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Grace Davies ... She's one of our own!

Hometown hero, with close club connections, bids for glory in X Factor final

1 December 2017

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There's more than one reason why Rovers fans should get behind local favourite Grace Davies in the X Factor final this weekend.

For not only is the singer-songwriter from Blackburn, but she also has two close family ties with the club.

Her grandad, Barrie Ratcliffe, played for Rovers between in 1958 and 1964.

The outside-left made exactly 50 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals, and was a team-mate of Rovers legends Bryan Douglas and Ronnie Clayton.

His three league goals during the 1961-62 First Division campaign all contributed to Rovers wins against high-profile opposition.

Ratcliffe's first Rovers goal came in a 4-1 victory over Manchester City at Ewood Park in December 1961 and his second came in a 3-0 victory over Manchester United in April.

Undoubtedly his most famous goal in Rovers' colours came in a 1-0 victory at Burnley a week later ... a result which played a major role in Rovers' local rivals missing out on the top-flight title by just three points.

Grace's great-grandad, Tommy Suttie, also represented Rovers with distinction at the start of the century.

The Scottish full-back made 110 appearances for the club between 1907 and 1915 ... a period in which Rovers were twice crowned league champions.

A team-mate of the late great Bob Crompton, Suttie started seven league games as Rovers captured the First Division title for the first time in the club's history in 1911-12.

Everyone at Blackburn Rovers wishes Grace the best of luck, as she bids to secure the X Factor crown this weekend!


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