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Charlie delivers perfect present for Clara!

Rovers' oldest supporter today celebrates her 102nd birthday

14 January 2018

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Superfan Clara Aspin is today celebrating a very special birthday - thanks to the efforts of Charlie Mulgrew!

Clara, who is believed to be Rovers' oldest supporter, today turns 102.

On Thursday, she received a suprise visit from the Rovers skipper, who presented her with a cake, card and flowers to mark the memorable milestone.

Mulgrew vowed to try and provide her with the perfect present - three points against Shrewsbury Town - and he duly delivered ... scoring twice in the thrilling 3-1 win.

Clara, who first attended a game at Ewood Park in 1927 at the age of 11, said: "My father went to watch Rovers and I asked if I could go with him. I went, I enjoyed it and I kept going.

"It was a lot different back then - the crowds, the ground and we used to have to lean on rails in those days.

"I remember Syd Puddefoot, Tommy Briggs, Bill Eckersley, Alan Shearer ... he's my boy!

"But I've got a new favourite now - Charlie! It's very nice of him to come and see me."

Speaking at the care home, ahead of his brace against the Shrews, Charlie said: "The club owes a lot to supporters like Clara. I'm just honoured to be here.

"It's such a great achievement, getting to the age of 102 and being so healthy, I'm just proud to have fans like that.

"It's great to give a bit back to the fans. The club wouldn't be where it was without the fans and we're grateful to have fans like Clara.

"It makes you think how much goes into the club and how much the supporters really do for the club to have fans for that amount of time and we're just hopeful we can get a bit of pride back for the club on the pitch and make fans like Clara happy again.

"We'll do our best to win for Clara against Shrewsbury on Saturday. I'll tell the lads in the changing room and hopefully this can inspire us."

And it did!

Happy Birthday Clara.

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