Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn
Rovers Premier League
Saturday March 10th 2012, 3pm
Croft (Blackburn Rovers fan)
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Well as our season wasn't going too well, we were
slightly apprehensive about visiting Wolves.
Despite this their form was poor at the time and
having just sacked manager Mick McCarthy, we felt
this was a game that we should get three points
from. Also Rovers had put on free travel so
tickets sold out in a snap, so a great atmosphere
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We took advantage of the free travel so the
journey was fairly simple although we were stopped
about 10 minutes away from the ground and given a
rather large police escort which may have been due
to the fact we had roughly 15 coaches. We parked
in a car park about 5 minutes away from the ground
and followed the crowd to the ground.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We decided against going to the pub beforehand as
we were told it was a rather long walk and there
was no guarantee that children were admitted (we
had a number of minors with us). We just got a
programme and went straight into the ground where
we had a beer. Home fans seemed okay although it
did "kick off" at the end of the match with what
seemed to be a small number of fans from both
sides trying to reach each other.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
At first seeing the ground it didn't look overly
impressive although when we were in the stand it
did look pretty decent. The home end (opposite to
where we were) only had the lower tier at the time
as the upper was being built but I'd imagine that
once that stand was complete it would be a very
impressive stadium. One odd thing was that whereas
most stands are straight the stand to our right
kind of curved round the pitch being that those
sat in the middle were further away from the pitch
from those at the ends of the stand.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game got off to a slow start with both
sides creating a few half chances but with Rovers
getting slightly more of the play until close to
half time Junior Hoilett rocketed in a half volley
from a part clearance to make it 1-0 to us going
into half time. The second half was a different
story though. It seemed as though the goal had
given us a lot of confidence and we came out and
really put Wolves to the test and managed to break
them down for a second time with a 20 yard shot
from Hoilett making it 2-0 to us. After this it
never seemed like Wolves would get back into it
even though they did create the odd opportunity
they couldn't score and the game finished 2-0 to
The atmosphere was outstanding from the Rovers
fans for the full 90minutes. It was obvious that
the free travel had encouraged all fans to get
behind the lads. There wasn't a great atmosphere
from the Wolves fans apart from a section of them
close to the away fans who did continue to try to
get things going. Stewards were friendly enough.
Had a bottle of Kingstone Press Cider (£3.20) and
a Steak and Ale pie (£3) before the game and must
say the pie was probably the best I have ever had
at a football ground so well done to Wolves there!
The concourse was large and toilets clean enough.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
As we took a lot of coaches getting away did take
a while but once we got about 20 minutes away from
the ground we were well on our way home.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Overall this was one of my best away days of the
season. Great weather, great
result, decent food/drink, a nice stadium and