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History

Formed in 1991, Blackburn Rovers Ladies have enjoyed a glorious rise to the pinnacle of women's football.

Under the supervision of the club's Community Department and the watchful eye of BRFC, the ladies team needed only seven seasons to reach the Northern Combination League. 

Following a move to the club's magnificent £20m Brockhall training complex in 2003, Rovers went on to lift the Lancashire Cup and become the first team to win the Northern Combination title with a 100% league record. 

Rovers then made a massive impact in their first year of Premier League football, retaining the Lancashire Cup and narrowly missing out on promotion after suffering just three league defeats and ending the season third. 

However, an undefeated Rovers set a Northern Division record in 2005-06, wining 20 of their 22 league games and lifting the Lancashire Cup for the third year running, whilst Andy McNally became the first coach from outside the top flight to be named Nationwide Manager of the Year.

Adam Lakeland replaced McNally at the helm in January 2007, as Rovers ended their first ever season of top-flight football in fine form.

Lakeland guided the team to a fourth successive Lancashire Cup, the historic achievement of two successive FA Women's Cup Team of the Round awards, en route to the semi-final stage, and a top-half finish in the National Division table.

Few clubs survive a second season in the top tier, but Rovers ended a mixed 2007-08 campaign (which also included a run to the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup) in eighth place. They also retained their country crown for the fifth year running.

Rovers endured a disappointing season in 2008-09, losing the Lancashire Cup final on penalties to Rochdale and ending their Premier League campaign in ninth place.

However, they bounced back in 2009-10, winning the Lancashire Cup for the sixth time in seven seasons and ending the league season strongly, which included an historic 1-1 draw against Arsenal at Ewood Park, in seventh place. Rovers’ Reserves also lifted their league title.

Rovers enjoyed a superb start to the 2010-11 season, losing just one of their opening seven league games, which saw them sitting pretty at the top of the table by the end of October.

However, Rovers failed to win any of their remaining league fixtures and were relegated to the Northern Division on goal difference following a final day draw away to Barnet.

The only solace from that season was lifting the Lancashire Cup for the seventh time in eight seasons – which included a club record 19-0 win at the quarter-final stage. 

Former Reserve team manager Scott Rogers, who took temporary charge of first team affairs for the final two games of the season following Adam Lakeland’s resignation, was joined by Nick Jackson-Cooney as joint managers on a permanent basis at the start of the 2011-12 season. 

Jackson-Cooney departed in October, but Rogers guided the team to the latter stages of all three domestic cup competitions, lifting the Lancashire Cup, and made a late promotion push in the Northern Division, only to eventually finish fourth.

Rogers left Rovers in April 2013 to become assistant manager at Women’s Super League side Liverpool and was replaced by interim manager Andy Ramskill, who guided the team to five league wins in their last six games.

A new era dawned in the summer of 2013 as highly-qualified FA coaches John Prince and Matt Craddock became the newly-appointed management team. However, after winning just two of their opening eight league games, the duo departed in early November. 

Gemma Donnelly (interim manager) and former Rovers midfielder Amanda Goodwin (assistant manager) took temporary charge for the remainder of the season, before assembling an experienced and new-look Ladies squad for the start of the 2014-15 campaign – their first full season in charge.

The Ladies built on a strong couple of seasons to take the FA Women's Premier League North by storm in 2016-17.

Under the guidance of Donnelly and Scott MacNeil, the team enjoyed an unbeaten league campaign to win the league title with four games to spare.

Honours

2003-04

  • Northern Combination - winners (with 100% record)
  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners

2004-05

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners

2005-06

  • Premier League Northern Division - winners (with unbeaten record)
  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners
  • Nationwide Manager of the Year - Andy McNally

2006-07

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners
  • FA Women's Cup - Team of the Fifth Round
  • FA Women's Cup - Team of the Sixth Round (historic achievement)

2007-08

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners

2008-09

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - runners up

2009-10

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners
  • (Reserves) Mid/North Division One - winners

2010-11

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners

2011-12

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners

2012-13

  • Preston Tournament - winners
  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - runners up

2013-14

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - runners up

2014-15

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners

2015-16

  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners

2016-17

  • FA Women's Premier League Northern Division - winners
  • Lancashire Challenge Cup - winners