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Buses named after Rovers legends

22 February 2016

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They're all known for the part they played at Rovers and now four club legends will have another thing in common - they'll each have a bus named after them.

Former club owner Jack Walker, record goal-scorer Simon Garner, Rovers and England idol Bryan Douglas and midfield maestro Tugay have been chosen after fans had their say in an online vote.

Transdev-owned bus operator Lancashire United asked fans to vote for which famous Rovers players and club officials it should name four of its buses after following the unveiling of the Alan Shearer bus back in December.

The buses will operate on the 1 service which passes Ewood Park up to every seven minutes on its way between Blackburn and Darwen.

Douglas and Garner visited Ewood Park this week where the buses named after them were officially unveiled. 

Bryan, now aged 81, worked on the buses in Blackburn when he was 15, after his father insisted he learn a trade. But when he signed as an amateur for Rovers and needed Thursday afternoons off ahead of games his bosses at the depot said it was time to pick between the buses or football. He then went to work on the ground staff at the club until he became a professional player.

He said: "I find it very flattering and as I worked on the buses it is humorous. I hope some of the guys from the depot who are still alive will see the joke."

Garner, who was a special guest of the club at Tuesday night's game against Fulham, added: "It makes me feel good that the fans still remember me and to know the people of Blackburn still think of me. I've never heard of somebody having a bus named after them before. I am proud of it."

Number 1875 in the fleet - the same year Rovers were formed - will be the bus named after the late Blackburn-born steel magnate come owner Jack Walker.

Alex Hornby, CEO at Transdev, said: "The feedback from passengers and football fans alike has shown what an appetite there was for the club's legends to be recognised in such a way. We're very pleased with the response we've received and are delighted we're able to name the buses after these footballing greats."

The bus operator is also offering Blackburn fans a special discounted bus ticket enabling them unlimited travel on its Lancashire United buses on all home match days until the end of the season. 
The ticket will enable fans holding a valid match ticket the opportunity to travel anywhere within the company's 'Blackburn boundary' for £3.20* (a saving of £1) on those days, including its 1 service.

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