Accrington Stanley manager Beattie's allegiance with Blackburn Rovers in derby

James Beattie

James Beattie

First published in Sport

ACCRINGTON Stanley manager James Beattie enjoys regular contact with both Gary Bowyer and Sean Dyche, but he admits his allegiance will be firmly with old club Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

Beattie started his career at Rovers after supporting the club as a boy, although he never got the opportunity to play in an East Lancashire derby.

The Stanley boss said: “I speak to both Sean and Gary on a regular basis trying to get any equipment or players out of them that I can, or any money that they’ve got going spare!

“They’ve been great, they’ve been very supportive.

“My bias is always going to be towards Blackburn, being a Blackburn lad.

“I went there when I was seven to my first game and I had a season ticket for a number of years.

“Then I was lucky enough to pull the blue and white shirt on and make my debut when I was 18.

“I played in a lot of derbies in my career and got my fair bit of stick a couple of weeks ago at Portsmouth because I played in a couple of derbies for Southampton and scored.

“I didn’t manage to play in this derby, because they weren’t playing in the same league then, but it’s a great rivalry.

“I know a lad we see often see down here, David Dunn, always looks forward to them.”

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7:16pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Manuel Hung says...

I'm glad that Beattie & Bowyer get on so well. They will playing each other in the same league soon enough!
I'm glad that Beattie & Bowyer get on so well. They will playing each other in the same league soon enough! Manuel Hung
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10:36pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Ken dodds cousin says...

Accy small pointless team in Huncoats shadow...hope they get relegated
Accy small pointless team in Huncoats shadow...hope they get relegated Ken dodds cousin
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10:06am Mon 10 Mar 14

accstan says...

Think someone's had one too many, what a pathetic post - going off your name maybe you're a disappointed Cooky fan??? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Stanley ain't getting relegated anytime soon
Think someone's had one too many, what a pathetic post - going off your name maybe you're a disappointed Cooky fan??? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Stanley ain't getting relegated anytime soon accstan
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1:08pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Burnley59/60 says...

Ken dodds cousin wrote:
Accy small pointless team in Huncoats shadow...hope they get relegated
TOTAL IDIOT IM A CLARET TO THE CORE AND STANLEY ARE FAR FROM POINTLESS SMUCK,TELL ME ANOTHER CLUB THAT HAS RETURNED AFTER 44 YEARS AWAY,OUR NEIGHBOURS ARE A VITAL PART OF THE HISTORY OF THE GAME LEARN SOME RESPCT RICHARD HEAD !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Ken dodds cousin[/bold] wrote: Accy small pointless team in Huncoats shadow...hope they get relegated[/p][/quote]TOTAL IDIOT IM A CLARET TO THE CORE AND STANLEY ARE FAR FROM POINTLESS SMUCK,TELL ME ANOTHER CLUB THAT HAS RETURNED AFTER 44 YEARS AWAY,OUR NEIGHBOURS ARE A VITAL PART OF THE HISTORY OF THE GAME LEARN SOME RESPCT RICHARD HEAD !!!! Burnley59/60
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