In 2000, Friedel signed with Blackburn Rovers. The Lancashire club, winners of the Premier League in 1994/95 had since been relegated and Friedel immediately helped them win promotion back to the top-flight in 2000/01.
At Blackburn he established himself as one of the most consistent and best goalkeepers in the Premier League. In 2002 he was a member of the Rovers team that won the League Cup, beating Tottenham Hotspur in the Final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, a game in which he was named Man of the Match. At the end of that season, he received one of the greatest accolades in the game, being named by his fellow professionals to the Premier League Team of the Season for 2002/03.
On August 14th, 2004 Friedel began his record-breaking run of 310 consecutive games. For the next four years Friedel would start every English Premier League game with Blackburn.
From 2000-2008 Friedel made 357 appearances with Rovers. It was for whom he would spend the longest period in his career.