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Rocky aiming for Apprentice crown

THE son of a former Whitby Town player who fired in the goals for the Blues is hoping to avoid being given the dreaded boot by Sir Alan Sugar.

Brian Andrews, was a combative midfielder for Whitby Town in the 1980s and now his son Rocky will feature on the next series of The Apprentice.

Rocky's brother Sonny also turned out on a number of occasions for Town last season.

Rocky (21), who owns the chain of Fatso's Filling Station sandwich shops, is this year's youngest candidate on the hit BBC show The Apprentice, which gets under way next week.

Former Whitby Town star Charlie Woodward remembered watching Rocky's dad Brian play for the club.

"He was signed from Nunthorpe in 1982 and made his debut against Crook Town but only played a couple of games before being sent back.

"Whitby manager Tony Lee then again signed him in the late eighties and he played a couple of seasons before he was forced to retire after a cruciate ligament injury.

"I remember him being a combative player and a nice bloke also.

"He was a boxing fanatic and named his sons after Rocky Marciano and Sonny Liston."

In total Brian played 56 times for the Blues, 13 times as substitute and scored 13 goals.

Rocky, a former Middlesbrough FC Academy footballer, will now fight it out against 14 other budding entrepreneurs, who all think they have what it takes to succeed in the 100,000 a year job.

Rocky, who lives with his parents in Chop Gate, has admitted to the programme makers that working for Sir Alan would mean him taking a drop in his salary.

But he is keen to make a name for himself, and said recently: "For me business is about hard work, attention to detail, being willing to make mistakes and learning from these mistakes."

Plans of pursuing a football career with Boro were dashed when he was diagnosed with arthritis at just 16.

He was, however, determined to be a success, and a year later, he set up his lucrative sandwich business, which now has 15 branches across the North-east.

Rocky continued to play football, and enjoyed a spell at Stokesley FC.

The series starts tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One.

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Call Whitby Gazette reporter Carl Gavaghan on (01947) 829914 or email: carl.gavaghan@yrnltd.co.uk