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Ewood Park
Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United
Saturday November 30th 2013, 3pm
Championship League
  Allan Caley
(Leeds United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I haven't attended an away Leeds game for over 30 years and decided to take my son to his first ever.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left Grimsby at 09:30am and it was very easy to park up the hill near the M56 junction on a street, arriving at 12:30.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went in the small Golden Cup pub for a drink till about 2:20pm. It was packed with about 400 Leeds fans both inside and out. There wasn't any trouble at all. Didn't see any Blackburn fans until we walked the short distance down the hill to the area around the ground. There was a large police presence and they looked on edge, but I saw no incidents.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

It was a fantastic view from the 4th row of the upper tier of the Darwen End, right behind the goal. the rest of the stadium looked good but it seemed almost empty. The Walker stand looks good but only had a couple of thousand in it. The Riverside was a third full and the Blackburn end was maybe 1/2 to 2/3rds full and quiet for much of the game.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game: well we had a great view of an abject performance by both teams really. The atmosphere was the highlight of the trip with 6,800+ Leeds fans there I lost my voice before the end of the game. The stewards were there; and that was about it. I didn't see any of them talking to anybody. We stood up the whole match so don't really know if the seats were too cramped. The queues for food were too long to join and the toilet facilities were good. The result: 1-0 to Blackburn, a draw would have been a fair result :-(

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very easy to leave the ground and getting back to the car was quick and we were back on the motorway within 20 minutes of the final whistle.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out, we'll do it again next year if we are still in the same division as them, and hope for a better result.

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