Rovers are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former player Ken Clayton, the older brother of club legend Ronnie Clayton.
Ken, who was 81, arrived at Ewood Park in 1949 and went on to make 77 appearances for the club, before joining Ashton United in 1961.
After making his debut at home to Birmingham City in November 1952, it wasn’t until the 1955-56 campaign that he became a regular in the first team – the same season that Rovers skipper Ronnie made his England debut against Northern Ireland at Wembley.
A wing-half, Ken was an ever-present the following season until he suffered a broken leg in a game at Middlesbrough in April 1957, which effectively ended his Rovers career.
He played just three further games for the club, his final appearance coming away to Birmingham City in April 1959.
Rovers would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Ken’s family and friends at this sad time.