This season we're looking back on that memorable and historic achievement of 1994-95, 25 years on, with a member of that legendary squad.
Kevin Gallacher was next to take a trip down memory lane for our programme against Luton Town to reflect on some magical times...
Kevin, can you quite believe it’s 25 years since that historic 1994-95 campaign?
No, I can’t. Time flies by. When your career is over, everything seems to go a lot quicker. People remind you when it’s five years, 10 years and to think that it’s now 25 years, it’s just incredible.
How do you reflect on that season now?
Brilliant! Unbelievable for us! It perhaps arrived a little bit too early, because I think we would have stayed together for longer had it been delayed by another year, but I think everything just seemed to click into place. One or two of us got injuries at the wrong time, but then the club went on and brought other players in to try and strengthen us and it just all clicked. Everybody got on together, the players were good together and the mainstay was on the pitch. We played for each other on the pitch, which was fantastic.
For you personally, how disappointing was it to miss virtually the entire season through injury?
Yeah, it was disappointing. I think my biggest claim to fame that season was the fact that I broke my leg the season before and it forced the manager’s hand to go out and get another forward. We went and brought Chris Sutton in, who, again, people questioned it, just like they did when we signed Alan Shearer, and big Sutty went out, alongside Alan, and proved everybody wrong. The partnership that they established up front was phenomenal for us.
Just how good were those two?
They were two completely different strikers. Alan was a complete striker of the ball and he scored lots of goals. Sutty mishit everything and they went in the back of the net. I think Sutty was learning the trade more so than Alan. Alan just believed his potential to be the highest and he proved it. Sutty proved to be the perfect foil for him and I think that’s what enabled us to bring the title home. But if it wasn’t for one or two unsung heroes in the team, they wouldn’t have got the service.
What was it like to be at the football club and see that season unfold?
It was brilliant. I was sat on the sidelines for six months with David Batty and then when we were getting ready to get back into the first team, things were looking rosy. The players were starting to get a little bit nervous, because Manchester United were winning games and we weren’t picking up points. You start to scratch your head and think ‘are we going to get those victories that will see us over the line?’ I think we just got nervous in the last dozen games. We weren’t over-confident. We were confident enough about winning them, but I think we were just nervous with the fact that we hadn’t really been in that position before. I think the togetherness and the work ethic was what pulled us together. People were putting their bodies on the line so you could scrape a 1-0 win and that was what it meant to us. It was that team spirit.
How integral was Kenny Dalglish to everything and what was he like to work under?
He was brilliant. I was out for a good part of the season, but he kept me involved with the players and took me away on certain trips. He made sure the squad remained a squad, whether you were injured or not and you respected him for that. And I think that’s why everybody wanted to play for Kenny, because he treated you like a man and treated you as part of the squad.
Finally, for Jack Walker and the people of the town, what did it mean to everyone for the crown of English football to come to Blackburn?
It was unbelievable. I was fortunate to see Blackburn town centre grow up, on the back of the way we were going on the football pitch. We were getting people coming to the ground, the community aspect of it was magnificent, the whole town was buzzing and it was one of the best places to go for nightlife, because people came from Manchester and all over. So it was a thriving little town, which went hand-in-hand with the success on the football pitch. And this guy who had a dream, with an unbelievable manager, to try and put it all together, was just phenomenal and to be part of that, for me, was something special.