Ben Mee On Facing Former Club
Ben Mee admitis facing Manchester City for the first time back in December was an odd feeling having grown up supporting and playing for the blues.
Now firmly established as a Premier League defender with the Clarets, Mee made just one senior appearance with City but was the skipper of the 2008 FA Youth Cup triumph along with fellow Burnley team-mate Kieran Trippier.
He will face the Blues for the second time this Saturday and is expecting a tough test against the champions. Mee says coming from a family of City fans, this fixture will always cause mixed emotions for his relatives and friends.
Mee was still a Manchester City player at the start of the 2011/12 campaign before joining the clarets on loan, the Blues then went on to win their first Premier League title the following May.
Mee made his season-long loan deal with Burnley permanent halfway through that season, but was at the Etihad for the epic title winning game against QPR.
Speaking about the game this weekend Ben Mee said, “Yeah it was a strange feeling to go back with and play against City in December, but it was a great day and I really enjoyed it.
Obviously, I’ve come a long way since I was at City but it was a great experience to play in front of a full house and it was a really good result for us to come back from two goals down to earn a draw.
The last time I played at the Etihad it was a reserve team game four years or so ago in front of a couple of hundred people so it was nice to finally play in front a full stadium.
These sort of games are the reason we wanted to get promoted to the Premier League. It should be a fantastic evening this weekend and obviously we’re looking to get a result out of it but City have some great players.
City have been a big part of my life and people still associate me at certain moments such as the 1-1 draw at Chelsea when I scored the equaliser. It didn’t enter my head at the time that Chelsea dropping points was helping Manchester City.
After the game I got a lot of texts from my friends and family saying thanks so it was a good day all round, especially for us to take a point at Stamford Bridge.
Sergio Aguero didn’t play in the game at the Etihad in December so it will be fantastic to be up against him on Saturday – he’s one of the best players to pull on a City shirt so it will be great experience and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”