2019/20 Season Opponents - Blackburn Rovers
Report by Greg Carter
Page last updated at 10:39AM UTC, Monday, 17 June 2019
The second club we preview who the Addicks will face in their forthcoming FA Women’s Championship season is Blackburn Rovers Ladies. Below is key information for supporters to know about the newly promoted club before this season begins.
The club was formed in 1991 as part of the Blackburn Rovers Community programme. They joined the Northern Combination Women’s Football in 1998, a division they would go on to win with a 100%-win record in 2003/04 season. Rovers have won the Lancashire Challenge Cup 13 times, a record for this competition.
Blackburn Rovers have won the the Northern section of the National League two seasons in a row but previously were unable to win the play-off fixture to secure promotion to the FA Women’s Championship. Last season they won the league for a third season in the row and received promotion into the second highest division of Women’s football.
The current manager of the club is Gemma Donnelly. She has been at the club for 14 years, the next season will be her fifth season in charge of the club.
The Lancashire club share their ground with Bamber Bridge FC, playing in a stadium called the Sir Tom Finney Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of more than 3000.
Where did they finish last year?
Last season the club won the Women’s National League North and earned promotion to the Women's Championship having only lost one game and winning 23 out of 24 all season. There was also a 21-point gap between them and second place.
How did the Addicks fare against them last season?
As the two clubs were not in the same division last season, the last time they played was in May of 2018 in the Women’s Premier League Premier Division Final which Charlton won 2-1 to secure promotion to the FA Women’s Championship.
Next time we will be looking at another newly promoted side, Coventry United.
Article by Greg Carter