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Footballer Colin Hendry given 17 month driving ban

Footballer Colin Hendry was banned for 17 months. Credit: Press Association.

Footballer Colin Hendry has been banned from the road for 17 months after he dropped his fight against a drink-driving charge concerning an incident in Lancashire.

Lawyers for Hendry, 49, had called for a "special reasons" hearing after arguing that the amount of alcohol he consumed did not tally with the excess alcohol reading recorded by police.

But the case went straight to sentencing after Blackpool Magistrates' Court heard that tests showed he was definitely over the legal limit.

Hendry was arrested by police after being stopped while driving a blue Ford Focus in Church Road, Lytham, at 1.05am on February 21.

He provided a reading of 63 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit in England is 35 micrograms.

Magistrates also fined him £110 and ordered to him pay £200 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

Hendry, of Coopers Row, Lytham, had a long playing career, captaining Scotland in the 1998 World Cup and appearing for a series of clubs including Blackburn, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Glasgow Rangers.

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Blackburn face Liverpool in FA Cup replay

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Liverpool travel to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn for their quarter final replay, this evening.

The last time they met at Anfield they drew NIL - NIL.

Gary Bowyer’s team have already enjoyed FA Cup wins at Ewood Park against Premier League teams this season with Swansea City and Stoke City coming unstuck in east Lancashire.

The winner will head to Wembley for the semi-finals.

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Blackburn Rovers hoping to celebrate Premier League title anniversary with return to top flight

20 years ago Blackburn Rovers were on their way to winning the Premier League.

There's not been much to cheer in recent years, with a string of managerial changes and relegation to the Championship.

But after a decent start to this season, there's belief their wait for a Premier League return might be nearing an end.

David Chisnall has been speaking to the Rovers manager Gary Bowyer.

Rovers reject bids for Jordan Rhodes

"We have recently received two official bids for the services of Jordan Rhodes from Hull City FC, both have been respectfully and categorically rejected."

– Alan Myers Director of Communications, Blackburn Rovers.
Jordan Rhodes. Credit: PA

Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes targeted by Hull

Jordan Rhodes. Credit: PA

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer says Hull have made a bid for prolific striker Jordan Rhodes.

The 24-year-old Scotland international, who scored 25 goals for Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship last season, has been targeted by Tigers boss Steve Bruce to replace Shane Long following his recent move to Southampton.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday lunchtime, Bowyer said: "There has been an enquiry which has been taken to the board and the owners and that's as much as I know."

Rhodes is expected to be involved in Rovers' clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.

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