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Benno scoops top Disabled Supporters award!

Rovers midfielder named BRIDSC Player of the Year at sell-out Ewood event

26 April 2019

Elliott Bennett was the night’s big winner at the Blackburn Rovers Disabled Supporters End of Season Party.

The versatile and hard-working midfielder epitomises the club's values and has been a consistent performer throughout the Championship campaign.

Bennett has started 36 of our 44 league games this season and his passion to play for the shirt has seen him develop an unrivalled rapport with the Rovers fans.

Upon receiving the Blackburn Rovers Independent Disabled Supporters Club Player of the Year award for 2018-19, the 30-year-old said: "There have been some fantastic performances from others in the squad this season - especially the likes of Danny and Dacky - so it's a great honour to pick up this award and it truly means a lot.

"I've played a lot of games, so this season has been brilliant for me and I'm thankful to be at this football club.

"It's great to be back in the Championship and I think we've done really well as a team. It's a tough league to come back into and some of the boys haven't played at this level before, but everyone has done brilliantly.  

"Hopefully we can finish the season off strongly and kick on next season."

It was also a night to remember for rising star Dan Butterworth, who was presented with the Young Player of the Year award - pipping Tyler Magloire and John Buckley to the prize.

The 19-year-old striker, who has scored five goals in 18 appearances for Rovers Under-23s this season, made his first team debut in the League Cup victory over Lincoln City in August and featured again at Bournemouth in the third round.

Butterworth, who made his league bow for the club in Monday's 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park, said: "It was a good moment for myself. I was happy to make my debut and hopefully I can get a few more."

Speaking about the Under-23s' season as a whole, he added: "Overall, we've had a good year. We didn't get off to the best of starts, but since January we've been in good form and the lads have shown what we're capable of."

Elsewhere on the night, Jayson Leutwiler was named the PFA Community Champion, Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly scooped the Clubman of the Year award after steering her side to a third straight league title, whilst star striker Natasha Flint netted the Ladies Player of the Year award.

Manager Tony Mowbray and players from the first team and Under-23s turned out in force to support the sell-out event, which was held in the Premier Suite at Ewood Park and has become a firm fixture on the club’s social calendar.


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