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READ | It’s a big test but one we’re looking forward to – Ollie

7 October 2022

Club News

READ | It’s a big test but one we’re looking forward to – Ollie

7 October 2022

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The name Rathbone will be familiar to everyone in attendance at Ewood Park this Saturday.

Millers fans in the crowd will of course know all about Ollie Rathbone, the all-action midfielder who played an integral role to helping their team to a promotion and cup double last term and someone who has also fitted in seamlessly to his new second tier surroundings.

When Ollie steps out onto the Ewood Park turf on Saturday, he’ll be following in the footsteps of his father, Mick, who played over 300 games in Rovers colours between 1979 and 1987.

And whilst Ollie insists it will be business as usual as soon as the first whistle is blown on Saturday, he admits it will be a big occasion to come up against his hometown team.

“My dad played over 300 games for Blackburn during his professional career, so it’s always nice to go back,” Rathbone told

“I think he’s very well thought of there and he’s coming to the game as well.

“I have a lot of family coming as well, so hopefully we can make it a great day by getting the three points.

“I played at Ewood Park when I was with Rochdale, but it will definitely be a special occasion for me.

“I don’t think having my family there watching will have any impact on how I play, really. You always want to perform to your best capabilities, whether that be in training or on a matchday."

Ollie Rathbone

“The only thing on my mind will be trying to get the three points.”

The Millers head to Lancashire on Saturday for what will be new manager Matt Taylor’s first away game in charge of the club.

Having started his reign with a solid point against Millwall at AESSEAL New York Stadium in midweek, the midfielder is relishing the challenge of facing Rovers.

“The games are coming thick and fast, but this is another one that we’ll be relishing. Blackburn are a good side and have had a strong start, especially at home, so it will be a big test for us but one we’re all looking forward to."

Ollie Rathbone

“It’s a big club but one we’re all excited to play against and we just want to go there and give everything that we’ve got as we always do.

“We’ve had a really good week ever since the manager first walked through the door at the start of it.

“It was a good result for us on Wednesday, too. There were positives to take from the game but if we’re been truthful, there we also aspects that we could improve on, too but it is good to have a new face in the building with fresh ideas and I think the lads have taken to it really well.”

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