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Dougie's tribute to Fred Pickering

Rovers legend saddened by the passing of his former team-mate

10 February 2019

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Rovers legend Bryan Douglas has paid tribute to his former team-mate Fred Pickering, who sadly passed away yesterday morning, aged 78.

Blackburn-born, Pickering joined Rovers at the age of 15 and turned pro on his 17th birthday.

An FA Youth Cup winner with Rovers in 1959, the prolific striker enjoyed two spells with the club, scoring 61 goals in 134 league games.

He was the most expensive footballer in Britain when Everton paid Rovers £85,000 to sign him in March 1964.

He also had spells at Birmingham City, Blackpool and Brighton.

An England international, Pickering netted a hat-trick on his debut in a 10-0 victory over the USA at Wembley and also found the net on his two other appearances for the Three Lions.

Douglas, who played alongside Pickering during the 1960s, said: "He was a great player and, for me, he was just as good as Alan Shearer.

"He was a good all-round sportsman. He excelled at all ball games.

"He came through the ranks. He started as a full-back, but at centre forward he was sensational and I was sorry to see him leave and go to Everton.

"I enjoyed his football while he was here - him and Andy McEvoy were dynamite.

"I'm so sorry to see he's passed away."

The thoughts of everybody at Blackburn Rovers are with Fred’s three children, his family and friends at this difficult time.

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