Ben gets birthday treat from Blackburn Rovers

Ben and his younger brother Liam with their favourite player Jordan Rhodes.

Ben and his younger brother Liam with their favourite player Jordan Rhodes.

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DREAMS came true for one lucky Blackburn Rovers fan when he met his heroes.

Ben Talbot was offered the opportunity to visit the club’s Brockhall training ground yesterday and meet the players as a special 18th birthday treat.

The teenager has spent the past two years caring for his mother, Lisa, while she was unwell, still managing to pass all of his exams and secure two unconditional offers to universities at the same time.

Young Carers’ Project worker Candi Martin wanted to do something special to mark Ben’s birthday and, as well as having a special Rovers’ cake made, she contacted the club to ask whether Ben could visit for the day.

Blackburn Rovers were happy to accommodate her request, and Candi was able to surprise Ben with the trip to see his idols up close and personal.

Candi said: “I asked him what he wanted for his birthday and he said he didn’t want anything, I thought I would change that, and organised this. He deserved a reward. He’s done really well at school. It’s a massive achievement.”

Ben went to the training ground with his 16-year-old brother Liam, where they watched the squad prepare for Saturday’s match against Doncaster.

The boys then had the chance to chat with the players over lunch, including Ben’s favourite Rovers star, striker Jordan Rhodes.

Manager Gary Bowyer even let the pair sit in on his press conference, where he briefed the media ahead of the home game.

Ben said: “It’s so kind. I was absolutely surprised - excited wasn’t the word.

“I’m quite proud because these players are people’s heroes.

“My mum is quite proud of me because she knows I’ve always been a big Rovers fan.

“I’m fanatical about Rovers.

“It’s a dream come true.” Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer said: “First and foremost, the two lads were brilliant and they deserve this reward for what they do.

“It’s a massive sacrifice that they make and I’m sure their family really appreciate it and are very proud.

“Being able to do this, as a thank you to them, was an easy gesture on our behalf.

“But it’s something that we definitely support.”

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1:29pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Brilliant story.

Good work everyone involved from a Burnley fan.
Brilliant story. Good work everyone involved from a Burnley fan. Champagne plus charlie
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1:45pm Fri 10 Jan 14

MattNewcastle says...

Total respect Ben

Best wishes and good luck for whatever you wish to pursue
Total respect Ben Best wishes and good luck for whatever you wish to pursue MattNewcastle
  • Score: 15

2:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bburnrover says...

Well done and thanks to the above Burnley fan for putting some semblance of humanity in our rivalry.
Well done and thanks to the above Burnley fan for putting some semblance of humanity in our rivalry. bburnrover
  • Score: 22

2:14pm Fri 10 Jan 14

capri1 says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Brilliant story.

Good work everyone involved from a Burnley fan.
Nice post CPC I'm sure Burnley would have done the same
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Brilliant story. Good work everyone involved from a Burnley fan.[/p][/quote]Nice post CPC I'm sure Burnley would have done the same capri1
  • Score: 19

2:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

capri1 says...

LouiseLLara wrote:
my roomate's mom makes 67 Dollar an hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for eight months but last month her pay was17007 Dollar just working on the internet for a few hours. this website... www.Day37.com
Wrong web site darlin !!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]LouiseLLara[/bold] wrote: my roomate's mom makes 67 Dollar an hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for eight months but last month her pay was17007 Dollar just working on the internet for a few hours. this website... www.Day37.com[/p][/quote]Wrong web site darlin !!!!!!!!! capri1
  • Score: -7

2:31pm Fri 10 Jan 14

MatthewCA says...

Best wishes Ben, get back on the match day with friends, we need to fill all the home matchs and push forward our team to Top in the table.
Best wishes Ben, get back on the match day with friends, we need to fill all the home matchs and push forward our team to Top in the table. MatthewCA
  • Score: 11

2:49pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Ronaldpetercooper says...

Well done guys! this is one thing that footballers do well.
Well done guys! this is one thing that footballers do well. Ronaldpetercooper
  • Score: 12

4:08pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Brilliant story.

Good work everyone involved from a Burnley fan.
Nice one Charlie, BRFC have always been known as a family club, doing things like this will hopefully bring that reputation back.
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Brilliant story. Good work everyone involved from a Burnley fan.[/p][/quote]Nice one Charlie, BRFC have always been known as a family club, doing things like this will hopefully bring that reputation back. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 13

5:14pm Fri 10 Jan 14

morleyclaret says...

Well done Rovers! A really good story and a pleasure to see! Just like the Rovers supporters last season praising Ings for his gift to the young lad at the Turf ....................
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Well done everybody!
Well done Rovers! A really good story and a pleasure to see! Just like the Rovers supporters last season praising Ings for his gift to the young lad at the Turf .................... .. Well done everybody! morleyclaret
  • Score: 16

6:27pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Rhodesrunner11 says...

Great story to read. Good things happening all round at Ewood under Bowyer. Well done to both Ben and his brother, always tough caring for a loved one who is ill, but to do it at such a young age and then for Ben to get through his exams and also get Uni offers is incredible. Immense pride of the Rovers faithful right behind you both lads, as I'm sure your mother is too! All the best for the future to your family and hope the day was the huge success it sounded!Fully deserved and top marks to you both!
Great story to read. Good things happening all round at Ewood under Bowyer. Well done to both Ben and his brother, always tough caring for a loved one who is ill, but to do it at such a young age and then for Ben to get through his exams and also get Uni offers is incredible. Immense pride of the Rovers faithful right behind you both lads, as I'm sure your mother is too! All the best for the future to your family and hope the day was the huge success it sounded!Fully deserved and top marks to you both! Rhodesrunner11
  • Score: 11

8:54pm Fri 10 Jan 14

woolywords says...

capri1 wrote:
LouiseLLara wrote:
my roomate's mom makes 67 Dollar an hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for eight months but last month her pay was17007 Dollar just working on the internet for a few hours. this website... www.Day37.com
Wrong web site darlin !!!!!!!!!
Oh I don't know, she working hard for her Yankee Dollar.
However, if she was in this country, she'd be making minimum wages, on a zero hour contract and have to have opted out of the Working Time Directive.
A friend of mine, spends a few hours a day on the internet and he makes about £74 a week and Housing Benefit. Far from 'living the dream', he's experiencing a nightmare of agency adverts, where there is no job after completing reams of paperwork, paying out his own pocket to travel to agency offices, to be asked the self-same questions, that are clearly answered on the forms.
'We'll let you know' how he got on...
[quote][p][bold]capri1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LouiseLLara[/bold] wrote: my roomate's mom makes 67 Dollar an hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for eight months but last month her pay was17007 Dollar just working on the internet for a few hours. this website... www.Day37.com[/p][/quote]Wrong web site darlin !!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Oh I don't know, she working hard for her Yankee Dollar. However, if she was in this country, she'd be making minimum wages, on a zero hour contract and have to have opted out of the Working Time Directive. A friend of mine, spends a few hours a day on the internet and he makes about £74 a week and Housing Benefit. Far from 'living the dream', he's experiencing a nightmare of agency adverts, where there is no job after completing reams of paperwork, paying out his own pocket to travel to agency offices, to be asked the self-same questions, that are clearly answered on the forms. 'We'll let you know' how he got on... woolywords
  • Score: 2

1:41pm Sat 11 Jan 14

owd nick says...

It's nice to read about something good about clubs and players for once, in a time of greed, avarice, cheating, gambling and unbelievably a player who thinks dressing as a suicide bomber is a joke.

It shows that there are still a lot of decent people in the game who understand real life and what they mean to us fans.

Good luck to the kid, he deserves his chance and thanks to Charlie, one of the few reasonable Burnley posters.
It's nice to read about something good about clubs and players for once, in a time of greed, avarice, cheating, gambling and unbelievably a player who thinks dressing as a suicide bomber is a joke. It shows that there are still a lot of decent people in the game who understand real life and what they mean to us fans. Good luck to the kid, he deserves his chance and thanks to Charlie, one of the few reasonable Burnley posters. owd nick
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