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Saturday 26 October 2013

On this day in 1993: Batty signs for Blackburn

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall midfielder David Batty moving to Ewood Park

  • Leeds United academy graduate David Batty moved to Blackburn Rovers in October 1993

  • The midfielder amassed 54 league appearances in three seasons for Blackburn

  • Batty was part of Kenny Dalglish's side that won the Barclays Premier League title in 1995

  • He featured in the UEFA Champions League for Rovers in the 1995/96 season

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

26 October 1993 - David Batty completes Blackburn move

Leeds United's tenacious midfielder David Batty became the latest in a series of transfer incomings for Blackburn Rovers as Kenny Dalglish's side looked to mount a title charge in their second Barclays Premier League campaign.

Batty, who graduated from the Leeds academy and was a key figure in the side that won the last First Division title before the Premier League was formed in 1992, followed the likes of Alan Shearer, Henning Berg, Kevin Gallacher and Graeme Le Saux, who all joined the club between 1992 and 1993.

Rovers, who were promoted from the second tier of English football in the 1991/92 season, finished fourth in the inaugural Barclays Premier League campaign and went one better with Batty in the side. He made 26 appearances in his first season at Ewood Park.

The following campaign, Batty was part of the Blackburn side that won the Premier League title for the first time, as they pipped Manchester United to the trophy in dramatic fashion on the final day of the 1994/95 season. He subsequently featured in Rovers' UEFA Champions League campaign the following season, before joining Newcastle United in March 1996.

Batty, who amassed 42 caps for England, helped the Magpies finish second in two consecutive seasons. After two years at Newcastle, he re-joined his first club Leeds and helped them finish third in the 1999/00 season, their best Premier League position to date.

Overall, Batty played 266 times in the Premier League, scoring five goals.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when midfielder David Batty joined Blackburn Rovers from Leeds United