Young fan gets golden ticket surprise from Rovers boss

Gary Bowyer springs his surprise before taking Matthew into the club shop for an orange juice

Gary Bowyer springs his surprise before taking Matthew into the club shop for an orange juice

First published in News

A YOUNG Rovers fan will see his heroes fight for promotion to the Premier League for free next season - after being handed a golden season ticket by manager Gary Bowyer.

Matthew Spencer was given the ticket as he walked through the town centre with his mum yesterday morning.

The nine-year-old, of Knowles Street, Rishton, is the first of 20 lucky fans who will receive free tickets to celebrate 20 years since the club won the Premier League title.

The St Charles’ Primary School pupil was walking with his mum, Bernadette, outside the club shop, wearing his Rovers shirt, when Mr Bowyer approached. “I said to my mum, ‘that’s Gary Bowyer’, but she said, ‘it can’t be’. Then he walked up to us and gave me the ticket. I was really surprised. I’m really happy, and my friends will be jealous.”

Matthew, who lives with his mum and dad, Scott, already travels to see Rovers home and away, and has been a club mascot in the past.

Mr Bowyer said: “It’s a fantastic idea from the club to celebrate 20 years since winning the Premier League. To come into town and find this young lad was a tremendous feeling.”

Bernadette added: “His dad Scott was at work, but he will be ecstatic. We always wave at Gary from the Jack Walker Stand, and we go and watch the team train too.”

Outside, a Rovers’ staff member was given his own special ticket - a parking fine - much to the amusement of Mr Bowyer, who left at around 10am.

The 19 remaining tickets will be given away over the course of the pre-season, although the club has yet to reveal how it will do it.

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12:23pm Wed 28 May 14

Dukes says...

Good to see the club doing this putting smile back on people faces.
Good to see the club doing this putting smile back on people faces. Dukes
  • Score: 12

2:30pm Wed 28 May 14

noddy57 says...

hey that,s brilliant the lad must think he,s died and gone to heaven, great gesture by this great club.
hey that,s brilliant the lad must think he,s died and gone to heaven, great gesture by this great club. noddy57
  • Score: 5

5:00pm Wed 28 May 14

onsidecobra says...

What a lovely, lovely thing to do. That lad will be a Rover's supporter for the rest of his life. Who will be the other lucky 19?
What a lovely, lovely thing to do. That lad will be a Rover's supporter for the rest of his life. Who will be the other lucky 19? onsidecobra
  • Score: 7

8:15am Thu 29 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Wicked man inflicts life of misery on poor, unsuspecting child. Is the headline that SHOULD have been used. Big chance missed there by the Blackburn Apoligi....sorry, Lancashire Telegraph reporter.
Wicked man inflicts life of misery on poor, unsuspecting child. Is the headline that SHOULD have been used. Big chance missed there by the Blackburn Apoligi....sorry, Lancashire Telegraph reporter. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 4

10:10am Thu 29 May 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Wicked man inflicts life of misery on poor, unsuspecting child. Is the headline that SHOULD have been used. Big chance missed there by the Blackburn Apoligi....sorry, Lancashire Telegraph reporter.
Still showing us what a dog vomit can achieve aren't you Crispy?

I'm a Burnley fan and in no way want our club or other supporters to be associated with the low life scum Crispy Bacon.

What a fantastic gesture by your club, good luck to the lad and the picture is great, it looks like its obviously made his day/week/year.
At a time when our club has shot itself in the foot by tripling season ticket prices, your club looks like its heading in the right direction.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: Wicked man inflicts life of misery on poor, unsuspecting child. Is the headline that SHOULD have been used. Big chance missed there by the Blackburn Apoligi....sorry, Lancashire Telegraph reporter.[/p][/quote]Still showing us what a dog vomit can achieve aren't you Crispy? I'm a Burnley fan and in no way want our club or other supporters to be associated with the low life scum Crispy Bacon. What a fantastic gesture by your club, good luck to the lad and the picture is great, it looks like its obviously made his day/week/year. At a time when our club has shot itself in the foot by tripling season ticket prices, your club looks like its heading in the right direction. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -3

2:14pm Thu 29 May 14

noddy57 says...

Some people just don,t get it do they ?
Some people just don,t get it do they ? noddy57
  • Score: 1

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