It’s full time for Rovers’ doc Chris

full time: Dr Chris Mowbray (left) receives a watch from Blackburn Rovers Academy manager Phil Cannon to mark his retirement.
full time: Dr Chris Mowbray (left) receives a watch from Blackburn Rovers Academy manager Phil Cannon to mark his retirement.

A RIBBLE Valley doctor has called time on his long-serving career as Blackburn Rovers’ Academy doctor.

Dr Chris Mowbray, of Langho, who has looked after the health concerns of the club’s fledgling footballers for the past 12 years, was presented with a watch by Academy manager Phil Cannon at a special leaving luncheon.

Having joined the club’s backroom team on an ad-hoc basis in the early-80s, the 56-year-old initially provided cover for former first team doctor Paul Burke and was involved in the Premiership glory years of the mid-90s.

Chris, who is to continue his practice in Little Harwood, insists he will miss his regular visits to Rovers’ Brockhall training base, but says he is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

“I will miss it – it’s been the best part of my work for a number of years,” he said. “It was always the bit you could never plan for. Things would just crop up and you had to be available. Unpredictable, but very enjoyable.

“It’s been a great experience. Rovers is a very family-orientated club and they have looked after me very well. I will miss the staff, the players and, of course, the banter!”