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Ben hoping to rub his mates up the wrong way

It's a return to old territory for Brereton this weekend...

20 September 2018

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Born in Stoke and a self-confessed supporter of the club, Ben Brereton says he's hoping to wind his mates up this weekend with a Rovers win.

The 19-year-old, who arrived on an initial loan deal from Nottingham Forest at the end of last month, actually spent a stint in the academy system at City before making the switch to the City Ground.
 
He used to watch the team under Tony Pulis a few years ago, holding a season ticket at the club.
 
“Saturday’s a game I’m looking forward to. I’m from Stoke and it’s the team I support. I support them but if I get a goal then I’ll be celebrating!
 
“It’ll be the first time I’ve played against them at first team level. I spent a couple of years there as a youngster and all my family and friends support Stoke, but I’m a Blackburn player so I’ll have to do what I have to do, won’t I?!
 
"We'll go there looking to do the job."
 
So how's the build up been for Brereton and what are his memories from watching as a youngster at the bet365 Stadium?
 
“Me and my mates have a group chat and the banter has been there but it’s not working on me. I've had some grief but I'm just ignoring them!
 

"I used to go with my mates when I was younger. I had a season ticket there. I remember the era, there was big Ricardo Fuller up front, [Mamady] Sidibe, Rory Delap and his long throws, [Matty] Etherington. It was a good time there," he added.

"I was watching when they were in the Championship and then the Premier League. The fans were loud and the atmosphere was hostile."


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