Throwback: Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Burnley, 1st March 2005

Although there have been several league meetings between Rovers and our fierce rivals, we have not played Burnley in a cup competition since 2005. We look back at that fixture, and where the players who played that night have ended up.

Cahill Burnley 2005

As the 2nd round Carabao Cup tie is just hours away, we look at the last time Rovers faced Burnley in a cup competition.

Rovers have never faced their fierce Lancashire rivals in the Carabao Cup, but 13 seasons ago was the last time we faced Burnley in the FA Cup.

Rovers faced the Clarets at Ewood Park on the 1st March 2005, after a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor. Ewood Park was close to full capacity (Attendance: 28,691), with Howard Webb as the referee.

The lineups were as follows:

Rovers: Friedel, Emerton, Johansson, Mokoena, Nelsen, Neill, Gamst-Pedersen, Savage, Kerimoglu (Tugay), Dickov, Gallagher.

Burnley: Jensen, Cahill, Sinclair, Duff, Camara, Grant, Hyde, Oster, Valois, Whittingham, Thomas-Moore.

Peter Whittingham could be lining up for Rovers tomorrow, but that was a different story in the FA Cup encounter. Whittingham, on loan from Birmingham-based Aston Villa, lined up for the Clarets against his future side.

Whittingham Burnley
Whittingham looks on as Pedersen fires the ball past the helpless Brian Jensen.

Tugay had given Rovers the lead with a long-range effort that took a deflection off midfielder Micah Hyde. However, Hyde made amends when he beat Friedel with a dipping volley from the edge of the area to bring Burnley back in the game.

However, just five minutes from the end, Pedersen smashed the ball into the roof of the net and sent the Ewood Park crowd into raptures.

So, where are the Rovers squad now from that game?

Brad Friedel

The Rovers fan favourite signed for Rovers in 2000, and played 287 games until he departed in 2008. He scored one league goal for Rovers, after coming up from a corner vs Charlton. The American left for Aston Villa, before joining Tottenham in 2011, and then he retired 4 years later,

On January 5th 2016, Friedel was named the United States under 19s head coach and is still in that job.

Brett Emerton

The Sydney-born Australian signed for Rovers in 2003, from Dutch team Feyenoord. He had an 8 year spell at Rovers, scoring 13 league goals in 247 appearances. After Rovers, Emerton left for Sydney FC, where he played 57 games, scoring 7 goals.

Emerton worked for the Australian Football Federation for a few years, and now spends time with family.

Nils-Eric Johansson

Swedish born Johansson signed for Rovers in 2001, from 1. FC Nurnberg. He made 86 appearances for the Blue and Whites, but failed to register a single league goal, but scored two cup goals – one in the League Cup and one in the FA Cup. Nils-Eric then headed to Leicester in 2005, but left for his home country Sweden in 2007 – joining AIK.

He still plays for AIK, and has made 269 appearances, with 14 league goals. Johansson will probably retire soon though, as he is now 37 years old. He has made 8 appearances in this calendar year.

Aaron Mokoena

The South African tough tackling midfielder signed for Rovers in 2005, from Belgium side KRC Genk. He enjoyed a 4 year stay at Ewood Park, without scoring a league goal in 109 appearances, although he did get 2 goals in the cup. He then moved to fellow Premier League side at the time Portsmouth, before moving back to his home country to South African side Bidvest Wits.

Mokoena was last reported as being part of the Bafana Bafana (South African national Football team) technical setup.

Ryan Nelsen

The Christchurch-born centre-half moved to Rovers from American side DC United. Nelsen scored 8 league goals in 172 league appearances. Nelsen then moved to Tottenham in 2012, before moving to Queens Park Rangers in the same year.

Nelsen managed Canadian-based MLS side Toronto FC between 2013 and 2014, but was sacked on the 31st August 2014. The last known job Nelsen was working as was a player agent, mainly for players from New Zealand.

Lucas Neill

Neill moved to Rovers from London-based Millwall in 2011, and stayed at the Blue and Whites until 2007. In the league, he made 188 appearances with 5 goals. Neill then went on to feature for West Ham, Everton, Galatasaray, Al Jazira, Al Wasl, Sydney FC, Omiya Ardija, Watford and Doncaster Rovers.

Unfortunately, Neill became bankrupt and a recluse in 2016.

Morten Gamst-Pedersen

The fan favourite joined Rovers from Norweigan side Tromso in 2004, and enjoyed a 9 year spell. Scoring 35 goals in 288 league games, Pedersen was loved at Ewood. He then went on to feature for Karabukspor and Rosenborg,

Pedersen now plays for the side he joined Rovers from, Tromso. He rejoined in 2016, playing 23 games so far.

Robbie Savage

Savage, well known for his aggressive play and numerous yellow cards, joined Rovers from Birmingham City in 2005. He made 76 league appearances, scoring once before leaving in 2008. He left for Derby, and played for Brighton on loan before retiring in 2011.

He now works as a pundit for the BBC and regularly presents 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday evenings alongside Darren Fletcher.

Tugay (Kerimoglu)

After spells with Galatasaray and Rangers, Tugay made the switch to Ewood Park in 2001 under Graeme Souness. He played at Rovers until he retired in 2009, as a fan favourite – getting 11 goals in 233 league games. His last game was against West Bromwich Albion at home at Ewood Park.

Tugay became the Galatasaray 2nd team manager, before being the assisstant for the first team between 2010-2011 and 2013-2014. He then managed Turkish side Şanlıurfaspor between 2015-2016.

Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov signed from Leicester City for Rovers in 2004. In his two year spell, he made half a century of appearances, scoring 14 goals. He then moved to Manchester City, and had spells at Crystal Palace, Blackpool, Leicester again, Derby County, Leeds United and Oldham Athletic.

Dickov also managed Oldham and Doncaster, and now works on some matchdays for Sky Sports News. He also featured for Scotland at the Star Sixes tournament.

Paul Gallagher

Gallagher spent 7 years at Rovers, between 2002 and 2009. During this time, he spent time on loan at Stoke twice, Preston North End once and Plymouth once. He then moved to Leicester, and spent 6 years there (and spent time at Sheffield United on loan and had two more spells on loan at Preston).

Gallagher then signed for Rovers’ Lancashire rivals Preston North End in 2015, and has been there since. He has made 72 league appearances, scoring 6 goals.

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