1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or not as
the case may be):
Blackburn are fairly local, which makes the game a
small derby, so it promised to be an exciting
fixture with a good atmosphere. Ewood Park is a
traditional football ground, giving it that
special feel to match the occasion.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We got the train to Preston, where we quickly
changed onto another train heading for Mill Hill
Station. Mill Hill is around 10 minute walk from
Ewood, making it very easy to get to by rail. Mill
Hill is much closer than the main Blackburn Train
Station. The train from Preston to Mill Hill was
small, with only two carriages, which made for a
tight squeeze due to the number of football fans
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
After getting off the train and walking to the
stadium, we had over an hour and a half to spare.
We walked 10 minutes past the away end in order to
drink at the only designated away pub. This is The
Golden Cup. The pub is very small, meaning queues
for ale were outside the door. None of the four or
so pubs around Ewood accept away fans.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The concourse serves good food and drink. However,
it is fairly tight when busy, made rather
uncomfortable by the Bolton fans having a disco!
Ewood Park is a proper English ground with plenty
of character. The small Riverside Stand to the
right of the away end may be seen as unappealing
by some, however I believe it adds to the
character of the ground.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Around 3,500 Bolton fans made the trip and made a
good amount of noise. A number of home fans are
housed in the same stand as the away fans, and
they provided a good amount of banter with us.
They carried on all game which gave us something
to compete with, which led to a cracking
The opposite end to us seemed like the 'main home
area' with this being the busiest, and loudest
section when they sang. The rendition of 'No Nay
Never' at the start of the second half was
We massively dominated the game, and were 2-0 up
with twenty minutes left. Rovers played dreadfully
all game but manged to pull a late goal back.
Thankfully, we saw the game out and took the 1-2
victory back to The Reebok with us. The game was
feisty, full of passion, great entertainment and
most importantly gave us three valuable points in
a competitive division.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Leaving the Darwen End was rather intimidating as
home and away fans spilled out together, this
being in the darkness due to the 7:45 kick off.
With Bolton fans happy, and the home fans not so,
there were a few scuffles. This appeared to only
be from a minority of home fans, and the police
swiftly resolved the situation. We arrived back at
the station 15 minutes after leaving Ewood, where
we had a friendly conversation with a group of
Blackburn fans who were friendly and welcoming.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Blackburn is a great away trip, easily accessible
and on the whole a friendly place. The home fans
provided one of the best atmospheres in the league
which made this trip more entertaining than the
others I have been to this season. My only
criticisms would be the away pub due to it's small
size, the cramped concourse, and the seats
appeared to have little leg room, which wasn't an
issue as we didn't sit down all game! I will
definitely return next season if we both remain in