Former Rovers favourites David Dunn and Kevin Gallacher dusted off their boots for a special charity match at Ewood Park.
The attacking duo took to the pitch alongside two teams of fortunate fans – both managed by Rovers Under-23s head coach Damien Johnson – for the annual Football Aid fixture.
At the end of another classic Ewood encounter, it was Gallacher’s ‘away’ team who took the honours, winning 5-3.
Winning captain Andrew Williams said: “Having played in one of these matches for the first time, I was so impressed with all the hard work and time Football Aid put into these games for the many charities they support.
“Not only did I get to meet three of my idols from when I was growing up, but I also got to play at Ewood Park. I'm 33 years old and I was like a kid at Christmas. The Mrs and kids keep asking when I’m going to take my shirt and captain’s armband off!
“The whole event, from arrival to leaving the Blues Bar, Blackburn Rovers and the Football Aid team could not do enough to really make the experience special. Usually with any feedback, I always think of something which can be improved on … on this occasion I can't!”
Richard Milne, Football Events Manger at Football Aid, added: “On behalf of everyone here at Football Aid, I would like to express our most sincere thanks to Ian Silvester, Sarah Logan and all the staff on the night at Blackburn Rovers for their truly magnificent support towards the Football Aid event at Ewood Park.
“We had a wonderful evening and we have received some excellent feedback from the participants so far. I would also like to say a special thank you to Damien Johnson, David Dunn and Kevin Gallacher for all of their time, energy and dedication to the Football Aid event. It was an absolute honour to have them involved and they all played a pivotal role in the overwhelming success of the event.
“We are extremely proud of our long-standing relationship with Blackburn Rovers and the Football Aid events at Ewood Park are always a popular occasion for everyone involved – we are already looking forward to the event next year with great excitement.”
Football Aid is the national football charitable organisation that gives supporters the unique opportunity to bid online and win the chance to pull on a personalised shirt and play a 90-minute match on the hallowed turf of the club they love.