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Blackburn Rovers Blog: Memories of those you have forgotten
I WAS driving home from work last week when I heard Lee Carsley had been sacked alongside Sheffield United manager David Weir.
It was around that time I got my first season ticket at Ewood, sitting next to my dad in the Blackburn End lower tier.
My memories of Lee Carsley are mainly an heroic performance in a 1-0 win at Anfield in the Cup and his decision to announce he wanted to leave while still captain of Rovers.
Quite hilariously he moved to Coventry, with who we traded places after promotion in 2001.
I didn’t know Carsley had been working at Sheffield United, and it got me thinking about some of the other random players we had around that time and where they are now.
Nathan Blake Blake was signed from Bolton for more than £4million in the days when we still had a fair bit of money knocking around.
The Welshman had become a favourite at Wanderers but he never replicated that at Ewood.
We were relegated in his first season and he developed a poor reputation for being a cart-horse before being shipped off to Wolves when we got promoted again.
After dropping down the leagues, Blake, probably correctly, decided a career outside of football was for him and he now operates a property business in Wales.
Per Frandsen Another Bolton favourite who never made an impact, the Dane only managed a season at Ewood before being sold back to the Wanderers.
He opitomised a poor season in Rovers’ history.
After injury forced him to retire, he became a scout, then assistant manager at HB Koge, where he is now manager.
Christian Dailly An inability to defend was a large factor in our drop out of the Premier League and our first season in the First Division.
People like Christian Dailly didn’t help.
To be fair, the £5million man did suffer an injury and an unsurprising fall-out with manager Graeme Souness.
He moved on to West Ham where he found more success and is now apparently studying a sports science degree.
Kaba Diawara “He once played for Arsenal, don’t you know?”
Expectations were high of Diawara when he joined on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
But when he couldn’t even score in a 6-1 home win over Rochdale in the League Cup, we beagn to wonder.
He didn’t score in five games and became so obscure that I can’t find records on him after he signed for Cypriots Alki Larnaca.
Steve Harkness Before bringing in Stig Bjornebye, we really struggled with the left back position, and ex-Liverpool and Benfica full back Steve Harkness would surely be good enough for us?
He was sold to Sheffield Wednesday after just one season at Ewood.
He is now retired after finishing his playing career with Chester City once his time at Hillsbrough came to an end.
Agree with Dan? Have your own memories of some of Rovers’ lesser lights?
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