Blackburn star David Dunn is braced for ‘Dingles’ ding dong in Burnley derby

17 October 2009 10:36
Jibe: David Dunn has risked the ire of Burnley fans [LNB]Blackburn vice-captain David Dunn has risked a backlash from Burnley fans by branding them 'Dingles' after the television family from hell.[LNB]Although Rovers fans commonly use the insult for their near-neighbours, it is the first time a player has come out with the derogatory term, with the timing particularly sensitive ahead of the first top-flight derby between the teams since 1966 today. [LNB]The Dingles are a notorious family in TV soap Emmerdale known for being noisy, stupid and unclean. [LNB]Dunn, who hails from Great Harwood between the two towns and is aware of the simmering tension between the fans, meant his comment as a good-natured jibe but can expect to receive a hostile reception when the sides walk out at Turf Moor. [LNB]He said: 'I grew up in a town stuck in the middle between Blackburn and Burnley. The majority of people probably supported Blackburn but you got the odd Dingle knocking about as well.[LNB] 'When we last played them in the league in 2001, I tried to tell the Blackburn lads what the game meant. [LNB] Stuck in the middle: Dunn grew up in a town between the two rivals[LNB]'They weren't having any of it because some of them had played in Merseyside and Old Firm derbies. I tried to warn them the atmosphere would be tense and as soon as we got to the ground they looked at me and said: 'Bloody Hell, you weren't wrong'.' [LNB]The two clubs are based just 16 miles apart along the M65 but have not played each other since 2005 when Blackburn won an FA Cup third-round replay 2-1.[LNB] Burnley's last win against Rovers came 30 years ago. Dunn played in the last league derby which Rovers won 5-0. But he is expecting a far tougher game today with Owen Coyle's newly promoted Burnley unbeaten at home this season. [LNB]'That was a great day but not for one moment do I think we will beat them 5-0 again,' he said. 'It's more likely to be a really tough game.'[LNB] Blackburn's players can't afford to lose to Burnley, as Kenyon puts boot inBlackburn Rovers v Burnley: Calm before the East Lancashire stormBURNLEY FC

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