1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or not
as the case may be):
It promised to be a relegation battle between
both clubs and despite being new to the
Premier League, it was the smaller stadiums
like Ewood Park, that I was looking forward to
visiting more. I was also looking forward to
going to a game not supported by ‘glory
hunter’ and by local people who love their
club (despite the anti Steve Kean chants).
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I caught the train up from Cardiff, by myself
(after working a night shift!) at 07:55, went
via Bristol Parkway, Birmingham New Street and
Preston, and eventually arrived at Mill Hill
(Lancashire) Station shortly after mid-day. It
was about a 10 minute walk to the ground and
we mixed with a few Rovers fans as we strolled
along. They were a very pleasant bunch and a
good bit of banter was had too. Some of the
Rovers fans were saying they looking forward
to see what everyone had been saying about our
‘fantastic’ support and playing style.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
I met a few friends, but decided to avoid the
pubs in case they got a bit rowdy with home
protests against Steve Kean, so with us all
wearing our colours, decided to stay away. Had
a burger outside the ground and decided to go
up to the Aldi/McDonalds complex where we
found a Ladbrokes and put a few bets on a few
of the other matches being played – we’ve
learned to never bet on our own games!
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
Seemed a really nice ground to be fair, we
went into the club shop about an hour before
the game which was very impressive compared to
ours, I must say. Good atmosphere around the
stadium and the away end seemed to be good. A
bit of banter was had as the “Legends Lounge”
is situated at the Away End. A few ambitious
Swansea City fans thought they were
"Legendary" enough to enter, much to the
amusement of the Stewards who quickly escorted
them out with big smiles on their faces.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Rovers 4 Swansea 2. Not the best of games for
us. Unbelievable that the Rovers fans were
still chanting ‘Kean Out’ after Yakubu put
Rovers 4-2 up with a penalty! We went down to
ten men and overall, we couldn’t really
complain about anything. A few of our fans
were escorted out after banging on the sides
of the stand so I recommend nobody does that.
There was one particularly attractive female
steward who took my attention for most of the
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Easy enough getting back to Mill Hill station,
another few Rovers fans came up to me and
asked how I thought we’d played and what I
thought of the result. They were really nice,
to be fair. No mocking, no gloating. Very
honest, real fans. I must say I was very
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Despite the result, it was a very good trip on
the whole. I’d definitely recommend Ewood Park
to anyone. Good local fans supporting their
team and no trouble at all around the ground.
8/10 overall. One of the better away days so
far this season! (Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City,
Norwich, Liverpool, Wolves and Shrewsbury,
being the others we’ve done so far). Well