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Dunn grew up idolising Blackburn heroes Ardiles, Garner

David Dunn admits he was inspired by the great Blackburn Rovers' team of the 1980's with Ossie Ardiles in midfield.

Dunn admits he grew up idolising the club's former players.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "When I was growing up I just wanted to be a professional footballer. Obviously you dream of playing for your club but you never really know.

"Me and a few mates and my dad and my granddad used to go down and stand on the Riverside. We couldn't really see too well because we weren't tall enough. In the first game I was in the Blackburn End in the corner at the front. I remember that.

"Then we used to stand in the paddock next to the benches. I remember all the streets. We used to pick the tickets up from a terraced house, it was Jim Furnell's office.

"I used to love Gordan Cowans. I loved them all Garner, Ossie Ardiles, there were quite a few players along the way.

"We have been fortunate that, even though we are one of the less fashionable clubs, we have had some really good players over the years that we have been able to attract."

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