Amateur footballer cancels family holiday to realise dream of playing at Ewood Park

Lancashire Telegraph: Ian Pearson with wife Michelle and son Joseph at Ewood Park Ian Pearson with wife Michelle and son Joseph at Ewood Park

AN amateur footballer has blown the whistle on his family’s hoilday to Majorca - so he can realise his boyhood dream of playing at Ewood Park.

Ian Pearson, 35, has dreamed of playing at Blackburn Rovers’ ground ever since he missed out as a junior player 23 years ago. And when his team reached the final of the Orphanage Cup, at Ewood Park, he wasn’t going to miss out.

So he has rearranged a holiday to Palma Nova with his wife, Michelle, and four-year-old son Joseph, which has cost him £300, so he can play in Friday’s final.

Fortunately for Ian, Michelle is no football widow. She said: “Even though it has cost a bit to change the holiday, I don’t mind. Joseph and I will be there on Friday to cheer him on.

“Football has always been in his life since we got together 14 years ago so it’s something I understand.

“I support him and he takes Joseph onto games with him.

“Hopefully, he will win and we can all go on holiday with smiles.”

It is not the first time Michelle, 37, a health care assistant at Royal Blackburn Hospital, has had to let football take priority over their holiday.

She said: “Ian came back from a holiday in the Lakes to play in the quarter finals.

“He dropped us off at the caravan park, at Grange over Sands, and then drove back to play the match.”

Blackburn Rovers season ticket holder Ian, a leisure attendant at Darwen Leisure Centre, said: “It’s a lot of money, but it’s worth it because I missed out years ago.

“Amateurs would give their right arm for that opportunity.

“It means everything to any player that starts as a young boy. My team mates were right behind me.

“I threw my medal for runn- er-up in the bin when I didn’t play years ago.

“My wife has been very understanding. She has to be.

“My colleagues at work thought I was crazy, espec-ially the women with child-ren themselves. They said they wouldn’t let their part-ners get away with this.”

Ian’s team, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s ‘B’ Team, faces Soccer Seven on Friday, at Ewood Park.

The match will kick off at 6.30pm.

The Orphanage Cup began in 1952 and involves businesses, and local organisations, from across the Blackburn area.

Money raised goes to Child Action Northwest.

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5:10pm Wed 15 May 13

peely says...

Good lad can fully understand why he,s doing it - been there and done it myself, when I was a lad all the local schoolboy finals were held on Ewood .
It was every schoolboys dream to play on Ewood Park , they should re instate this great tradition as way of giving something back to the local community - but there again I forgot its the chicken pluckers who own Ewood now !
Sad sad days !
Good lad can fully understand why he,s doing it - been there and done it myself, when I was a lad all the local schoolboy finals were held on Ewood . It was every schoolboys dream to play on Ewood Park , they should re instate this great tradition as way of giving something back to the local community - but there again I forgot its the chicken pluckers who own Ewood now ! Sad sad days ! peely

5:46pm Wed 15 May 13

batesempire says...

Hey Ian whatch out for a lad called Chris baker he is the mustard for them but the whole team ain't bad in saying that but I guess you have already been watching them.
Hey Ian whatch out for a lad called Chris baker he is the mustard for them but the whole team ain't bad in saying that but I guess you have already been watching them. batesempire

6:16pm Wed 15 May 13

juanbbien says...

I played on Ewood in 1963ish for St Peters Sec/Mod against the Tech and Grammer it finished 1-1 and we shared the trophy,it was a great experience For all the lads,pity it doesn't happen now.
I played on Ewood in 1963ish for St Peters Sec/Mod against the Tech and Grammer it finished 1-1 and we shared the trophy,it was a great experience For all the lads,pity it doesn't happen now. juanbbien

8:34pm Wed 15 May 13

D'you wanna dry slap? says...

Tiny things please tiny minds I guess.
Tiny things please tiny minds I guess. D'you wanna dry slap?

10:56pm Wed 15 May 13

Stone Island: says...

D'you wanna dry slap? wrote:
Tiny things please tiny minds I guess.
Minds don't come much tinier than yours.
[quote][p][bold]D'you wanna dry slap?[/bold] wrote: Tiny things please tiny minds I guess.[/p][/quote]Minds don't come much tinier than yours. Stone Island:

6:33am Thu 16 May 13

claret777 says...

He must have known when the final was,obviously didn;t have much confidence in reaching it,so i will say the other team will win.
He must have known when the final was,obviously didn;t have much confidence in reaching it,so i will say the other team will win. claret777

9:47am Thu 16 May 13

Chico! says...

D'you wanna dry slap? wrote:
Tiny things please tiny minds I guess.
Is that why you've always got your hands down the front of your tracky bottoms?

Bless x
[quote][p][bold]D'you wanna dry slap?[/bold] wrote: Tiny things please tiny minds I guess.[/p][/quote]Is that why you've always got your hands down the front of your tracky bottoms? Bless x Chico!

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