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Like father, like son

It was a night to remember for Academy graduate last night after making his debut for the club on Tuesday

29 August 2018

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A little bit of history was made in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup win against Lincoln City as another father and son pairing was completed for Rovers.

Joe Grayson made his first team debut for the club, producing an assured performance in a back three alongside Paul Downing and Ryan Nyambe.

Grayson's game time resulted in him being a part in only the third father and son to have represented the club, with dad Simon appearing 40 times for us between 1999 and 2002.

The Graysons join esteemed company in becoming the first father and son in 89 years to represent the club, with the Cromptons and the Forrests being the others to have played in the blue-and-white.

Rovers legend Bob Crompton spent 24 years at the club, between 1896-1920, playing 608 times and having two spells in charge as manager.

It was during that first stint as boss that he brought in his son Wilfred, who went on to appear 20 times in a five-year spell at Ewood Park between 1927 and 1932.

They were the last pair to do it, and after delving into the archives, they aren't alone in doing so.

Jimmy Forrest Snr and Jnr are the other father and son pair to have represented Rovers, with father Jimmy appearing 195 times during a 12-year stint in the late 80s.

And son - also called Jimmy - spent seven years with us in East Lancashire, playing 18 times and failing to score in that time.

How many more father and son duos will play for the club over the course of the next 89 years?...


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