The Blackburn Rovers 100 Club was formed in 1971 by a group of loyal Rovers supporters whose aim was to provide a club where its Members could meet socially and provide support to the Football Club. Initially there were 14 members including the then Rovers Chairman, Mr W.B.Bancroft.
Membership of the 100 Club soon grew and a Lounge was opened underneath the Football Club’s Secretary’s Office on Nuttall Street, where bar facilities were provided prior to and after home games. The 100 Club proved very popular with members and it soon needed larger premises. These were opened under Box A in the Nuttall Street stand. The new 100 Club Lounge also served as the players’ lounge and this remained in use until the redevelopment of the ground in the 1990’s.
Since the redevelopment of the ground in the 1990’s the 100 Club has been located in various hospitality areas of Ewood Park. The present 100 Club Lounge is situated in the Red Rose Suite in the Ronnie Clayton Stand. This provides members with bar facilities both prior and after each home game, if required indoor seats for home matches and access to Sky TV. Members are also allowed to entertain guests in the Lounge.
One of the most popular activities enjoyed by 100 Club Members is undoubtedly the four away trips organised each season. This entails executive coach travel, lunch at a conveniently located restaurant and tickets for the match. The choice of venues are usually up to a maximum of two hours travelling time from Ewood Park. However on occasions in past seasons Newcastle, Sunderland and Leicester have all been included. We have also run trips to Wembley Stadium for the Full Members Cup Final and the 1992 Play–off final. This season 2018/19 we have been able to offer members 5 away trips to Stoke WBA, PNE and Rotherham with one yet to be decided.
As well as the away trips an annual Ladies’ Night is held at a local restaurant towards the end of the season. Members are invited to this dinner dance with their wives or partners and again this is a popular evening and part of the 100 Club membership package. Perhaps the most memorable Ladies Night was at the end of the 1995 Premier Championship Season at Stirk House Gisburn when Colin Hendry and Mark Atkins entered with the Premiership Trophy. Our recent Ladies Night was held at Astley Bank Hotel in Darwen where promotion to the Champion ship was celebrated.
Whilst Blackburn Rovers 100 Club has provided great facilities for its members, one of our prime functions is to provide financial support to Blackburn Rovers Football Club. Since the formation of the 100 Club in excess of £350,000 has been donated to the Football Club. These include £50,000 for the redevelopment of the Riverside Stand and £60,000 to the installation of the gardens around Jack Walker’s statue. In recent years the 100 Club has focussed its support to Blackburn Rovers Academy, to improve the opportunities for the Academy to produce more talented youngsters for the future of the Football Club. Including this season’s shirt sponsorship of the Academy the 100 Club have donated over £150,000.
100 Club membership is limited to 100 members. Associate membership is also available to immediate family members (wife/partner, children, grandchildren) who are able to share the match day facilities at Ewood. All 100 Club members are season ticket holders . Members are entitled to the benefits mentioned above along with the opportunity to purchase a car park space for the season at Ewood Park.