In this series of Why Did They Bother, we relive Corrado Grabbi’s time at the club.
Before his time with Rovers, Corrado Grabbi was a prolific scorer in the Italian Leagues, during that time he played for such clubs as Juventus, Modena and Ternana. At his peak playing for Ternana, Grabbi was a truly brilliant goal poacher and became an idol for the local supporters, who still remember him as the best player to have ever pulled on the shirt and play for Ternana.
After his first season with Ternana, Grabbi was linked to major clubs such as A.C Milan and Udinese, but it was Blackburn Rovers who pulled off the coup of signing one of Italy’s most promising stars. Corrado Grabbi was brought in during the transfer window of 2001 by Graeme Souness, with a massive amount of pressure on his back after the £6.75 million price tag, made him Blackburn’s most expensive signing at the time. In his first season due to injuries and bad luck he failed to repeat the flair and talent that he had shown in his early days at Ternana, scoring just once in fourteen games.
After a loan move to Messina that saw Grabbi save them from relegation, he still failed to recover his once great form for Blackburn only scoring one goal in 16 games. His only goal coming in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool, were he scored the equaliser in the last minute of the game.
Due to the signings of Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke both from Manchester United, Grabbi was not needed by Rovers anymore and this paved the way for Grabbi to return to his native Italy with Ancona.
To this day Corrado Grabbi -the greatest player to pull on the Ternana jersey- still plays football in the Swiss league with AC Bellinzona and he is still yet to repeat the form that at one time made him one of Italy’s deadliest strikers.
My only recollection of Grabbi was seeing him score the equalising goal for us in the UEFA cup tie with CSKA Sofia. At that moment I really thought that Corrado might have been a confidence player and that he would go on to be one of the clubs most prolific strikers of all time. What was I thinking?
This article was written by VBer (Vital Blackburner) Member Big Man up Front.
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