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Ewood Park
Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday 12th September 2009, 3pm
Premier League
Pete Lowe

(Wolves fan)

The mighty Wolves were back in the Premier League and I was looking forward to another trip to Ewood Park, not least because the last time I visited we leaked 5 goals and the reality hit home that it would be a long hard season.

Attended the game with my two daughters aged 14 and 12 and my 77 year old father…my other mate followed with his two kiddies following an unexpected drop off at the local A&E department with potential meningitis!! We set off with expectations of a fighting performance and a potential hard earned point!

The journey up on the M6 was nothing short of a nightmare following a lorry fire…we set off at 10.30am in expectation of getting a couple of pints of northern ale and diet cokes down our throats but as we didn't park the car until 2.15 we had to make do with a lukewarm hotdog (£2.50 just outside away end…adequate).

We parked at an old school at the top of the hill and paid £5 for the honour, its around a 10 minute brisk walk passing The Bear public house and the Fernhurst.

Wolves fans were housed in the upper tier of the Darwen End and after navigating several hundred steps to get to the upper tier the view from our position was unfortunately excellent. (Unfortunately as although several thousand Wolves fans had turned up in full voice and full of passion the 11 players on the pitch didn't turn up at all putting in an abject performance for the first time this season and comfortably being beaten). This believe me is not an accusation we have been able to table at a McCarthy Wolves team very often.

Whilst Wolves fans were in full voice for most of the game, Blackburn fans were surprisingly subdued, even when three nil up they could only whimper.

Blackburn fans we met before and after the game were extremely hospitable and we spoke to a number outside the Bear Public house after the game where we stopped off enroute to the car.

Because we stopped back for 30minutes or so sampling the local beer we had missed most of the traffic and we travelled home without incident.

Although Ewood Park once again gave me a cruel reminder into the realities of Premier League football, the fans are welcoming and quiet, the pub is excellent and the ground gives a much better view for away supporters than many.

That being said I hope that next season the Wolves are in the premier league so that I can give this game a miss…8 goals in two visits does not sit well!! Many more of these occasions and my kids will be requesting a Man Utd top for Xmas to be like their mates and escape school yard ridicule!

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