It was a day to remember for Scott Wharton after he made his senior debut for his boyhood club.
The Blackburn-born defender was handed his first start and didn't disappoint with a strong display as Rovers picked up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw against Burton Albion.
Wharton admitted there were a few nerves after being told he was starting by boss Owen Coyle the day before, but the 18-year-old was delighted with his dream day.
"It has been a great day, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience," Wharton told Radio Rovers after the match.
"All the lads have been supporting me, but I'm gutted about the result a bit, I thought we deserved the three points.
"I found out I was playing after training on Friday, the gaffer called me into his office and said he was going to give me my debut. I was buzzing, I struggled to get the sleep last night and I was nervous this morning, but once I got that first pass out of the way I was alright.
"It was a great feeling making my debut for my home club, it is something that you dream of, playing for your home team is amazing.
"It is all about taking your opportunities at this stage, so hopefully the gaffer was impressed and you can see some more performances from me soon.
"I had a good pre-season with the first team and played quite a few games, so that has been good for me. So I feel as though I am ready and I'm just looking forward to the challenge.
"I used to be a season ticket holder so I used to watch the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Samba at the back. They were probably the players that you look up to at that age and who you want to be when you are older, so hopefully I can go in their direction, but I'll take it just one step at a time."
Rovers are back at Ewood Park this Tuesday night when they take on Crewe Alexandra in the second round of the EFL Cup.
Tickets are on open sale priced at just £12 Adults, £5 Concessions and £2 for Juniors aged 17 and under.
Book now online at www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers, or at the Roverstore, Ewood Park, or by calling the ticket office on 01254 372000.