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Olive Grace Mee

Post by ClaretTony » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:26 am

Born 16 weeks prematurely - now six weeks old and still in hospital. During this time her dad has fronted up for Burnley on Project Restart and the BLM campaign, he's fronted up following the incident at the Etihad, he's captained the side and turned in two colossal performances.

My best wishes to Olive Grace and her mum and dad.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by jedi_master » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:31 am

God bless the Mee family.

Ben is an absolute rock for this club, what an unbelievable signing he has been.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by IanMcL » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:32 am

We can all second that.

Thank you Ben and every good wish.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Vintage Claret » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:33 am

I wondered what the rocking arms gesture from Ben was about after he'd scored.

All best wishes go to little Olive Grace, her parents and family.

We're lucky to have Ben at our club, and not just because he's a brilliant defender.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Rileybobs » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:34 am

Thought I saw the baby rock goal celebration. A Burnley legend. All the best to the Mee family.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Buxtonclaret » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:34 am

Best wishes to Ben & all the family. 8-)

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Funkydrummer » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:34 am

He is the absolute epitome of what this club and Dyche is all about.

Thank you Ben, and I wish you all the very best with your family issues.

Long may you reign.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by martin_p » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:47 am

I have to say I had my doubts that he was right for the captaincy role. How very, very wrong I was.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by clansman » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:03 am

What an emotional time it must have been for him combined with training , preparing for restart, playing 3 games in a week. All the time thinking of his tiny daughter and her fight for life.
What a captain and what a guy!
Good luck Olive and the Mee family.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Dyched » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:07 am

He’s a good man. I couldn’t care less about his football ability after last Monday. Came across as a top man, and he’s into his music too.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by woody » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:09 am

My very best wishes to Olive Grace. As the commentators said last night Ben Mee is a real leader of men, a captain in everything he does. When you look around The Premier League and football in general at some of the prima donnas and players who think that they are more important than they are we should be very very proud that Ben Mee is captain of our Club !
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Caballo » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:12 am

Must have been incredibly difficult, under the Covid rules would he have even been allowed to visit?

Good luck and best wishes to all three of you.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Jakubs Tash » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:18 am

We are very lucky to have Ben Mee as our captain. Even more impressed with the performances he has put in since the restart with his newly born daughter still in hospital. Hopefully it won't be long before mum and dad have her home.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Silkyskills1 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:05 am

A giant of a man. No whinging, no excuses just total commitment to his chosen profession and no doubt his family. I don't know his contract situation but we need to get him.signed in for.more years here. He 'gets' Burnley Football Club. A great role model and ambassador for the club.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Zlatan » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:16 am

I had no idea, but that's the measure of the man too - it's not in the public domain like it would be for many other celebs. Ben Mee has always been a legend in my eyes, from that goal line clearance with his face (and earlier); right up to the goal last night - gives his all every game.

I truly wish him well and hope Olive Grace has a long and prosperous life.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Gordaleman » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:18 am

How times change. I remember people on here slagging Ben off when he conceded a couple of penalties because of his commitment in the box. (I wasn't one of them.)

Ben Mee has been absolutely brilliant for Burnley and has been my favourite outfield player for years. Now, I think maybe he's my all round number one, even beating Tom Heaton.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by ecc » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:12 pm

I had no idea either. It's best it's not all over the Internet (except on UTC).

All thoughts and prayers with Olive and her parents.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Gordaleman » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:19 pm

Just wondering. I wonder if all this fantastic publicity Ben has had recently will influence Sarfgate to give him a game at last?

I can't think of anyone more deserving, as his football is speaking as loudly as his interviews.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by nil_desperandum » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:43 pm

The girl's obviously a "fighter" (like her dad), and I doubt she could wish for a better father.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by ksrclaret » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:46 pm

Wow. How on earth has Ben Mee been able to perform to such a high standard with that going on. I am lost for words.

I wish Ben and his daughter all the health, happiness and love in the world.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by bfcjg » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:47 pm

I rate him so highly, very underated and brings out the very best in those around him. Lets tie him down and TBH I can see him managing us, he is Dyche like in his qualities, leadership and tactical nouse
Oh and Ben is a better footballer.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Noblelight » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:54 pm

God bless them all x

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Vino blanco » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:01 pm

In the last few weeks he has gone from being Burnley's captain to a much admired man in the football world. I am delighted his young daughter, like her dad, is a fighter, my best wishes to the Mee family. He is the epitome of what makes Burnley FC a special club in my eyes.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by DAVETHEVICAR » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:02 pm

Wow , what a top guy and Captain Fantastic , Ben is.
My Best Wishes to Olive Grace and her Mum and Dad and all her Family and hope she is back home soon.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by huw.Y.WattfromWare » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:13 pm

Best wishes to all the Mee family for a long and happy future together.
Nothing to add on the man, it’s all been said. So glad we have him.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by KateR » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:42 pm

all the very best wishes to my favorite player and his family, life should be good in the Mee household right now, long may it continue
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Vegas Claret » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:46 pm

he briefly talked about his daughter during his interview last night (official site for those that haven't seen it).

Make no mistake, Mee should go down as one of our greatest for everything that he does on and off the pitch

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Rowls » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:58 pm

Best wishes to Ben Mee and his family. He has been outstanding for us and continues to be.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Cajun » Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:56 pm

Had no idea about this until the goal celebration and match report. Full of admiration for him as a person, a captain and a player. Amazing that he has been able to balance everything that's been going on in recent weeks. Wishing health and happiness to Ben and his family.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by FCBurnley » Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:59 pm

I can’t imagine having a daughter born 16 weeks premature. That has to be so scary. Then add to that it being in the middle of a pandemic. Then throw in all the banner crap. My first daughter was born premature and was in hospital for 2 weeks and I thought that was bad. Ben Mee you are an absolute rock star and deserve all the success in the world. Looking forward to seeing Olive Grace in her Dads arms at Turf Moor very soon. Hugs and kisses from Florida
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by 1968claret » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:00 pm

What a player, what a man. If anyone represents What Burnley are about these last few years then it has to be Ben.
So proud to have this guy as captain of our football club.
All the best to Ben and his young family.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by fatboy47 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:14 pm

Ben's passionate response to the racist bile at the Etihad where he really stepped up to the plate and spoke for 99% of all Burnley fans, followed by 2 terrific displays in the last 2 games....whilst dealing with the emotional whirlpool of caring for a very sick wee girl...well it frankly oozes real class.. He's put himself a notch above the money grubbing narcissism of pro football today.

He can lead the clarets out of that tunnel until he needs a wheelchair for me.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by CnBtruntru » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:22 pm

Best wishes to Ben and family and to think with all that was already on his plate he has behaved like a true gentleman and absolute star over the last 3 games, he always gives his all whatever the circumstances, I have to say what an absolute role model to younger sports people and he will be a Legend at Burnley.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by SlidingTackle » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:34 pm

Incredibly (surprisingly so) moved by all of this.

So so so lucky to have the rounded characters we do representing our club.

Players like Trippier and Heaton (previously) and Tarkowski and Mee (and Rodriguez obviously, and hopefully Brownhill) are sufficiently local to 'get' East Lancashire and Burnley.

We are a squad comprised of decent people and well as decent players.

This is worth way, way more than a squad comprised of world class players who have very little class.

My now deceased mum was called Olive.

My eldest surprised us by arriving 4 weeks early.

She was tiny.

I can't even contemplate what it must be like to have a baby arrived so prematurely, and to all intents and purposes to the outside world just carry on as 'normal'.

That is some character.

All the very best Mee and family.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Burnley Ace » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:34 pm

He is our Horatio Cocles!
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Post by Stevie2112 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:20 pm

It is such a moving story.
My daughter gave birth to twins at 16 weeks premature,Ilythia and Grace. Grace only lived for six hours,but Ilythia is now nearing 8 years old.Hope Olivia keeps fightng for her life,as her Dad does for us so often.The man is such an ambassador for our club,and i'm sure we are all pleased he plays for us.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Swizzlestick » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:25 pm

My daughter was born 14 weeks premature and I was a total mess for the entirety of the time she was in hospital. How he has managed to lead this team, on and off the field, in the way he has utterly astonishes me. An absolute hero.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Walkerpool » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:31 pm

I'm sure that the fighting spirit we see in Ben will see this little angel get stronger god bless.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by burnmark » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:55 pm

As with others above, the news really struck a chord. Our second daughter was born just shy of ten weeks early. She was born at the start of the school Christmas holidays and started her spell in NICU. My headteacher allowed me to return to school after Christmas and start my Paternity Leave whenever she was discharged so that I could support at home.

I lasted a week. I just couldn’t concentrate on my job as my thoughts were obviously elsewhere. Mee has shown unbelievable strength of character here towards himself, his family, teammates and ourselves as supporters.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by kaptin1 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:00 pm

Mr Burnley! What a captain, what a player, what a man.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by SalisburyClaret » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:10 pm

My Daughter was born 20 weeks early and weighed 2lbs - she’s now 35 and considerably heavier. Best wishes to Ben and his family, Olive Grace is bound to be a fighter and she’s got an absolutely cracking Dad
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by joey13 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:48 pm

Thoughts with Ben and his family , inspiring

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Longsider » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:53 pm

Absolute legend. If you should read this all the best Ben.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by superdimitri » Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:14 am

I'm glad his decision making in the game is better than his decision making for his child's name, but then again, maybe he didn't have much say in it :lol:

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by CryerBFC » Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:03 am

Truly moving story and I can only echo the comments already posted on this board.

As a father myself, it hits a little different, knowing how he must be feeling, yet until the last day or two, no one really knew, tells a lot of Ben Mee’s character. How he has just got on with the restart, the performances, to come back as fit as pre lockdown, all requires such discipline in testing times and for that, I am glad he wears that armband.

I send every one of my best wishes to Olive Grace, Ben and family.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Zlatan » Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:12 am

SalisburyClaret wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:10 pm
My Daughter was born 20 weeks early and weighed 2lbs - she’s now 35 and considerably heavier. Best wishes to Ben and his family, Olive Grace is bound to be a fighter and she’s got an absolutely cracking Dad
20 weeks early...! Wow - miracle baby and huge for 20 weeks at 2lb too. Glad she survived though, it shows there’s hope for all prem babies

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Cubanclaret » Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:18 am

All the very best to the whole of the Mee household.
Hope you are all home soon.
And thanks for being such a terrific player and captain for us. Shown great leadership in recent weeks especially.

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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by Swizzlestick » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:05 am

SalisburyClaret wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:10 pm
My Daughter was born 20 weeks early and weighed 2lbs - she’s now 35 and considerably heavier. Best wishes to Ben and his family, Olive Grace is bound to be a fighter and she’s got an absolutely cracking Dad
I think there may be a little maths adjustment needed here or you need to contact the Guinness book of records!
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by IWOODLOVETT » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:26 am

I remember when Ben arrived at the Club with Tripps, seeing them both play in pre-season games at Torquay and Bristol Rovers. For me Ben was the stand out player and looked a class act even then. He has been a virtually ever-present player ever since and his style and standards have never dropped.

In my opinion he has made a major contribution not only to the recent successes of our beloved Club but also to the careers of his playing colleagues Keane, Tarks, Charlie Taylor, Nick Pope (and others) and yes also in another way to that of his manager.

From the time he stuck his head into the mix to save a goal at Reading right up to his MoM display on Monday Ben Mee is one of my all-time greats who have pulled on a claret and blue shirt.

Thanks Ben and my best wishes go out to you and your family.
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Re: Olive Grace Mee

Post by SalisburyClaret » Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:35 pm

Swizzlestick wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:05 am
I think there may be a little maths adjustment needed here or you need to contact the Guinness book of records!
Its was fairly uncommon at the time but these days 20-23 week babies are often seen as viable, depending on the attitudes of the Doctors and Parents

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