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
descrete 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 take aways 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 similarites with
Anfield in that it is red brick and very much
a 'square' ground as opposed to these modern
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 Guiness 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
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Rather hazzy memories (the Guiness 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 route back.
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 list.