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Blackburn Rovers 2007

Football Aid Championships, Blackburn Rovers, 15th May, Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers (Home) 9 Blackburn Rovers (Away) 5

The 15th May saw 28 Rovers-mad supporters of all ages, shapes and sizes sampling the typical match day experience of the stars they pay to watch every week. One adrenaline fuelled 90-minute match took place, seeing Blackburn Rovers ‘Home’ pit their skills against Blackburn Rovers ‘Away’.

The old age cliché that football is a game of two halves certainly rang true in this heart pumping, nerve jangler at Ewood Park. A hat trick from substitute Stranger and a double from midfielder Magson seeing the Home side come back from 4-2 down at half time to steal a thrilling victory over Rovers Away.

Despite the Home side - managed by David Hamilton and with Mark Patterson in defence – looking deadly at times when running with the ball, picking out players with fantastic passes, it was Kevin Gallacher’s outfit that ruled the first half. Racking up 3 goals before the Home team had time to pause for breath from Andy Wall, Steven Smedley and Stuart Mackie.

Hamilton’s men did rally, pulling 2 goals back thanks to Evans and Earnshaw but the Away team looked to have sealed the deal shortly before half time when Smedley slammed in his second to make it 2-4 coming into the break.

The second half however, saw one of the greatest comebacks in Football Aid history as the Home team came tearing out the blocks, hammering in goal after goal. Stranger started the rout – netting his hat trick in record time to hand the determined side the lead for the first time in the match.

From here, Hamilton’s men were in cruise control, piling on the pressure from every angle. Waldie was next on the score sheet, a beautiful solo goal that had the crowd on the edge of their seats while Magson enjoyed an easy tap in for his first before showing off his skill in his second, blasting the ball into the back of the net to make it 8-4. Evans joined in the fun to slot home his second of the match to bring the Home side’s tally of goals to 9.

The away team – albeit rather shell-shocked – managed a consolation goal in the dying minutes. The crowd on their feet as skipper Thornhill ended the match in sensational fashion, unleashing a spectacular lob over the keeper to make the final score 9-5 to a triumphant Home team.

As James Carr (No 9 Home team) commented after the match, “Wow, what an amazing experience and really makes you realise how fit the premiership players are! The legends David Hamilton, Kevin Gallacher and Mark Patterson were all inspiring, helping with the atmosphere and letting us enjoy the game encouraging everyone to get involved! David even mentioned that I looked like the former Rover Jon Stead and so I was called 'STEADY' all throughout the match!”

“All-in-all, a really well organised event and an extremely enjoyable experience that I will gladly do again and recommend to anyone – everyone should experience just what it is like to step out on to their "Field of Dreams" in their clubs colours!”