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The return of the Warnock

Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock is really looking forward to visiting Ewood Park tomorrow to face old club Blackburn Rovers - due to the excellent time he had with the club.

Warnock will be making his first return to Ewood since his move with Rovers legend Brad Friedel making his second return, both of whom now play for Aston Villa.

Both are pretty certain to get warm receptions, especially Brad, due to the dedicated service both gave to the Rovers when they were here.

But Stephen in particular is excited this time round.

Warnock, speaking to the BBC said - 'I enjoyed my time there. I always felt that a move to Blackburn was a stepping stone to a move back to a big club.

'I had the chance to play for Villa, who are as ambitious as anyone to break in to the top four. I had to take it.

'I'm not sure what reception I will get but hopefully it will be quite good.'

'I was fortunate to be given a chance by Blackburn and never looked at it and thought I wasn't happy at the club.

'I tried to give everything I could for the club and hopefully that will get recognised when I go back.'

Warnock played in Europe with Rovers and also played in an FA Cup semi final which was the source of his biggest frustration whilst at Rovers.

Warnock continued - 'The disappointing thing was not reaching the FA Cup final, we played Chelsea and had a cracking chance.

'I would have loved to have gone to Wembley with the club, for the first year back at Wembley. It would have been fantastic.'

Kind words indeed from Stephen and I fully expect him to get a respectful welcome back as always gave his best when he was here.

Fair enough, towards the end he wanted to move to further his career but he never let his head drop, never moaned about not moving and never gave less than 100% even though he wanted to go.

This of course is the complete opposite attitude of a certain greedy individual who now plays for Man City (hint: he is Paraguayan and is injured a lot).

So I implore you to show your respect to Warnock tomorrow - he deserves it.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 25 2009

Time: 8:58AM

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As Victor Meldrew would say "I don't believe it!!" You've only gone and done it again Mr Mikey, was literally putting on the article I'd wrote about this when I saw your's, which had pretty much the same title as well lol!!
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25/09/2009 09:01:00

lol Walker! Good job as you say you beat me to it last time!!!! Back on topic - Warnock was alaways a favourite for me here as he is a never give in sort of individual and a good person and can expect a good welcome tomorrow as far as I am concerned.
Mikey D
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25/09/2009 09:03:00

lol!! This is something that I'd written within what I was going to add: I personally would've preferred it had Stevie W not come out with the stepping stone comment, however, I can't ever fault his effort and commitment during his time with the club so everyone benefited and I also hold no grudge against him for moving onto Villa Park. I'm sure (and hopeful) that he'll get a very good reception upon his return.
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25/09/2009 09:05:00

he is just being honest though when he says that which is fair enough...
Mikey D
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25/09/2009 09:07:00

must admit reading the stepping stone quote doesn't sit well, I think if a Villa player said that when moving away, he'd not get a welcome when returning. Then again, I am sure they don't always mean the disrespect that they come out with and just word things wrongly! To say a different/new challenge would have been more palatable I'd have thought!
The Fear
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25/09/2009 09:29:00

A good player for us and he went quietly compared with opthers, as Mikey has said. I hope it works out for him, but I also hope he has a nightmare, scores two own goals and lets us score three more! However, he's not one that I would boo!
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25/09/2009 14:04:00

He deserves a warm reception as he was the best player in our relegation battle last season.
SoCal Rover
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25/09/2009 18:50:00


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