Blackburn Rovers women smash attendance record at Ewood Park

It was a day of records at Ewood Park as Blackburn Rovers women reached their highest ever Championship points total in front of a record crowd.

A total of 1,591 watched on as Meg Hornby grabbed two early goals to excite the fans, whose attendance smashed the previous club high of 1,034.

Southampton got one back just before the break, but Rovers held on in the second half to claim all three points, taking them to 26, their highest ever total.

Hornby said: “The crowd is a massive help, there is moments in games when the team you’re playing against is on top.

“To hear the crowd behind you, it really gives you a boost.

“You could be really tired but as soon as you hear that crowd you get that second wind and it’s like being fresh from the start again.”

A superb weekend for Rovers, with two records being broken

Manager Simon Parker was thrilled that his team got the victory which will hopefully encourage new fans to keep coming back.

“I’m happy that the result went our way because it will hopefully keep those fans coming,” he said.

“Obviously you don’t want to come here and have a really poor performance so it’s great that everything’s tied in together.”

Blackburn are currently four unbeaten, picking up an impressive eight points from those games which included fixtures against promotion chasing Birmingham City and Southampton.

After a 2-0 defeat to the Saints earlier in the season, Parker was happy with how his side rose to the occasion.

He said: “It was a great performance and result.

“We knew it would be a tough game after the game earlier in the season.

“Defensively we were very good because the way they threat against the backline makes it quite difficult.”

General manager Ellis Clark has put in a massive amount of work to prepare for a day like this, where they attempted to break their attendance record.

Clark said: “It all started in pre-season and has continued up to now.

“We’ve worked with fans, supporters’ groups, even non-Blackburn fans and just local people to find out what they want from women’s football.

“We have implemented bits over the season and I feel like today was a really good combination of all that hard work and planning.”

Ellis Clark speaks on the hard work that went into the new attendance record

There were smiles all round at full time at the end of a momentous afternoon for the women’s team, who will look to continue to grow as the season nears its conclusion.