Blackburn Rovers v Leicester City
Dave Berridge (Leicester
1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or not
as the case may be):
This was to be my first trip to Ewood Park. A
first visit to a ground always makes it more
exciting. I use the Football Ground Guide
website for guidance on parking & a pre
match pint etc.. but first visits give me a
kind of nervous excitement – will I find the
car parks? Have I made the right choice of
pub? Will the motorways be clear?.....the list
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Ewood Park is a really easy ground to find if
approaching from the M65 – basically one road
off the motorway. We drove around the area
looking at our pre chosen potential parking
and pub spots but eventually decided on
parking at The Golden Cup pub just by the M65
bridge. This is about a mile from the ground
but we based our decision on being informed
that the roads immediately around Ewood Park
would we blocked off for a while after the
game. On walking back (in the seriously heavy,
heavy rain) we saw no evidence of roads being
blocked – that said, the ground was probably
only half full.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We spent an hour at the Golden Cup pub before
the game. They offer limited parking at £5.00
– quite reasonable. There’s a good range of
beers and excellent service. This pub seemed
to be for away fans in the main but the odd
friendly Blackburn face was also on show.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
The redevelopment of the ground in the 90s’
still looks quite fresh on approaching the
Darwen end for away fans. Once inside the
stadium the ground has a quaint feel to it
with trees visible in the open corner sections
– a sort of larger version of Shrewsburys' old
Gay Meadow ground in some ways?
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
A combination of Rovers playing very badly and
Leicester playing very well leads me to quote
the old phrase “We were robbed!” The assistant
ref disallowed a perfectly good goal for The
Foxes which would, I’m sure, have seen Rovers
off at the time of happening. Where we
certainly were not robbed is in the catering
department! I had a steak & pepper pie and
a coffee at half time. Both reasonably priced
and both, without a doubt, the best quality
pie and coffee I’ve had in 35 years of
visiting football grounds!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Once we’d walked the mile back to the car in
the relentless rain that had started on our
arrival in Blackburn and continued all
afternoon, we had a good get away, accessing
the M65 easily. One or two taunts from some
young Rovers fans accompanied our walk to the
car but nothing sinister!
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I enjoyed the day, despite the result. I’d
definitely return – not least of all for the