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
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
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
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!