1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or not as
the case may be):
never been to Ewood Park, which is strange as I
have lived just down the road in Preston for over
11 years. The £10 entry and having a great mate
who supported Wednesday sealed it.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Got off the train at Mill Hill station. Anyone
coming into Blackburn from Preston would do well
to get off here. No more than a leisurely stroll
to the ground, passing several pubs where a
discrete away fan should be fine for a beer (not
sure what it would be like for the
Mancs/Scousers/Lillywhites/Burnley etc.. though).
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Wandering down to the ground we spotted plenty of
take aways and off-licenses. We headed to the away
ticket point to get our seats, and then were
directed straight up the main road to the 'away'
pub, the Fernhurst. It was just 3 minutes walk
away. However, they were charging £2 entry fee to
the bar, or there was an outside bar charging
£3.40 a pint of lager or £2.90 for ale! We headed
back towards the ground and were told by a
friendly doorman at the WMC (NOT for away fans) to
head back up the hill (past McDonalds) to any of
the pubs up there (there are 3 in short distance).
We went in to the White Horse, in which we had a
much more reasonably priced pint. The Fox and
Hounds, over the road from McDonalds, didn't look
all that friendly with door staff. There are
chippies and takeaways on the main road running
behind the Jack Walker stand.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The ground is modern and well
appointed, sharing a lot of similarities with
Anfield in that it is red brick and very much a
'square' ground as opposed to these modern bowl
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Beer and food available in the ground was spot on,
including these new fancy Guinness pints created
by sonic vibrations! Cracking pint for £3.20. For
a League Cup match the crowd was fairly poor, even
at £10 a ticket. The stewards were chatty, and I
had a really genuine football conversation with a
Celtic supporting bobby!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Rather hazy memories (the Guinness was good!) but
no problems, however the crowd was barely 10,000.
Got the late train back to Preston, again from
Mill Hill, managed to catch a late chippy on the
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out.
Glad to see teams making these early matches
affordable. Despite the awful football the people
and the situation of the ground would make this a
good day out for any fan. Another ticked off the