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Ewood Park
Blackburn Rovers v Swansea City

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, 3pm
  Premier League
Joseph Thomas
(Swansea City fan)

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 ground/car parking?

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 game. Talent!

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 impressed!

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 done, Blackburn!

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