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THE low point in Liam Blakeman's football career seems a million miles away today as he prepares to help Burscough attempt to achieve even more FA Cup glory.
Blakeman's football world crashed around him three years ago when he was released by Blackburn Rovers after earlier playing for the Ewood Park Ewood Park is a football stadium in Blackburn, Lancashire and the home of Blackburn Rovers football club. The stadium, which opened in 1890, is an all seater facility which holds 31,367 people and has a pitch size of 115 x 76 yards. club in the 2001 FA Youth Cup final against Arsenal.
But the 23-year-old midfielder is now just 90 minutes away from a possible crack at one of the Premiership giants as his home-town club travel to Nationwide Conference side Burton Albion in today's second round.
"It was a huge blow at the time when I was released by Blackburn, and I was at a real low," said Blakeman. He is continuing a remarkable family tradition, having become the third generation to play in the FA Cup proper when Burscough grabbed their historic 3-2 victory over Gillingham in the first round four weeks ago.
His father Alex played in the Burscough side that lost to Sheffield United 25 years ago, and his grandfather, Larry Carberry Larry Carberry (born 18 January, 1936 in Liverpool) is an English former professional footballer. During his career he made over 250 appearances for Ipswich Town between 1956 and 1965. External links
Liverpool-born Carberry won Third, Second and First Division title medals at Ipswich under Sir Alf Ramsey.
Father and grandfather are spectators at all Liam's Burscough games these days, as well as watching his 13-year-old brother Adam, who is with the Liverpool Academy Liverpool Academy may refer to:
"I feel very proud to keep the family tradition going," said Liam, who hopes for an eventual return to the full-time game and is currently training with Coca-Cola League Two side Bury.
He believes Burscough have a good chance of beating Burton and reaching the third round.
"It is going to be a difficult game against Burton, but the way we are playing I don't see why we can't beat them," he said.
"There is a lot of confidence in the side, and we have already beaten teams from higher levels in the last four rounds. We can test ourselves against them
Burscough manager Derek Goulding with injured Mark Byrne