practical ways.
Previous events over the past ten years include Champion dinners such as the 20th anniversary of claiming the Premiership title in the 1994-95 season.
The special dinner event was sponsored by Peter Street on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice and Cardboard Box Company. Peter Jackson Jewellers, the longest standing sponsor of the club, also sponsored the event and provided the trophies presented to each of the former players.
For more information about the association please visit www.brfpa.co.uk.