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Douglas full of pride after being handed Blackburn Rovers honour
Blackburn Rovers legend Bryan Douglas has spoken of his “immense pride” after having an Ewood Park stand renamed in his honour.
The Bryan Douglas Darwen End was unveiled at a special dinner date on Thursday night, with the 78-year-old taken by surprise.
Douglas’s best friend and former Rovers team mate, the late Ronnie Clayton, had the Blackburn End named after him last September - and now Douglas has been awarded a similar honour.
Douglas, said: “It came as a huge surprise. It is just a shame my wife isn’t here to see it but three members of my family were there and are over the moon.
“The first person to congratulate me was Ronnie’s wife Val. He is at one end of the ground and I’m at the other end and long may that continue. We were great friends.
“They have put me at the right end as well. “I was born just 400 yards away from the Darwen End. It is a really proud moment.”
‘Dougie’ joined Rovers in 1952 and went on to make 503 appearances, scoring 115 goals, over the next 17 years. He also earned 36 caps for England.
Rovers’ operations director Paul Agnew said: “This is a fitting tribute to a true Blackburn Rovers legend and loyal servant of the club, which has been done with the blessing of our owners. It is an honour richly deserved.”