Tony Mowbray is set to celebrate his second anniversary with Sunday's opponents next week, and he's far from the only one with both Rovers and Boro links.
One of Mogga's former Boro teammates, Stuart Ripley is among those who will be most fondly remembered by fans of both clubs.
The fleet-footed winger racked up over 250 appearances in the red of Boro as a vital attacking outlet for a Teessiders’ side comprising several local lads - one that recovered from the brink of extinction in 1986 to achieve back-to-back promotions and compete for Wembley honours in the Full Members’ Cup final four years later.
Shortly after achieving the third promotion of his Boro career in 1992, Ripley made the switch to fellow top flight newcomers Rovers that summer. He was briefly the club’s record signing before the arrival of Alan Shearer, and played a major role as Kenny Dalglish’s side won the Premier League title in 1995. He also won two full England caps during his time at Ewood Park. Ripley's son Connor, of course, was a Boro keeper until he joined Preston North End last month.
Dubbed one of Boro's 'midget gems', Liverpudlian Higgy was a Boro fan favourite in his six years with Boro in the mid-nineties.
A goal every other game in 60-odd appearances for Barnsley persuaded Rovers to fork out £2.2 million for the forward in 2000. Over the next three years, he helped the Lancashire club regain their Premiership status and won a League Cup winners medal when Blackburn beat Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 in the 2002 final, with Hignett coming off the bench.
So often a ‘streaky’ striker in his career, Danny Graham has added an admirable level consistency to his goalscoring at Rovers. The Gateshead-born forward has 11 to his name already this season, including first Ewood Park hat-trick at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the days before our last meeting in early December.
After leaving Boro for regular first team opportunities back in 2007, Graham worked his way up the divisions with Carlisle United, Watford and Swansea City. Though a return to the north east with Sunderland didn’t work out, he followed up a series of loans including a brief return to Boro by linking up with Tony Mowbray at Blackburn. There he has become a focal point in attack - particularly in last season’s promotion success from League One - with a little shy of fifty Rovers goals in his first 125 games.
Richie Smallwood and Jayson Leutwiler are the other Boro alumni on Rovers' books, along with Harry Chapman, who picked up a third successive promotion from League One of his fledgling career on loan with the Lancashire club - although injury limited his truncated time there to a dozen games - before returning to the club on a permanent basis in January.
Feed The Yak and he will score! The Nigerian hitman had cemented his reputation as a top tier goalscorer to be feared in a stints with Portsmouth and Boro before moving to Everton in 2007.
After an initial period of success, Yakubu lost his starting spot with The Toffees as the seasons wore on, and in 2011 he dropped down a tier to join Leicester City and rediscover his goalscoring touch. That he did, with 11 goals in 20 outings, including a hat-trick against Boro at the Riverside.
Blackburn snapped up the striker that summer, and his goalscoring prowess continued to shine through. Highlights including a four-goal haul against Swansea (his first since netting four against, you guessed it, Boro in his final match for Pompey) and a brace in Blackburn’s shock win at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve. Despite The Yak’s goalscoring exploits, Rovers were relegated in 2012 and the striker left for Chinese side Guangzhou.
Dutch forward Emnes enjoyed his best scoring return at Boro under Tony Mowbray, and linked up with Mogg later in his career in England in an extended loan spell with Blackburn. Emend scored four times in his single season at Ewood Park, including three in successive league games and a fine individual winner against Wigan Athletic. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for Rovers to avoid the drop at the end of the season. Currently without a club, Emnes has since spent time with Akhisar Belediyespor and Vancouver Whitecaps, although he didn't feature for the latter.
The most prolific goalscoring spell of Rudy Gestede’s career on these shores came in a Blackburn Rovers shirt. Having first joined Cardiff City from French club Metz in 2011, Gestede celebrated promotion to the Premier League with The Bluebirds before returning to the Championship, initially on loan, with Rovers in 2013. There the towering forward scored 35 goals in 73 games, with a one-in-two record in league competition before heading for the top flight once more with Aston Villa in 2015.
Alongside Gestede up top for Rovers, the other half of a strike-force that proved lethal was Jordan Rhodes. Having rattled in the goals for Huddersfield Town in League One, Rhodes took to the Championship with Rovers like a duck to water, and continued his impressive strike-rate.
He scored twenty or more goals for the first three seasons at Ewood Park, and was well on the way to doing so again before joining Boro in a dramatic deadline day move in January 2016, his six goals helping us over the line to promotion that year. Although Gestede would also be Boro bound a year later, the chance to reforge that partnership never emerged as Rhodes moved to Sheffield Wednesday. Rhodes is now enjoying life with Norwich City, on loan from The Owls.
Having dropped down the pecking order at Boro, the former Academy goalkeeper secured a permanent move to Blackburn in 2015 following a successful loan spell. Establishing himself as Rovers no.1, he made over a century of appearances for the club before a return to the North East with Sunderland.
Steele now plies his trade with Premier League Brighton, making his debut in the FA Cup against Bournemouth in January.