Jordan Rhodes' goal against Bournemouth was Blackburn Rovers' 7,000th in League football

Jordan Rhodes slots home Rovers’ 7,000th League goal

Jordan Rhodes slots home Rovers’ 7,000th League goal

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SATURDAY was a landmark afternoon for Jordan Rhodes and Blackburn Rovers in more ways than one.

In the days leading up to the Championship clash with Bournemouth there was some doubt over whether Rhodes would play any part in what would prove to be his 100th appearance for the club.

The prolific striker had been the subject of a club record bid from Hull City and up until the morning of the match it was unclear whether he had kicked his last ball in a Rovers shirt.

But then the statement from Venky’s arrived.

With the Rovers owners making it clear they had no intention of selling their prize asset Rhodes was thrust straight into Gary Bowyer’s starting line-up for the Cherries encounter.

And it did not take long for the ton-up boy to score the 54th goal of his prolific two-year Ewood Park career.

At first it seemed set to be remembered best for being the goal that set Rovers on the way to a first home win of the season as they claimed the points against Bournemouth.

But, thanks to eagle-eyed Rovers statistician Derek Jones, it in fact has taken on more historical importance than that.

As Rhodes’ 13th-minute strike, slotted coolly through the legs of the Bournemouth goalkeeper, was the 7,000th goal scored by Rovers in league football in the club’s 4,584th league match.

Rhodes is in good company.

Alan Shearer netted the club’s 6,000th league goal – and what an important one it was too – when he converted a sixth-minute penalty in a 1-1 draw with Leeds United under the Ewood lights on February 1, 1995.

Although Leeds levelled the contest five minutes from time through Gary McAllister the point helped Rovers, who played most of the contest with 10 men after goalkeeper Tim Flowers was sent off after just 72 seconds, edge out Manchester United in the race for the Premiership title.

Rovers’ 5,00th league goal was scored 17 years earlier by Stuart Metcalfe in a 4-0 home win over Fulham on March 15, 1978.

Andy McEvoy had the honour of notching the club’s 4,000th league goal, in a 4-1 home victory over West Ham United on March 20, 1961, with their 3,000th league goal coming 14 years earlier, courtesy of Alex Venters in a 3-1 success at Manchester City on September 27, 1947.

Rovers scored their 2,000th league goal in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur on January 22, 1927, with Gilly Shaw the man to get it.

And the club’s 1,000th goal was registered 107 years ago on November 16, 1907. However, Jimmy Robertson’s effort proved no more than a consolation as Rovers went down to a 4-1 defeat at Everton.

Of the 7,002 league goals Rovers have scored, 4,306 have come in the top flight of English football, 2,397 in the second tier, and 299 in the third tier.

  • All statistics provided by Derek Jones.

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1:32pm Thu 28 Aug 14

wolsty says...

The dingles not on this story as yet?? but no worries they will give different views and different figures,and as you well know they know more about Blackburn Rovers than we do ??
The dingles not on this story as yet?? but no worries they will give different views and different figures,and as you well know they know more about Blackburn Rovers than we do ?? wolsty
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1:41pm Thu 28 Aug 14

darwen1946 says...

Can we have some real stories plz ty
Can we have some real stories plz ty darwen1946
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2:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

French Rover says...

I was at the games to see the 4000th, 5000th and 6000th Rovers goals! Jordan Rhodes is in some illustrious company in this special list. Be nice to see a total goals list for all clubs and see where the Rovers are in that? Top 20 for sure. Another goal for Jordan on Saturday at Wolves would see us get at least a point I think.
I was at the games to see the 4000th, 5000th and 6000th Rovers goals! Jordan Rhodes is in some illustrious company in this special list. Be nice to see a total goals list for all clubs and see where the Rovers are in that? Top 20 for sure. Another goal for Jordan on Saturday at Wolves would see us get at least a point I think. French Rover
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3:01pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Bazzer says...

Simon Garner scored all the goals in between.
Simon Garner scored all the goals in between. Bazzer
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3:49pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Rovers 1495 says...

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I'm sure Steve will be only too pleased to move him on, given the way he feels about BRFC right now
http://www.tribalfoo tball.com/articles/b lackburn-move-hull-d efender-bruce-403775 7?utm_source=main_fe ed#.U_9A8fmSyok I'm sure Steve will be only too pleased to move him on, given the way he feels about BRFC right now Rovers 1495
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4:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Ronaldpetercooper says...

French Rover wrote:
I was at the games to see the 4000th, 5000th and 6000th Rovers goals! Jordan Rhodes is in some illustrious company in this special list. Be nice to see a total goals list for all clubs and see where the Rovers are in that? Top 20 for sure. Another goal for Jordan on Saturday at Wolves would see us get at least a point I think.
Hi Frenchie you must be as old as I am and there was me thinking you were only a young lad.
By the way I am surprised how many dislikes you got for this post. I don't think people like an optimist and good supporter but keep it up young man for we need all the optimism we can get.
A drawer would indeed be a good point on Saturday that is for sure.
Cheers mate!
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: I was at the games to see the 4000th, 5000th and 6000th Rovers goals! Jordan Rhodes is in some illustrious company in this special list. Be nice to see a total goals list for all clubs and see where the Rovers are in that? Top 20 for sure. Another goal for Jordan on Saturday at Wolves would see us get at least a point I think.[/p][/quote]Hi Frenchie you must be as old as I am and there was me thinking you were only a young lad. By the way I am surprised how many dislikes you got for this post. I don't think people like an optimist and good supporter but keep it up young man for we need all the optimism we can get. A drawer would indeed be a good point on Saturday that is for sure. Cheers mate! Ronaldpetercooper
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4:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

owd nick says...

French Rover wrote:
I was at the games to see the 4000th, 5000th and 6000th Rovers goals! Jordan Rhodes is in some illustrious company in this special list. Be nice to see a total goals list for all clubs and see where the Rovers are in that? Top 20 for sure. Another goal for Jordan on Saturday at Wolves would see us get at least a point I think.
The 4,000th was a tad early for me, the first game I remember was Man U v Leicester circa 1962 or 63.

My first Rovers game at Ewood was in the 60's maybe a couple of years later, I think the opponents were Palace, I remember their odd shirts, a diagonal stripe, I think Douglas scored?

But I certainly saw both the 5000th and 6000th goals, doubt I will live long enough to see the 8000th :-)
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: I was at the games to see the 4000th, 5000th and 6000th Rovers goals! Jordan Rhodes is in some illustrious company in this special list. Be nice to see a total goals list for all clubs and see where the Rovers are in that? Top 20 for sure. Another goal for Jordan on Saturday at Wolves would see us get at least a point I think.[/p][/quote]The 4,000th was a tad early for me, the first game I remember was Man U v Leicester circa 1962 or 63. My first Rovers game at Ewood was in the 60's maybe a couple of years later, I think the opponents were Palace, I remember their odd shirts, a diagonal stripe, I think Douglas scored? But I certainly saw both the 5000th and 6000th goals, doubt I will live long enough to see the 8000th :-) owd nick
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7:07pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Maxrus says...

B*gger - Bonleh have one over us, having scored more goals than us in the 4th tier !*!
B*gger - Bonleh have one over us, having scored more goals than us in the 4th tier !*! Maxrus
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7:26pm Thu 28 Aug 14

French Rover says...

owd nick wrote:
French Rover wrote:
I was at the games to see the 4000th, 5000th and 6000th Rovers goals! Jordan Rhodes is in some illustrious company in this special list. Be nice to see a total goals list for all clubs and see where the Rovers are in that? Top 20 for sure. Another goal for Jordan on Saturday at Wolves would see us get at least a point I think.
The 4,000th was a tad early for me, the first game I remember was Man U v Leicester circa 1962 or 63.

My first Rovers game at Ewood was in the 60's maybe a couple of years later, I think the opponents were Palace, I remember their odd shirts, a diagonal stripe, I think Douglas scored?

But I certainly saw both the 5000th and 6000th goals, doubt I will live long enough to see the 8000th :-)
Good memories Nick. My first game was Leicester City at Ewood in the 58/59 season and we won 5-0 I think.

I also remember (just) that we won our next home match against Spurs by the same score 5-0 or 5-1? What a great start as a Rovers fan eh...
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: I was at the games to see the 4000th, 5000th and 6000th Rovers goals! Jordan Rhodes is in some illustrious company in this special list. Be nice to see a total goals list for all clubs and see where the Rovers are in that? Top 20 for sure. Another goal for Jordan on Saturday at Wolves would see us get at least a point I think.[/p][/quote]The 4,000th was a tad early for me, the first game I remember was Man U v Leicester circa 1962 or 63. My first Rovers game at Ewood was in the 60's maybe a couple of years later, I think the opponents were Palace, I remember their odd shirts, a diagonal stripe, I think Douglas scored? But I certainly saw both the 5000th and 6000th goals, doubt I will live long enough to see the 8000th :-)[/p][/quote]Good memories Nick. My first game was Leicester City at Ewood in the 58/59 season and we won 5-0 I think. I also remember (just) that we won our next home match against Spurs by the same score 5-0 or 5-1? What a great start as a Rovers fan eh... French Rover
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8:43pm Thu 28 Aug 14

MatthewCA says...

Keep Playing , we need to win all the games with Rhodes and be top of the table.
Keep Playing , we need to win all the games with Rhodes and be top of the table. MatthewCA
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1:55pm Fri 29 Aug 14

kenbro says...

Started going to Ewood in 1943. Wartime football. Didn't see any of the goals mentioned, but did see the scorers Rhodes, Shearer, McEvoy and Venters in action over the years.
McEvoy was a very quick converted half back who knew just when to time his runs to beat the offside trap. He rarely blasted the ball in but knew how to beat most goalies. I was there when he scored four against a high flying Spurs team in 1963.
Saw Venters first game. A roly poly Scot near the end of his career, but what a skilled inside forward. He didn't stay long but really helped us out.
Started going to Ewood in 1943. Wartime football. Didn't see any of the goals mentioned, but did see the scorers Rhodes, Shearer, McEvoy and Venters in action over the years. McEvoy was a very quick converted half back who knew just when to time his runs to beat the offside trap. He rarely blasted the ball in but knew how to beat most goalies. I was there when he scored four against a high flying Spurs team in 1963. Saw Venters first game. A roly poly Scot near the end of his career, but what a skilled inside forward. He didn't stay long but really helped us out. kenbro
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