Where are they now? The Rovers side that beat Barnsley in a Premier League encounter


This evening sees high-flying Blackburn Rovers return to Ewood as they host Barnsley under the lights. Pete Charnley looks back at a memorable meeting with the Tykes and the squad that played that day.

This week’s ‘Where are they now?‘ takes us to March 1998 as an out-of-form Rovers side snatched a late winner through Kevin Gallacher.

Martin Dahlin’s opener was cancelled out by Georgi Hristov, before Gallacher won it for the hosts.

We take a look at the Rovers’ squad from that day and look at where they have ended up.

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Tim Flowers

One of six players in this starting 11 that won the Premier League title in 1995, Flowers became Britain’s most expensive goalkeeper when Kenny Dalglish parted with £2.4m to sign him from Southampton in 1993.

Capped 11 times for England, Flowers had a successful career with Rovers, spending six years with the club before departing for Leicester in 1999.

After loan spells with Stockport, Coventry and Manchester City, Flowers retired in 2002 and went into management.

He spent time managing Solihull Moors and Barnet amongst other clubs, and he is currently managing Stratford Town of the seventh tier.

Colin Hendry

Signed for a second spell in 1991, former Scotland captain Hendry went on to make 337 appearances for Rovers, scoring 34 times.

He left the club in 1998 to join Glasgow Rangers and went on to manage Blackpool following retirement, before returning to Rovers as part of the coaching staff.

Most notably since retirement, Hendry has featured for a couple of the local pub teams.

Stéphane Henchoz

Signed from German side Hamburger SV, Henchoz joined for the club in 1997, spending two years with the club before departing.

12 May 1999: Ryan Giggs of Manchester United in action against Stephan Henchoz of Blackburn Rovers during the FA Carling Premiership match against Blackburn Rovers played at Ewood Park in Blackburn, England. The match finished in a 0-0 draw and Blackburn Rovers were relegated to the Nationwide League and Manchester United would have to win on the last day of the season to claim the Premiership title. \ Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport

A classy defender, he spent time with Liverpool and Wigan Athletic following his departure, before making a return to Ewood in 2006.

He spent a further two years in Lancashire before returning, and the former Switzerland international has spent time managing Neuchâtel Xamax in his homeland.

Jeff Kenna

Irishman Kenna was signed late in the title winning season of 1995, and he went on to play 157 games for the Blues, scoring one goal.

He left the club for Birmingham – first on a loan spell in 2001 and then permanently a year later – with Rovers having signed John Curtis and Lucas Neill.

Kenna also spent time with Derby County and Kidderminster before retiring, and with the latter, he became the first ever player to play at both the old and new Wembley Stadiums.

His current whereabouts are unknown, with his last known job in football coming as a manager in his native country in 2009.

Billy McKinlay

Signed in 1995 following Rovers’ title win, McKinlay went on to play 91 times for the club, scoring three times.

He left Ewood in 200 to join Bradford City, and he retired after a spell with Fulham in 2005, and made his first steps into coaching with the London-based club.

McKinlay is back in the Premier League now with West Ham, where he is the first team assistant manager to David Moyes

Tim Sherwood

Signed in 1992, Sherwood was an integral part of the title winning team, captaining the side and lifting the trophy at Anfield in 1995.

He left the club for Tottenham after Rovers’ relegation in 1999, leaving with 246 appearances and 25 goals to his name for the club.

Sherwood retired after a spell with Coventry in 2005, and he later went on to manage Tottenham, Aston Villa and Swindon Town, and he now works as a pundit.

Garry Flitcroft

Signed from Man City in 1996, Flitcroft went on to play 248 times for Rovers, scoring 14 times.

He was sent off on his debut for the club, but quickly settled into the team, and he later became club captain.

3 Oct 1998: Garry Flitcroft of Blackburn Rovers in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against West Ham played at Ewood Park in Blackburn, England. Blackburn Rovers won the game 3-0. \ Picture: Howard Walker. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

Flitcroft retired in 2006 after a short spell at Sheffield United, and following management jobs with Leigh Genesis (2009-10) and a notably successful one with Chorley (2010-15), he now runs his own business.

Jason Wilcox

After making his way through the academy ranks, Wilcox went on to play 271 times for the club, before departing for Leeds for a rumoured £4m fee following relegation. Comfortable on either blank, Wilcox was a huge part of the ’95 title winning season.

Following spells with Leicester and Blackpool, Wilcox moved into academy football. He worked a number of roles for Manchester City, and is currently employed as the Academy Director.

You can check out our podcast with Jason Wilcox, who opened up on his time with the club and the ups and downs: https://youtu.be/Cg7pE-vTKFk

Stuart Ripley

Rovers moved in 1992 for Middlesborough winger Stuart Ripley, and it proved to be an inspired signing as he was a big part of the title winning team with his assists from the wing, much like Wilcox.

He left in 1998 for a spell with Southampton, spending four years on the South Coast before retiring.

Now a solicitor, he also is part of the FA’s judicical panel.

Martin Dahlin

Swedish footballing legend Dahlin was signed by former Roy Hodgson on a free transfer in 1997, but an injury-hit time at Rovers saw him play 27 times, scoring just four goals.

Dahlin was forced to retire due to the injury he picked up at Rovers, sparking a legal case between the club and an insurance company over their refusal to pay out on a claim relating to the injury – leaving the club around £4 million out of pocket when their case went against them.

The Swede currently has his own agency where he has players such as Brentford defender Pontus Jansson on his books.

Chris Sutton

Originally a centre half, Rovers signed Sutton from Norwich in the summer of 1994.

One half of the deadly SAS, Sutton went on to score 47 times in 130 games, picking up a Premier League winners’ medal. He scored some important goals for the club, including the winner on the final day of this season to secure Rovers’ place in the UEFA Cup.

14 Dec 1996: Chris Sutton of Blackburn (left) kicks the ball ahead of Dean Blackwell of Wimbledon during the FA Carling Premier league match between Wimbledon and Blackburn Rovers at Selhurst Park in London. Wimbledon won the match 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Graham Chadwick/Allsport

He left the club in a £10m deal to Chelsea in 1999, before a successful spell in Scotland with Celtic before hanging up his boots after time with Birmingham and Aston Villa.

Sutton is currently on our screens working as a pundit and commentator.

Subs: Alan Fettis (for Tim Flowers), Marlon Broomes, Callum Davidson, Damien Duff (for Stuart Ripley), Kevin Gallacher (for Martin Dahlin)

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