Doncaster star preparing for Gunners clash after heartbreaking summer

Matty Blair is preparing to face Arsenal with Doncaster tonight after the tragic loss of his beloved brother this summer.

The Rovers ace is grieving after older brother Ross, 32, passed away on July 29 after over three years bravely battling a horrific brain tumour.

It has devastated the football-mad family, who include dad Andy, a European Cup winner with Aston Villa in 1982.

But Blair has continued to train and play for League One Doncaster at the wish of his brother, who was his biggest supporter.

Blair, 28, told Mirror Sport: “Ross is in my mind all the time, morning, noon and night.

“He always said I was his hero but he was mine. I have never met a better bloke.

“I have got myself back in training and tried to carry on because we know that is what Ross would have wanted. He wouldn’t have wanted us moping around, he was such a positive guy.

“When we got the Arsenal draw I thought that was the best one but I was gutted at the same time. As a kid when I was growing up you get your Man United or Arsenal fans.

“Ross and me weren’t fans as such but were definitely Arsenal followers. So to get Arsenal away, Ross would have been organising everyone to be going.”

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(Image: Matty Blair)