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Fond memories for Fazackerley

We spoke to the Rovers legend, who was one of seven club icons inducted into the Hall of Fame last week

13 February 2019

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One of seven inductees into the Rovers Hall of Fame last week, we managed to catch up with one of those club legends in the form of Derek Fazackerley.

Faz, who is currently the assistant manager at League One side Oxford United, appeared a record 671 times for Rovers between 1969 and 1987.

It was a night to remember, and Derek reflected on the evening, which took place at Ewood Park, and discussed his memories from his playing days for Rovers.

“It was a fantastic occasion for me to be around the likes of Brad Friedel, Alan Shearer, Simon Garner and Bryan Douglas. Sadly we were without Ronnie Clayton," he said.
“My son was there, which was good, and it was great to catch up with some old players and some of the supporters and directors who have been a big part of the club over the years as well.
“The way football is these days, you’d find it difficult to think that the appearance record will be broken. Player smove on at a faster rate these days.
“But with all the competitions played, who’s to say that someone won’t come along and beat it? If they do, I doubt it’ll happen in my lifetime!"
A rock solid defender during his time at Rovers, Faz was handed his debut by Ken Furphy and would go on to have a fruitful defensive partnership wih Glenn Keeley.
The mean backline saw Rovers conced just 36 times in 46 outings as Rovers clinched promotion from the Third Division in the 1979-80 season.
And Fazackerley recollects how his debut came about - in slightly strange circumstances.
“You always remember your debut," he added.
"My debut came against Hull City and there were 30,000 people at Boothferry Park
“I think I went as part of the squad, but wouldn't have been used.
"As it was, the game was abandoned and I made my debut in the re-arranged fixture, 10 days later. 
“You remember the cup ties against teams like Everton and Aston Villa, and, of course, the promotions that we earned, but the debut sets you on your way in the game."

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