Blackburn Rovers

Ewood Park

Capacity: 31,367 (all seated)
Address: Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4JF
Telephone: 0871 702 1875
Fax: 01254 671 042
Ticket Office: 0871 222 1444
Pitch Size: 115 x 76 yards
Club Nickname: Rovers
Year Ground Opened: 1890
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Dafabet
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit: Blue and White
Away Kit: Turquoise and Black

External View
External View
Bryan Douglas Stand & Jack Walker Stands
Bryan Douglas Stand & Jack Walker Stands
Ronnie Clayton End & Riverside Stand
Ronnie Clayton End & Riverside Stand
Bryan Douglas Stand
Bryan Douglas Stand
Ronnie Clayton End
Ronnie Clayton End
Jack Walker Statue
Jack Walker Statue

The ground is quite impressive, having had three new large stands built during the 1990's. These stands are at both ends and at one side of the ground. They are of the same height and of roughly similar design, being two tiered, having a row of executive boxes and similar roofs. The ends are particularly impressive, both having large lower tiers. The only downside is the open corners, although there is a huge screen at one corner by the away end, which shows an excellent pre-match programme and amongst other things, the teams emerging from the dressing rooms and onto the pitch. There is also an electric scoreboard at the Bryan Douglas Darwen End of the ground. 

The Riverside is the only undeveloped stand, running down one side of the pitch. This is a smaller single tiered stand and is not as pleasing to the eye as its more modern counterparts. In fact it looks older than what it is having been opened in 1988. It contains a fair number of supporting pillars and is partly covered (to the rear). Just to highlight how much the ground has changed, this was at one time the 'best' stand at Ewood Park. One other interesting feature of the ground, is the fact that the pitch is raised. This means that players have to run up a small incline, whilst taking throw-ins and corners. Outside the stadium behind the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End there is a statue of former club owner Jack Walker.

There are plans to re-develop the Riverside Stand, but there are no firm time scales as to when this is likely to take place. The proposed new stand will increase the capacity at Ewood park to around 40,000.

Away fans are housed in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End, where the facilities provided are good. However, the spacing between the rows of seats leaves a lot to be desired, being quite tight. The Darwen End is shared with home supporters, but if demand requires it the whole of the stand can be made available. Normally the away allocation is for three quarters of the stand, at just under 4,000 tickets, which are split between the whole of the upper tier and part of the lower tier (with the lower tier being allocated first). If you have not bought a ticket in advance, then you need to buy one from the away supporters ticket office at the ground as you can't pay on the turnstiles. The ticket office is located on the corner of the Darwen End & the Jack Walker Stand. 

On the concourse the food available includes; Pies (Chicken Balti, Peppered Steak, Potato and Meat, Cheese and Onion all £2.50), Pasties (£2.40), Sausage Rolls (£2.10) and Hot Dogs (£3.10). The pies and other baked products are made by the Clayton Park company, located nearby in Accrington. The refreshment areas are opened 90 minutes before kick off and close 15 minutes into the second half. If you are looking to eat something prior to entering the ground, then there is a baker in Bolton Road selling hot pies from one of its windows. Across the Bolton Road by the home end is a McDonalds, which I noticed had a walk through service for fans! I found the Blackburn fans both friendly and helpful, plus coupled with the relaxed stewarding, has made it so far for me, four pleasant visits to Ewood Park.'

The closest pub to Ewood Park that away supporters can use is the Fernhurst pub on Bolton Road, which is only a five minute walk from the visitors turnstiles. Now part of the Hungry Horse chain, it quickly fills up on matchdays and once full no further fans are allowed entry, until people leave. John Chadbourne a visiting Nottingham Forest supporter recommends Uncle Jacks on Branch Road; 'It welcomes away fans, has an excellent selection of beers, cask ales as well as some brilliant pies. It is only a ten minute walk from the ground'.

There is the Golden Cup pub which is further on past the Fernhurst (going away from the ground) on Bolton Road and is tucked in by the motorway bridge. However this Thwaites pub is quite small, gets rather crowded and it is a good 20 minute (mostly uphill) trek from Ewood Park. It is friendly though and also offers a range of pies. On the other side of the motorway on the same road going further away from Ewood Park towards Darwen is the Anchor Hotel, which is also frequented by away fans.

Just around the corner from the entrance to Blackburn Railway Station is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Postal Order. Alcohol is also served within the ground in the form of; Fosters (£3.50 pint), John Smith's (£3.50 pint), Bulmers Cider (£2.70 bottle) and Wine (£3.90 small bottle). The Club offer two pints of lager or bitter for £6.70. You can even have them served in a two pint pot!

From The North

Use Motorway M6 to junction 30, to the M61 - leave junction 9 then onto the M65 towards Blackburn - leave the M65 at Junction 4 (A666) and follow signs towards Blackburn. Ewood Park is about 1 mile down the road on the right hand side.

From The South

Use Motorway M6 to junction 29, then onto the M65 towards Blackburn - leave the M65 at Junction 4 (A666) and follow signs towards Blackburn. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights and Ewood Park is about 1 mile down the road on the right hand side.

From The East

Use Motorway M62 onto M66/A56, then onto the M65, head towards Blackburn - leave the M65 at Junction 4 (A666) and follow signs towards Blackburn. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights and Ewood Park is about 1 mile down the road on the right hand side.

Car Parking

Various private car parks are available in the area around the ground, costing in the region of £5. If you want to get away reasonably quickly after the game (the roads immediately around Ewood are closed off for crowd safety for around 30 minutes after the game) then as you come down the hill on the A666, you will pass a paetrol garage on your left. Turn right at the next traffic lights into Branch Road and down on your left there are some industrial units offering matchday parking. After the game turn left out of the car parks, so that you are going away from Ewood, turn right at the second mini roundabout and this will take you back up to the M65.

Post Code for SAT NAV: BB2 4JF

The closest station is Mill Hill which is a around a 15 minute walk away from Ewood Park. It is served by trains from Blackburn and the journey only takes a few minutes. Blackburn station itself is at least a couple of miles from the ground and hence a good 25-30 minute walk away. Blackburn station is served by trains from Manchester & Leeds.

Tony Durkin adds; 'The main doors to the railway station face the bus station, from where you can take a either a Number 1, 3 or 225 bus (the latter goes from Stand N) bus to Ewood. To walk it to the ground instead, turn left at those main doors and go straight on towards Darwen Street. Turn left and you will reach a major junction over which runs a railway bridge (Darwen Street Bridge), which is impossible to miss. Crossing over the road as soon as you turn left onto Darwen Street will be a help, as when you get to the junction you need to follow the road towards Bolton. It is called Great Bolton Street after the bridge and then becomes Bolton Road. Follow this straight along for just over a mile (passing the Infirmary on your left and the canal on the right). After you go under another railway bridge, the ground is down on your left just after you pass the Aqueduct pub (for home fans only)'.

Tony Hughes informs me; 'Blackburn station is only a three minute ride away from Mill Hill. On arriving at Mill Hill walk up the steps from the platform and turn left onto New Chapel Street. Continue along New Chapel Street passing a shopping area and park. With the Spar supermarket on the opposite side of the road from you, turn left into New Wellington Street. Continue down New Wellington Street until you come to a small bridge that crosses over the Leeds Liverpool canal. You are now on Albion Street there is a large mill building on the left and a small school on the right. Walk along Albion Street to the end, and you will find yourself on Livesey Branch Road. Turn Left onto this road, and you will be able to see the football stadium in front of you at the foot of the hill'.

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Like a number of Clubs, Blackburn operate a match category policy (A+, A, B & C) whereby the ticket prices cost more for the most popular games. Category A, B & C prices are shown below in brackets:

Home Fans:
Jack Walker Stand (Centre): Adults £38 (A £30) (B £26) (C £26 )
OAP's/Students £31 (A £26) (B £23) (C £23 ), Juniors £16 (A £13) (B £11) (C £11)
Jack Walker Stand (Wings): Adults £36 (A £28) (B £23) (C £21)
OAP's/Students £26 (A £18) (B £16) (C £14 ),  Juniors £13 (A £8) (B £6) (C £5 )
Riverside Stand: Adults £27 (A £21) (B £17) (C £12)
OAP's/Students £18 (A £13) (B £11) (C £9), Juniors £13 (A £8) (B £6) (C £5)
Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End: 
Adults £33 (A £26) (B £21) (C £15)
OAP's/Students £23 (A £16) (B £13) (C £11), Juniors £13 (A £8) (B £6) (C £5)
Brian Douglas Darwen End: 
Adults £33 (A £26) (B £21) (C £15)
OAP's £23 (A £16) (B £13) (C £11), Juniors £13 (A £8) (B £6) (C £5)

Away Fans:
Bryan Douglas Darwen End:
Adults £33 (A £26) (B £21) (C £15)
OAP's/Students £23 (A £16) (B £13) (C £11), Juniors £13 (A £8) (B £6) (C £5)

Official Programme £3
4000 Holes Fanzine £1 

Burnley, Bolton, Preston, Manchester United, Manchester City.

Record Attendance

62,522 v Bolton Wanderers, FA Cup 6th Round, March 2nd 1929. 

Modern All Seated Attendance Record: 30,895 v Liverpool Premier League, February 24th, 1996.

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 14,912 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 14,962 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 14,997 (Championship League)

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Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunday January 11th 2015, 2pm
Championship League
Aimee Henry (Wolves fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I'd never been to Ewood Park before, and after a terrible set of results in November, the Wolves had just hit a bit of decent form, so I fancied us to possibly get a result. This was despite our best player Bakary Sako being unavailable because he was off to play in the African Cup of Nations. The 2pm Sunday Kick-Off (thanks Lancashire Police!) did make it a slightly more difficult away day, but I still wanted to go. After rounding up a party of people to travel with (my dad and my brother, essentially), it was just a case of getting tickets. Which at £21, I thought was very reasonable, especially compared to some away games we have been to so far this season (*cough cough* £36 at Leeds *cough cough*).

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We went on the club's official coaches, as on this occasion it worked out as the cheapest option. Usually I'll go on the train and split the journey, but for some reason I still couldn't get a train ticket cheaper than the £17 cost of the bus. The journey took about 2 hours 10 minutes; we left Molineux at 10am and arrived at Ewood Park at 12:10pm. The ground did seem to be on a fairly straight road from the M65, so I'd suggest it's fairly easy to get to. There was plenty of car parking space, I noticed at least 3 decent sized car parks on my way there, all reasonably close to the stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I had a little walk around the ground, then got chatting to a couple of Blackburn fans. They were very happy to chat, but weren't feeling too confident ahead of the game. I noticed quite a few places to eat around the ground, so you certainly won't go hungry or thirsty!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground is a decent size, with three large stands and one slightly smaller one on the far side. The away and home ends look identical. One nice touch I noticed was that in the space between the away end and the Main Stand, there was a pictorial history of Blackburn on the wall. Being a Wolves fan, the history of a club is always something I'm interested in, so seeing Blackburn's pride in what they've achieved was great to see. More clubs should do that. Like Molineux, Ewood Park also has a statue to honour one of its former greats. Not a player, like Billy Wright, or Wolves manager, like Stan Cullis, but an owner. Jack Walker was a local lad done good, who invested millions into the club, and saw them win the Premier League in 1994-1995. Speaking to a couple of Blackburn fans stood by the statue left me in no doubt as to how respected and revered Jack was to the people of Blackburn.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc...

The game itself was, as our manager Kenny Jackett later described, "A typical Championship game". Neither side could really dominate the first half, nor break the deadlock. Whilst Wolves probably shaded possession, Blackburn had the two most presentable chances. Ben Marshall's fizzing free kick was superbly saved by Carl Ikeme, whilst Rudy Gestede powered a header just wide from 12 yards. At the other end, Nouha Dicko's low drive very nearly squirmed into the near post, and skipper Danny Batth's towering header was cleared off the line. 0-0 at Half Time was about fair.

Second half though, the game really opened up, and the more expansive play really suited the pacey Wolves attackers. We took the lead right at the start of the half, some excellent work from Dicko finding 'Dangerous' Dave Edwards, who turned inside Grant Hanley before firing into the bottom corner. After that it was all Wolves. Dicko thumped the bar with an effort, Edwards twice slid in but couldn't convert low crosses from James Henry then Rajiv Van La Parra, whilst Batth again came close with a header, this time though his effort from 6 yards missed the target. Blackburn's best chance of an equaliser came when Richard Stearman comically headed against his own post. Late on substitute Josh King found a yard of space and hit the target, only to be denied smartly by Ikeme. Wolves held on though for an impressive win, to take their run to 3 straight League wins. 1-0 makes the game sound a little mundane, but as the ever astute Jackett pointed out, most games in the Championship are decided by this sort of margin. But for a 'Nightmare November', as I've christened it, we could quite easily be challenging at the table's summit. As it was, the three points took Wolves to 8th, and within a point of the play-off places.

I thought the atmosphere was a little subdued at times. Ewood Park was by no means full, the fact that it was just after Christmas, and 2pm on a Sunday perhaps contributing to a lower than usual gate. The home fans got behind their team occasionally, but the loudest chant was aimed at their manager Gary Bowyer. "You don't know what you're doing.." echoed round the ground as he replaced the threatening Gestede with Chris Brown (the former Doncaster striker, rather than the R&B star and Rihanna's one time squeeze). The away end was split between home and away fans, which as you can imagine led to some banter between the two. One particular group of surly youths, resplendent in trackies and trainers, copped some frightful stick from my fellow Wolves fans as they walked out early. "You've got school in the morning, school in the morning!” followed by "You're just a (rude word) One Direction!” One day I'll be witty enough to start a chant, for now though I'll just join in and point.

The stewards did their jobs effectively, without getting involved. It's always good fun when you have a numbered ticket, because when showing you to your seat, stewards often assume you can't count. "You're in seat 96 love, so there's 90, it will be 6 along".  Well, that's usually how numbers work, thanks. All joking aside, they were very friendly. The food was your usual football ground fayre- pies, burgers, hot dogs. You can gain calories just looking at the menu. I had a marvelous 'Peppered' Steak Pie though, I really recommend it. On a cold Lancashire afternoon it was perfect. Notice how I've put the Peppered part in inverted commas though, because it was very peppery! It took me until the following Tuesday to get some of my taste buds working again. 

I often read horror stories about the male toilets at football grounds, the sort that make me glad to be a girl. The female toilets tend to be well maintained, and Ewood Park was no exception. The concourse was actually very spacious I felt, and even at Half Time when everybody was down there you could just about walk round without knocking into people too badly.

The programme was excellent, and whilst £3 is about the going rate these days, I was more than happy to pay. If you can pick your way through the adverts there were some excellent articles, including what looks like a season-long feature on the 1994-1995 Premier League winning side.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very easy, the coaches were parked at the back of the away end, so a 2 minute walk from the stand to the warmth of the coach, and after a 10 minute wait we were off. The journey home was accompanied by 5 Live's commentary of Southampton beating Man Utd at Old Trafford, followed by the usual collection of nutters phoning up 606. To listen to some of them, it's amazing they've worked out how to use a telephone to ring up, honestly.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Obviously a win always makes those away days feel sweeter, but I did really enjoy my trip to Ewood Park. It has the feel of a modern stadium, but one that's very much in touch with its past. Blackburn's fans were very accommodating and friendly, and whilst the atmosphere wasn't the greatest, I can imagine when it's full for those thunderous Lancashire derbies, that it can get very raucous.

Blackburn Rovers v Cardiff City
Championship League
Friday August 8th 2014, 7.45pm
Jonathan Pearce (Cardiff City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

This was Cardiff's opening game of the 2014/15 season. Plus it was to be my first away game unaccompanied, as previously I have always gone with my Dad.  So I was looking forward to meeting up with my mates for the day out in the North West.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I traveled up on the supporters bus from Cardiff. It was a Friday night game and we left at about 12:30pm. The traffic was a nightmare and it took us about 6 and 1/2 hours to get there, literally getting there five minutes before kick off. Still we did better than a lot of other Cardiff fans, who I noted were still coming into the ground at half time! 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

As I said we only had a few minutes before the game, so it was straight into the stadium, although a few of the home fans gave a lot of banter on the way which was good.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Pretty much the same as a lot of grounds with four separate stands. Three of them were modern looking with one older stand located on one side. I did note that eventhough the away end was pretty modern, there was not much room to walk or move in, between the rows.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The stewards were very good with us all. Plus the atmosphere was also very good, with both sets of fans with us being side by side in the same stand. However, the facilities weren't brilliant as there was no organised queuing system on the concourse and the serving staff had little space to work in. Which meant it took me a good 20 minutes to get served at half time. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game it was very easy getting away from the ground on the coach, as the police gave us an escort away from the stadium and back into the motorway. There were no traffic problems on the way back. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The day was very enjoyable, after we finally arrived there after a gruelling journey. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, so at least we picked up a point. Both teams put in good performances although Cardiff seemed to run out of steam a bit in the second half. I'm normally not one to have a got at the, referee but there were some very questionable decisions throughout the match. But all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the day out.

Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United
Championship League
Saturday November 30th 2013, 3pm
Allan Caley (Leeds United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

I haven't attended an away Leeds game for over 30 years and decided to take my son to his first ever.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

We left Grimsby at 09:30am and it was very easy to park up the hill near the M56 junction on a street, arriving at 12:30.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

We went in the small Golden Cup pub for a drink till about 2:20pm. It was packed with about 400 Leeds fans both inside and out. There wasn't any trouble at all. Didn't see any Blackburn fans until we walked the short distance down the hill to the area around the ground. There was a large police presence and they looked on edge, but I saw no incidents.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

It was a fantastic view from the 4th row of the upper tier of the Darwen End, right behind the goal. the rest of the stadium looked good but it seemed almost empty. The Walker stand looks good but only had a couple of thousand in it. The Riverside was a third full and the Blackburn end was maybe 1/2 to 2/3rds full and quiet for much of the game.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

The game: well we had a great view of an abject performance by both teams really. The atmosphere was the highlight of the trip with 6,800+ Leeds fans there I lost my voice before the end of the game. The stewards were there; and that was about it. I didn't see any of them talking to anybody. We stood up the whole match so don't really know if the seats were too cramped. The queues for food were too long to join and the toilet facilities were good. The result: 1-0 to Blackburn, a draw would have been a fair result :-(

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Very easy to leave the ground and getting back to the car was quick and we were back on the motorway within 20 minutes of the final whistle.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

A great day out, we'll do it again next year if we are still in the same division as them, and hope for a better result.

Blackburn Rovers v Blackpool
Championship League
Friday March 29th 2013, 3pm
Michelle-Louise Burrows (Blackpool fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Lancashire Derby mainly but with both us and Rovers surprisingly struggling to stay in the Championship - us after a season of monumental upheaval - this was a big one.  Also, I for one, was looking forward to giving Michael "Voldemort" Appleton some stick after he defected from us to Rovers, only for Rovers to sack him a few days before the game.  Spoilsports.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I decided against taking the car and went by train instead.  Poulton le Fylde to Preston was fairly straightforward but Preston to Blackburn was not.  First of all, the loutish behaviour of some of our fans was off putting and the train journey to Blackburn was an insight into how sardines must feel.  Memo to self:  Take the car next time.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Had a drink in the Mill Hill and Haverstock pubs, about a mile from Ewood, with friends before making my way to the Darwen End. Rovers and Seasiders happily mingling on the way to the ground. I find Rovers fans very friendly and always willing to chat about football.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Ewood Park, it has to be said, is too big for a town the size of Blackburn. Rovers, like the rest of the Lancashire clubs, do not have a big catchment area of support to draw upon. However, the facilities, policing - at Ewood itself - and stewarding were excellent.  

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Rovers were totally dire and we weren't much better either. Which was one of the reasons both of us were at the bottom end of the Championship. The game's main highlight was when one of our fans, dressed as a chicken to take the urine out of the Rovers support, was unfairly ejected from the ground. Big Gary Mackenzie gave us the lead midway through the second half before Jordan Rhodes, despite being so offside he was in Yorkshire, equalised for Rovers. Most of the atmosphere came from us Seasiders as usual as I thought the atmosphere from the Jack Walker, Blackburn End and Riverside Stand was funeral-like, to put it mildly.  Fair result in the end.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Walked back to Blackburn station only to be met by a heavy handed Police who thought Blackpool fans were intent on trouble. Given that we have a lot of females and children amongst our support, I was angry that they were put in such a situation. Felt very uncomfortable with this and it so nearly kicked off when one of our fans was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Glad to get home in the end.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the result, both of us survived comfortably in the end. But what should have been a good day out, as it usually is when I go away with Blackpool whatever the result, was spoilt by Lancashire Police's Riot Squad- like tactics at Blackburn station and the behaviour of some of our fans which only exacerbated the situation.  Next time, I WILL take the car.

Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United
Championship League
Saturday February 23rd 2013, 3pm
John Rogers (Leeds United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
A new ground for me and unusually, I was going to be on my own (other than in the company of 3500 other Leeds fans). I had seen Ewood Park many times on television and had not been particularly impressed, but the reality proved to be somewhat different.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey (M65 from West Yorkshire) was easy as I have regularly passed the signs for Ewood - J4 from the M65 - and on the A666. From the motorway junction the signage directs one down under the motorway bridge and the ground is at the bottom of the hill. Ewood Park is also within walking distance from the railway station.
 
Other reviews of Ewood directed drivers to one of a number of club-linked car parks or pub car parks, all of which charge between £5-£10. Personally, I think football is dear enough without adding unnecessarily to the overall cost (my ticket was £32, the price hiked by Blackburn in tit-for-tat retaliation for what Ken Bates had charged away fans at Elland Road). I was therefore pleased to find early arrival gave me a choice of on street parking: to the left of the Gold Cup pub (immediately under the motorway bridge) or on the main road after the traffic lights, leading down to Ewood Park. The walk to the ground took no more than 10 minutes.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
Having plenty of time before the game, I took the opportunity to add to my collection of stadium photographs. As kick-off approached there were plenty of Leeds fans around wearing colours with no suggestion of trouble. Watching the teams arrive home fans were quite happy to engage in conversation, perhaps partly due to the fact that we have had similar experiences in recent years (owners and managers we have not been happy with; performances failing to live up to expectations etc).
 
For those looking for a pub, the Golden Cup, just off the motorway, is designated for away fans.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
A statue of Jack Walker stands outside the Blackburn End and Ewood Park is now very much 'The House That Jack Built'. I suppose he was the ideal football club owner: a fan, with the money to build a successful side and a ground to match.
 
As with many traditional football ground locations, Ewood Park is flanked on one side by terraced housing, but on the other by a small river. The stand adjacent to the latter is somewhat incongruous, being a single tiered affair with pillars, whereas the other three stands are modern steel-and-glass and bigger than I had anticipated.
 
Inside, the ground is similarly modern: clean concourses (at least in the away end), great lines of sight and close to the pitch.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was reasonably entertaining, with Leeds looking the more likely scorers. It was therefore a surprise when it ended 0-0 - our first goalless draw in 50-odd games. The 3500 Leeds supporters easily outsang the 14500 home support who had perhaps lost their collective voice having eventually persuaded the owners that Steve Kean was not the man to take the club forward.
 
Stewards were polite and unobtrusive. Refreshments were typical unimaginative football fare and overpriced (£2.20 for a cup of tea). Toilets were clean but probably inadequate at half time after the quantity of beer that was presumably consumed before the game.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The police had a well-rehearsed procedure for handling the crowd after the game: much of the road immediately outside the ground was cordoned off to traffic. I had a ten minute walk back to the car, which I had parked close to the motorway, followed by a ten minute delay as departing coaches were given priority over side roads. Once on the motorway it was a clear run home on the M65.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Although the result was slightly disappointing, this was a great day out. I liked the fact that there was none of the faux atmosphere some clubs (e.g. Wigan) create to try to cover for the lack of noise coming from the crowd - we don't need that sort of Americanisation in football. But the main memory of the day was the people I came into contact with at Blackburn: home fans, stewards, programme sellers, ticket office- and catering staff were friendly and unusually (in my experience) courteous - a real credit to the club.


Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City
Championship League
Saturday February 2nd 2013, 3pm
Joe White (Bristol City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

Another new ground for me, had already earmarked this before the fixtures came out. Unfortunately we were drawn away to Blackburn in the 3rd round of the FA cup about a month prior to this so we did not take a big following to either ties (we took 567 in the cup). We'd taken 1,344 to Bolton towards the start of the season and would have taken at least this amount if we hadn't played Blackburn in the cup. One of the bigger grounds in the division and a ground I've seen on TV many times so I was looking forward to seeing my team play here. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

Easy, from the pub we went to (the Anchor on Blackburn Road) it was a straight road to the ground, albeit a fairly long one. We parked in a car park two minutes walk from the stadium for a fiver.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

Went to the Anchor which was the advised away fan friendly pub as the usual one (the Fernhurst) was closed. It is quite near to the exit off the motorway so perfect in that sense. Parked in pub car park along with a couple of minibuses and a coach full of city fans. Great pub inside (although no proper cider) - 2 pool tables, football on the TVs and darts. Quite a few city fans inside and a couple of Blackburn fans who seemed friendly. Got into the ground just before KO so not enough time to get a drink in the ground but was impressed to see were selling Kingston Press cider (which most city fans seemed to be drinking).

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Ground looked impressive from the outside and was good inside too. Three stands of similar description and all separate. One older stand along one side set slightly back from the pitch added character to the ground. Away concourse was small but plenty big enough for our small following. I did think how cramped in must be when Man United pack out the away end. The ground was less than half full so seemed a bit poor in that sense but got the feeling that a sell out crowd would make a fantastic atmosphere.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We lost 2-0 to two Jordan Rhodes goals. Atmosphere was quite good from the home fans - their bulk of singers stood in the same stand to our right. Must have been over 1000 who stood and sang throughout - some good banter. Their home end was heard once or twice when two nil up too although they were quiet (from where I was stood) for most the game and only had a few standing. We were poor as usual for our away support. Most sat but we still had 200 or so stood and sang up until midway through the second half. Stewards made no attempt to make anyone sit down which was good. A couple of city fans were ejected when they scored their first goal - unsure exactly why this was and it did look like one of the stewards punched a lad which meant a few fans rushed over to have a pop at them. All calmed down in a couple of minutes after some pushing and shoving.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Traffic was bad after the game. We crawled our  for about 20 minutes - soon as we got on motorway we were fine all the way back. Took about 3 1/2 hours travelling time by car.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Disappointing result but was impressed with the ground and their fans (relative to some other home fans).

Attendance: 13,539 - City fans (547)


Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012, 7.45pm
Michael Peters (Bolton Wanderers fan)

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 ground/car parking?

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 away fans. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

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 cracking atmosphere. 

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 was impressive. 

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 the game:

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.

Blackburn Rovers v Millwall
Championship League
Saturday, November 24th, 2012, 3pm
Steve Long (Millwall fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to visiting Ewood Park as I had never been before and it's always looked a tidy ground from when I have seen it on television.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I used the official coach provided by Millwall so it was very easy. Coach parked right outside the away stand.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

We didn't arrive until gone two, so we made our way straight into the ground. Did not seem to be many home supporters about.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I was impressed with the ground. From turning up outside the away stand it looked huge. Made my way inside and took my seat. It's what I call a proper football stadium with the stands fairly close to the pitch. Three sides very neat, tidy and match and should they build the fourth side to match then the ground could be up there with the very best.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I really enjoyed the game. Very good performance from my team recording a very impressive away win. Blackburn is not a happy place at the moment and the atmosphere from the home end was unsurprisingly subdued but the travelling support was very vocal and it made for a great atmosphere. 

The facilities in the away end were very good as are the catering facilities. Stewards were helpful and friendly. Only complaint was they do not let you outside at half time for a cigarette so the toilets soon become the alternative place to smoke which is not very pleasant.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As I was on the coach it was very easy.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really enjoyed my trip to Blackburn. For once the weather was better up north than it was down south, a fantastic performance and a fine away win by Millwall and the 65th ground ticked off my list. 

Blackburn Rovers v Leicester City
Championship League
Saturday, August 25th, 2012, 3pm
Dave Berridge (Leicester City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

This was to be my first trip to Ewood Park. A first visit to a ground always makes it more exciting. I use the Football Ground Guide website for guidance on parking & a pre match pint etc.. but first visits give me a kind of nervous excitement – will I find the car parks? Have I made the right choice of pub? Will the motorways be clear?.....the list goes on!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Ewood Park is a really easy ground to find if approaching from the M65 – basically one road off the motorway. We drove around the area looking at our pre chosen potential parking and pub spots but eventually decided on parking at The Golden Cup pub just by the M65 bridge. This is about a mile from the ground but we based our decision on being informed that the roads immediately around Ewood Park would we blocked off for a while after the game. On walking back (in the seriously heavy, heavy rain) we saw no evidence of roads being blocked – that said, the ground was probably only half full.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We spent an hour at the Golden Cup pub before the game. They offer limited parking at £5.00 – quite reasonable. There’s a good range of beers and excellent service. This pub seemed to be for away fans in the main but the odd friendly Blackburn face was also on show.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The redevelopment of the ground in the 90s’ still looks quite fresh on approaching the Darwen end for away fans. Once inside the stadium the ground has a quaint feel to it with trees visible in the open corner sections – a sort of larger version of Shrewsburys' old Gay Meadow ground in some ways?

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A combination of Rovers playing very badly and Leicester playing very well leads me to quote the old phrase “We were robbed!” The assistant ref disallowed a perfectly good goal for The Foxes which would, I’m sure, have seen Rovers off at the time of happening. Where we certainly were not robbed is in the catering department! I had a steak & pepper pie and a coffee at half time. Both reasonably priced and both, without a doubt, the best quality pie and coffee I’ve had in 35 years of visiting football grounds!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Once we’d walked the mile back to the car in the relentless rain that had started on our arrival in Blackburn and continued all afternoon, we had a good get away, accessing the M65 easily. One or two taunts from some young Rovers fans accompanied our walk to the car but nothing sinister!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed the day, despite the result. I’d definitely return – not least of all for the food!

Blackburn Rovers v Swansea City 
Premier League
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, 3pm
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!

Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday
Carling Cup 2nd Round
Wednesday 24th August 2011, 7.45pm
Kevin Wrenn (Neutral fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I have 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 ground/car parking?

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 discrete 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 takeaways 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 ground?

The ground is modern and well appointed, sharing a lot of similarities with Anfield in that it is red brick and very much a 'square' ground as opposed to these modern bowl libraries.

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 Guinness 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 bobby!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game.

Rather hazy memories (the Guinness 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.

Blackburn Rovers v Everton
Premier League
Saturday 17th April 2010, 3pm
Patrick Burke (Everton fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had been to Blackburn several times before and we had always come away with a great result so I was hoping for the same this time. Last time, our seats were great and offered a great view.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Very, very easy. About 15 minutes from the ground, there are a number of side streets so we decided to park down one of them. The journey was relatively simple, as the ground is located not far from the motorway.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
Before the game, we went into the Golden Cup pub. We found it very quiet but good drinks and food. On the way back, we tried a small chippy and surprisingly I must say, the chips were one of the best I have ever tasted and it did seem quite popular with home fans. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
The ground looks very impressive from the outside, but we didn't have time to look around, as we were 2 minutes late. Inside it looks equally impressive except the Riverside Stand on one side.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Great game, deservedly ending up 3-2 to Everton but I have to comment on Steven N'zonzi's goal, it was one of the best goals I have ever seen at a football match, it didn't look so good on Match of the Day but on the day, it was quite stunning. A great atmosphere and banter created between the two sets of fans with some quite embarrassing chants. The stewards were unnoticeable (I hope that's a word!) with high quality facilities. My pie at a recent trip to Wigan had put me off pies so I chose not to have one at Ewood.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Slightly harder due to the busy traffic heading in our direction but once we were past that, just as simple as on the way. Great atmosphere in the car on the way back after Tim's (Cahill) late winner aswell as fans on the radio.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out as always at Blackburn, if you're going to go to an away game, I would strongly recommend coming to Blackburn, easy to get to from all directions and lots of nearby chippy's and pubs and friendly fans, it's a football fans heaven! 

Attendance: 27,022

Updated 28th July 2015

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