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Blackburn Rovers vs Burnley: H2H, Lancashire Derby Rivalry, Watch Live & More

There are plenty of Lancashire derbies, but none are quite as fierce as the rivalry between two founder members of the Football League – Blackburn Rovers and Burnley.

While fans of so-called ‘bigger clubs’ think the world revolves around their particular rivalries, the Blackburn vs Burnley spat puts many of them to shame.

We take a closer look at Blackburn Rovers vs Burnley including the H2H (stats correct – April 26, 2023), how to watch the Championship and Premier League live, the history of the Lancashire derby and more.

Blackburn Rovers vs Burnley H2H

The two teams have met 106 times across all competitions, with Burnley leading the H2H record 44-41 and 21 games drawn.

However, Blackburn dominate proceedings in terms of major silverware, lifting ten trophies against Burnley’s meagre tally of three.

Notable Blackburn Rovers vs Burnley Results

  • Burnley 3-3 Blackburn Rovers – FA Cup – March 1960
  • Burnley 2-3 Blackburn Rovers – Division Two – December 1977
  • Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Burnley – Division Two – April 1983
  • Burnley 0-2 Blackburn Rovers – Division One – December 2000
  • Blackburn Rovers 5-0 Burnley – Division One – April 2001
  • Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Burnley – Premier League – October 2009
  • Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Burnley – Championship – March 2013
  • Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Burnley – Championship – March 2014

Blackburn Rovers vs Burnley Live Streams

Sky Sports is the best place to watch Championship and Premier League matches, with live streams available to subscribers via the Sky Go app on either desktop or mobile.

If you don’t have a subscription, fans can take advantage of the flexible option of daily or monthly passes through NOW TV.

There are loads of other streaming platforms that cover live Championship and Premier League games, but you will need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to gain access.

One of the best services is Express VPN, which can be downloaded to various devices including Android, iOS, Fire TV, PC, Mac and smart TVs.

Lancashire Derby History

Burnley and Blackburn met for the first time at Turf Moor in September 1884, with the visitors recording a 4-2 victory.

Rovers had the upper hand during the early years of the Lancashire derby, but things began to even out in the run-up to the First World War.

This continued until the 1960s when Burnley’s talented team stamped their authority by recording four successive victories at Ewood Park.

After ten years in different divisions, the two teams renewed hostilities in 1976 and embarked on a series of games that were particularly bitter.

Rovers won both meetings during the 1982/83 campaign, with legendary striker Simon Garner netting all three goals in the two games.

Jack Walker’s investment into Rovers during the 1990s fired them into the Premier League, while Burnley flip-flopped between the lower tiers.

The two teams ended up in Division One for the 2000/01 campaign, where Rovers completed the double without conceding a goal.

Rovers were promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season, and it wasn’t until the 2009/10 season that Burnley joined them in the top flight.

The Lancashire rivals were back in the second tier in 2012, and the next three matches all ended as hard-fought 1-1 draws.

Burnley’s 2-1 victory at Blackburn in March 2014 ended their 35-year drought in the fixture, and they have held the upper hand in their subsequent meetings.

Blackburn Rovers vs Burnley Controversies

Former Blackburn manager Mark Hughes once described the rivalry with Burnley as ‘mad’, and it is impossible to argue with his viewpoint.

The bitterness dates back to the 1890s when Rovers complained to the FA about Burnley fielding too many Scottish players.

Subsequent meetings were fiery affairs, with aggressive tackles, broken legs and dismissals a regular feature of games between the two teams.

Crowd violence was also commonplace – a factor that was not prevalent in most other rivalries dating back to this era.

Things eventually settled down between the two clubs, and they coexisted reasonably amicably up to the 1970s.

Hooliganism reared its ugly head, and the bitterness spilt onto the pitch with the respective players taking a big dislike to each other.

Garner’s reported funding of a plane to fly over Turf Moor as Burnley were knocked out of the 1990/91 Fourth Division play-offs by Torquay United did little to quell the animosity.

The plane trailed the message ‘Staying down 4 ever, luv Rovers, ha, ha, ha’, which cemented Garner’s status as a club legend even though he subsequently denied being involved.

Burnley’s hatred for Garner was sparked in 1983 when he netted twice to secure a 2-1 victory to help Rovers record a double over their rivals.

The game was marred by trouble on the terraces, with Clarets’ ‘fans’ throwing missiles onto the pitch and tearing holes in the Darwen End roof.

When Garner slotted home the decisive penalty, Burnley followers tried to burn the stand down – not the brightest move given they were inside it at the time.

There have been numerous controversies since then, including Robbie Savage being confronted on the pitch by a Burnley thug.

The fixture has also continued to generate mayhem off the pitch, with local police forced to run special operations whenever the two teams meet.

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