Rare victory for Rovers in a different derby clash

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Burnley haven’t been beaten by old enemy Blackburn Rovers in six meetings, stretching back to 2010.

But Rovers got some semblance of revenge on the golf course at Great Harwood GC, with a familiar foe in opposition.

In his playing days, David Dunn was a thorn in Burnley’s side. and he was at it again.

Playing on his home course, Dunn led Blackburn to a comfortable win in a now annual charity match.

Dunn was making his first appearance for the former players team, which included three other new boys, Mark Atkins, Jimmy Quinn and Roy Tunks.

Burnley’s team included Ian Brennan, Brian Flynn, Marcus Phelan and John Dawson.

Having played out a tie in 2014 at Stonyhurst Park, and after Burnley won comfortably on home turf in 2015 at Nelson, revenge was sweet for Blackburn.

Dunn’s team were comfortably the best individual scorers on the day, leading Blackburn to a convincing win.

The match raised almost £3,000 which will be shared equally between BRFPA, BFPA and the Birmingham Childrens Hospital, the nominated charity of Michael Eccles, the captain of Great Harwood.

On behalf of both Former Players Associations, a huge thank goes to Great Harwood members for giving up their course for the day, and for their hospitality before and after the match, and in particular to Andy Dean for all his help in the organisation.