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Back To The Beginning For Ince

Here's is a press release from about the return to Macclesfield Town for Paul Ince, sent to Vital Blackburn from Vital Macclesfield (below).


New Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Ince is going back to where it all began for the first game of his tenure as Manager at Ewood Park on Monday 14th July.

It was Macclesfield Town, then seven points adrift at the foot of Coca Cola League Two and staring down the barrel of a return to non-League football, who gave Ince his first attempt at the manager's hot seat.

The Cheshire side took the gamble on the untested managerial ability of the former England captain and, alongside Ray Mathias, he steered the Silkmen to safety and threw in an FA Cup trip to Stamford Bridge for good measure.

It's fitting therefore that Blackburn Rovers supporters will have their first chance to see their new managerial team in action at Macclesfield's Moss Rose stadium.

Macclesfield Town chairman Mike Rance said: "I was only involved with the club as a supporter when Paul arrived, but we were clearly in real trouble. Paul's arrival gave the players a great boost and the effect was almost immediate as we won eight games from nine within a month of his arrival. That run saved the club from relegation.

"And we are all delighted that Paul is set to bring Blackburn Rovers to the Moss Rose for his first pre-season game, and we hope it's a match which appeals to both supporters of both clubs and neutrals in the region.

"As well as a great opportunity for our players to test themselves against top class opposition and our fans to see Premiership opposition, it should prove to be an entertaining evening's football."

The game may also be of interest to neutrals on a more political level. Paul Ince, England's first black captain, has been a figurehead for the under representation of black managers in the English game. On joining Macclesfield he stated his desire to reach the Premier League and following continued success at MK Dons, where he achieved a League and Cup double, Paul is now the first black Englishman to manage in the top flight. From his statement of intent to achieving this record breaking first took less than two years.

One of only two black managers in the English professional game, Ince will face the other, current Silkmen boss Keith Alexander, in this early pre-season friendly. Keith joined Macclesfield Town 12 games from the end of last season and emulated Paul Ince's achievement by winning his own survival battle with the club.

The game on Monday 14th July will kick off at 7.45pm


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The Journalist

Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 14 2008

Time: 9:01AM

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Is anyone going?? would be good to hear what formation we play etc etc.
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14/07/2008 10:54:00

Good details here - Walker - good name change too! Good luck to the lads, I hope we get off to a flying start.
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14/07/2008 11:20:00

Very nice of the Vital Macc team to send this over. It should be a very good game, wish i was going.
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14/07/2008 12:50:00

Yeah thanks to Vital Macclesfield for sorting this out, I know they went to A LOT of trouble to promote this game!!! Bents isn't taking part at all tonight is he, which means only one thing really doesn't it. Bradders IS though, so thats got to be a good thing!
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14/07/2008 19:25:00

Did not play because of a calve strain apparently. So after all the media bull**** and lies Ince has come out and with just a few words has put everyones mind at rest. Brad is going nowhere, we are not in for Robinson and there is still no guarantee that Bents will not be at Ewood next year. I have to admit i like his style. No messing about; just tell exactly what is happening at the club. I think a lot of fans will appreciate this and a good start to his managerial career at Blackburn. That looked like the old Dunn weaving in between players and a nice simple finish plus good to see Gally reminding everyone what a good player he can be. Excellent start
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14/07/2008 23:09:00

Dunn was the best player on the pitch apparently. Gally has still got it and was criminally overlooked by Hughes... good, impressive start... more please.
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15/07/2008 12:42:00

Dunn was in early for pre-season training... hopefully he'll start the campaign flying
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16/07/2008 13:33:00


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