1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Lancashire Derby mainly but with both us and
Rovers surprisingly struggling to stay in the
Championship - us after a season of monumental
upheaval - this was a big one. Also, I for
one, was looking forward to giving Michael
"Voldemort" Appleton some stick after he defected
from us to Rovers, only for Rovers to sack him a
few days before the game. Spoilsports.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I decided against taking the car and went by train
instead. Poulton le Fylde to Preston was
fairly straightforward but Preston to Blackburn
was not. First of all, the loutish behaviour
of some of our fans was off putting and the train
journey to Blackburn was an insight into how
sardines must feel. Memo to self: Take
the car next time.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Had a drink in the Mill Hill and Haverstock pubs,
about a mile from Ewood, with friends before
making my way to the Darwen End. Rovers and
Seasiders happily mingling on the way to the
ground. I find Rovers fans very friendly and
always willing to chat about football.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Ewood Park, it has to be said, is too big for a
town the size of Blackburn. Rovers, like the rest
of the Lancashire clubs, do not have a big
catchment area of support to draw upon. However,
the facilities, policing - at Ewood itself - and
stewarding were excellent.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Rovers were totally dire and we weren't much
better either. Which was one of the reasons both
of us were at the bottom end of the Championship.
The game's main highlight was when one of our
fans, dressed as a chicken to take the urine out
of the Rovers support, was unfairly ejected from
the ground. Big Gary Mackenzie gave us the lead
midway through the second half before Jordan
Rhodes, despite being so offside he was in
Yorkshire, equalised for Rovers. Most of the
atmosphere came from us Seasiders as usual as I
thought the atmosphere from the Jack Walker,
Blackburn End and Riverside Stand was
funeral-like, to put it mildly. Fair result
in the end.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Walked back to Blackburn station only to be met by
a heavy handed Police who thought Blackpool fans
were intent on trouble. Given that we have a lot
of females and children amongst our support, I was
angry that they were put in such a situation. Felt
very uncomfortable with this and it so nearly
kicked off when one of our fans was arrested for
being drunk and disorderly. Glad to get home in
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Despite the result, both of us survived
comfortably in the end. But what should have been
a good day out, as it usually is when I go away
with Blackpool whatever the result, was spoilt by
Lancashire Police's Riot Squad- like tactics at
Blackburn station and the behaviour of some of our
fans which only exacerbated the situation.
Next time, I WILL take the car.