Blackburn Rovers: Ex Premier League Players

Where are these ex Blackburn Rovers Premier League players now?

Welcome to the Blackburn Rovers legends page – the gateway to information on ex players who have played in the Premier League.

In addition to information on ex players we have also added statistics which include the club’s top goalscorers, most appearances and also the football club’s final league position for each year that they have featured in the EPL.

Tim Flowers – Premier League Appearances: 286 | Clean Sheets: 84

An English Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers, Tim Flowers retired from playing in 2003 after securing promotion to the Premier League with his final club Leicester City. Read More..

Brad Friedel – Premier League Appearances: 450 | Clean Sheets: 132

Legendary Premier League goalkeeper Brad Friedel finally called time on his long career in 2015 after a four year spell with Tottenham Hotspur. Read More..

Kevin Gallacher – Premier League Appearances: 198 | Goals Scored: 56

Since hanging up his boots in 2002, Kevin Gallacher has embarked on a new career in the media as a co-commentator and studio analyst across many of the main television and radio channels including BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports, Setanta, BBC Scotland and also Channel 5. Read More..

Brett Emerton – Premier League Appearances: 247 | Goals Scored: 13

Ex Blackburn Rovers legend Brett Emerton retired from playing in 2014 due to persistent back problems after two and a half years playing in his native Australia for Sydney FC. Read More..

Craig Short – Premier League Appearances: 181 | Goals Scored: 7

Craig Short retired from playing in 2007 whilst at Sheffield United to concentrate on his sailing business on Lake Windermere. Read More..

David May – Premier League Appearances: 158 | Goals Scored: 8

Former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United defender David May retired from playing in 2006 after a spell playing in non-league football with Bacup Borough. Read More..

Jason Wilcox – Premier League Appearances: 273 | Goals Scored: 31

Having spent the majority of his career with Blackburn Rovers where he won the Premier League title in 1995, Jason Wilcox retired from playing in 2006 after a short spell with Blackpool. Read More..

Ian Pearce – Premier League Appearances: 238 | Goals Scored: 11

A Premier League winner in 1995 with Blackburn Rovers, Ian Pearce retired from playing top-flight football when he left Fulham in 2008 to join his first side Oxted & District. Read More..

Colin Hendry – Premier League Appearances: 218 | Goals Scored: 8

An important member of the Blackburn Rovers squad which won the English Premier League in 1995, Colin Hendry retired in 2003 after a spell at Blackpool. Read More..

Craig Bellamy – Premier League Appearances: 294 | Goals Scored: 81

The first player to score for seven Premier League clubs, Craig Bellamy hung up his boots after playing in the Premier League with his home town club Cardiff City. Read More..

Jeff Kenna – Premier League Appearances: 290 | Goals Scored: 8

After a career spent mostly in the Premier League, Jeff Kenna retired from playing in 2008 after a brief spell in Ireland. Read More..

Paul Warhurst – Premier League Appearances: 144 | Goals Scored: 13

Fondly remembered by Sheffield Wednesday fans for scoring 12 goals in 12 consecutive games, Paul Warhurst retired from his long playing career in 2007 after a spell at Northwich Victoria. Read More..

David Dunn – Premier League Appearances: 252 | Goals Scored: 37

A Blackburn Rovers legend who made over 300 appearances for the club, David Dunn retired from playing in 2015 after a brief playing spell at League One side Oldham Athletic. Read More..

Billy McKinlay – Premier League Appearances: 119 | Goals Scored: 3

Former Blackburn Rovers and Scotland international midfielder Billy McKinlay retired from playing professionally in 2005 after a brief spell at Fulham. Read More..

Steven Reid – Premier League Appearances: 192 | Goals Scored: 8

Former Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion defender Steven Reid retired from playing in 2015 after a year with former Millwall team mate Sean Dyche’s Burnley side. Read More..

Robbie Savage – Premier League Appearances: 346 | Goals Scored: 20

Robbie Savage, a competitive, fiery midfielder renowned for winding up his opponents retired from playing in 2011 after three years at Derby CountyRead More..

Graeme Le Saux – Premier League Appearances: 327 | Goals Scored: 12

After two spells at Chelsea and a Premier League winners medal with Blackburn Rovers, Graeme Le Saux finished his playing career at Southampton in 2005 when they were relegated to the Championship. Read More..

Ryan Nelsen – Premier League Appearances: 198 | Goals Scored: 9

A rock at the back in his Blackburn Rovers days, Ryan Nelsen retired from playing in 2013 after short spells at Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers. Read More..

Garry Flitcroft – Premier League Appearances: 301 | Goals Scored: 24

After a long Premier League career, Garry Flitcroft was forced to retire in 2006 after a lack of form and persistent injuries whilst playing for Sheffield United. Read More..

David Bentley – Premier League Appearances: 184 | Goals Scored: 18

A career which promised so much came to end in 2014 when David Bentley announced his retirement from the game at the age of 29. Read More..

Stephane Henchoz – Premier League Appearances: 243 | Goals Scored: 0

It’s very rare to see a Swiss player in the English Premier League but Stephane Henchoz was a fan’s favourite at every club he played for, especially Liverpool where he formed a strong defensive partnership with Sami Hyypia. Read More..

Keith Andrews – Premier League Appearances: 85 | Goals Scored: 7

Former Blackburn Rovers and Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews retired from playing in 2014 after a brief second spell at former club Milton Keynes Dons. Read More..

Stuart Ripley – Premier League Appearances: 240 | Goals Scored: 14

A Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers, Stuart Ripley retired from playing in 2002 after a spell at Southampton. Read More..

Alan Shearer – Premier League Appearances: 441 | Goals Scored: 260

A legend of the Premier League and the league’s all time top scorer, Alan Shearer retired from playing at his beloved Newcastle United in 2006. Read More..

Henning Berg – Premier League Appearances: 275 | Goals Scored: 8

One of only three players to have won the Premier League with two different clubs, Henning Berg called time on his career in 2004 after a season in Scotland with Rangers. Read More..

Chris Sutton – Premier League Appearances: 255 | Goals Scored: 83

Chris Sutton had an interesting career which took in goalscoring heroics at Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers, an underwhelming spell at Chelsea and then legendary status in Scotland at Celtic. Read More..

Dwight Yorke – Premier League Appearances: 375 | Goals Scored: 123

After finishing his playing career at Sunderland following the dismissal of Roy Keane in 2008, Dwight Yorke briefly assisted the manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Read More..

Matt Jansen – Premier League Appearances: 97 | Goals Scored: 19

After exploding onto the scene in the mid-nineties with Blackburn Rovers, Matt Jansen’s career took an unfortunate turn when he was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident.

Although Jansen made a full recovery from his injuries, he was unable to replicate his form and eventually moved down the leagues, finishing his career at non-league Chorley in 2013. Read More..

Tim Sherwood – Premier League Appearances: 341 | Goals Scored: 37

A Premier League winning captain at Blackburn Rovers, Tim Sherwood retired from playing in 2005 after a short spell with Coventry City. Read More..

Tugay – Premier League Appearances: 233 | Goals Scored: 10

Tugay, the Blackburn Rovers legend, idolised by the fans retired from playing in 2009 in a game against West Bromwich Albion to rapturous applause from 29,000 fans from both teams. Read More..

El Hadji Diouf – Premier League Appearances: 243 | Goals Scored: 28

Never far from controversy during his Premier League career, El Hadji Diouf retired from playing in 2015 after a short spell in the Malaysian second division with Sabah FA. Read More..

Jason Roberts – Premier League Appearances: 221 | Goals Scored: 36

After a 17 year career playing at the top level, Jason Roberts had to retire whilst playing for Reading in 2014 because of a recurring hip injury. Read More..

Benni McCarthy – Premier League Appearances: 120 | Goals Scored: 37

A fan’s favourite at Blackburn Rovers after scoring 24 goals for them in the 2006-07 season, Benni McCarthy retired from playing in 2013 after a spell back in South Africa with the Orlando Pirates. Read More..

David Batty – Premier League Appearances: 266 | Goals Scored: 5

A title winner with both Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers, David Batty retired from playing in 2004 after a second spell with Leeds United. Read More..

Michel Salgado – Premier League Appearances: 66 | Goals Scored: 0

Considered a legend by Blackburn Rovers fans for his no-nonsense displays at right back and his desire to win, Salgado retired from playing in 2012 after the club couldn’t afford his contract terms. Read More..

Damien Duff – Premier League Appearances: 392 | Goals Scored: 54

The bane of many a right-back during his time in the Premier League, Damien Duff retired from playing in 2016 at the age of 37 after a spell back in his native Ireland with Shamrock Rovers. Read More..

Premier League Statistics

This table shows the players who have made the most appearances for the Ewood Park side and the club’s top goalscorers in the EPL.

Top EPL GoalscorersGoalsMost EPL AppearancesGames
Alan Shearer112Brad Friedel261
Kevin Gallacher52Morten Gamst Pedersen260
Chris Sutton47Brett Emerton247
Benni McCarthy37Tim Sherwood235
Morton Gamst Pedersen34Colin Hendry204
David Dunn31Jason Wilcox192
Andy Cole31Lucas Neill188
Jason Wilcox27Stuart Ripley187
Jason Roberts24Garry Flitcroft186
Roque Santa Cruz23Tim Flowers177

Statistics provided by Statbunker