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Rovers sadness over former players' passing

3 April 2019

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Rovers are saddened to hear the passing of former players Kit Napier and Barrie Hole.

Napier joined the club alongside Dave Turner from Brighton & Hove Albion in September 1972, with Kit going on to make his debut in the defeat to Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park.

The Scottish frontman got off the mark for the club later that month as he helped Rovers to a home victory over Plymouth Argyle, and finished his first season with seven goals in all competitions.

Napier totalled 13 goals in 64 games between 1972-1974 before joining South African side Durban United.

Prior to arriving at Ewood Park, the striker Blackpool, Preston North End, Workington, Newcastle United and Brighton, where he would earn legendary status for his goalscoring exploits.

Barrie joined Rovers in 1966 from Cardiff City and enjoyed a two-year spell at Ewood Park, scoring 15 times in 88 games for the club.

The Swansea-born midfielder departed to join Aston Villa in 1968 before returning to his hometown to join Swansea later on his career.

Many Rovers fans will remember a derby clash in particular, against Preston North End, where the Welshman scored a beauty in the 5-3 victory at Deepdale.

We'd like to send our condolences to Kit and Barrie's family and friends at this sad time.

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