Six former Blackburn Rovers players have been confirmed for a charity match at Ewood Park, and fans will be able to play alongside them.

Football Aid in the Community is being hosted specifically for supporters and those who want to experience playing at the home of Rovers.

The match will take place on Friday, May 3, and by entering and playing in the game, contributions will support the club’s official charity, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust (BRCT). Lancashire Telegraph: Mark AtkinsMark Atkins (Image: NQ)

Six former Blackburn Rovers players have confirmed their involvement in the match, including  1994-95 Premier League title-winning duo Mark Atkins and Colin Hendry.

Lancashire Telegraph: Colin Hendry in 1995Colin Hendry in 1995 (Image: NQ)Former Scotland international, Hendry, was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association team of the year, for helping Rovers win the Premier League trophy. Atkins scored several crucial goals to help bring the top-flight title to Lancashire.

Atkins has been named as one of the managers for the game, and in the opposite dugout will be another club hero, Derek Fazackerley.

Lancashire Telegraph: Derek FazackerleyDerek Fazackerley (Image: NQ)

Fazackerley spent the majority of his playing career at Rovers, making a record 647 appearances for the club over 18 years.

In addition, David Thompson, who represented Rovers in the Premier League, striker Rudy Gestede and Matt Derbyshire, have all confirmed they will play in the match.

At the match fans will get the chance to wear the famous Blackburn Rovers’ blue and white halves, share a dressing room, walk down the Ewood tunnel and play under the stadium floodlights.

The two 11-a-side teams, which will be made up of a mixture of fans and former players, will be managed and coached by Rovers’ legends. 

A spokesperson for Blackburn Rovers said: “So, do you want to be managed by Atkins or Fazackerley and take instructions from either a club legend or a former Rovers Premier League winner?

"Do you want your teammate to be someone who has played in the World Cup and marked the likes of Rivaldo and Ronaldo, or a striker who formed a lethal goalscoring partnership with Jordan Rhodes less than 10 years ago? Well this is your chance!

“Football Aid in the Community is a football match designed specifically for supporters and those who want to experience playing at the home of a professional football club.”

Bids for a place on the team, which began at £149, closed in March.

You can find out more about the event and sponsorship opportunities by contacting Martin Winters at or telephone 01254 508256.