Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers
Wednesday, November 28th,
Championship League, 7.45pm
1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or not
as the case may be):
Blackburn are fairly local, which makes the game
a small derby, so it promised to be an exciting
fixture with a good atmosphere. Ewood Park is a
traditional football ground, giving it that
special feel to match the occasion.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We got the train to Preston, where we quickly
changed onto another train heading for Mill Hill
Station. Mill Hill is around 10 minute walk from
Ewood, making it very easy to get to by rail.
Mill Hill is much closer than the main Blackburn
Train Station. The train from Preston to Mill
Hill was small, with only two carriages, which
made for a tight squeeze due to the number of
football fans piling on.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
After getting off the train and walking to the
stadium, we had over an hour and a half to
spare. We walked 10 minutes past the away end in
order to drink at the only designated away pub.
This is The Golden Cup. The pub is very small,
meaning queues for ale were outside the door.
None of the four or so pubs around Ewood accept
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The concourse serves good food and drink.
However, it is fairly tight when busy, made
rather uncomfortable by the Bolton fans having a
disco! Ewood Park is a proper English ground
with plenty of character. The small Riverside
Stand to the right of the away end may be seen
as unappealing by some, however I believe it
adds to the character of the ground.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Around 3,500 Bolton fans made the trip and made
a good amount of noise. A number of home fans
are housed in the same stand as the away fans,
and they provided a good amount of banter with
us. They carried on all game which gave us
something to compete with, which led to a
The opposite end to us seemed like the 'main
home area' with this being the busiest, and
loudest section when they sang. The rendition of
'No Nay Never' at the start of the second half
We massively dominated the game, and were 2-0 up
with twenty minutes left. Rovers played
dreadfully all game but manged to pull a late
goal back. Thankfully, we saw the game out and
took the 1-2 victory back to The Reebok with us.
The game was feisty, full of passion, great
entertainment and most importantly gave us three
valuable points in a competitive division.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Leaving the Darwen End was rather intimidating
as home and away fans spilled out together, this
being in the darkness due to the 7:45 kick off.
With Bolton fans happy, and the home fans not
so, there were a few scuffles. This appeared to
only be from a minority of home fans, and the
police swiftly resolved the situation. We
arrived back at the station 15 minutes after
leaving Ewood, where we had a friendly
conversation with a group of Blackburn fans who
were friendly and welcoming.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Blackburn is a great away trip, easily
accessible and on the whole a friendly place.
The home fans provided one of the best
atmospheres in the league which made this trip
more entertaining than the others I have been to
this season. My only criticisms would be the
away pub due to it's small size, the cramped
concourse, and the seats appeared to have little
leg room, which wasn't an issue as we didn't sit
down all game! I will definitely return next
season if we both remain in the Championship.