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Away Fan Guide: Blackburn Rovers

6 April 2018

Blues make the trip to Ewood Park for the first time since 1992 on Saturday when Andy Ansah and Brett Angell scored in a 2-2 draw.

For some fans it might be the first ever visit to Blackburn, so we've got all the information you'll need ahead of your trip...
 
What is the ground like?
 
Ewood Park is rather 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.
 
The Riverside is the only undeveloped stand, running down one side of the pitch. This is a smaller single tiered stand.
 
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.
 
Away fans
 
Away fans are housed in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End, where the facilities provided are good. The Darwen End is shared with home supporters, but if demand requires it the whole of the stand can be made available.
 
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; a range of Holland's Pies (Chicken Balti, Peppered Steak, Potato and Meat, Cheese and Onion all £2.30), Sausage Rolls (£2) and Hot Dogs (£3.20).
 
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 has a walk through service for fans!  
 
Pubs
 
Behind the Bryan Douglas Darwen End, the Club have created a fanzone area, into which away fans are admitted. It has some large screens showing previous meetings between the two sides and more importantly food and drink outlets, where you can buy a 'Pie and a Pint' for £4.90.
 
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. However please note that in keeping with the 'families atmosphere' of the pub, fans are asked to refrain from singing. 
 
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 walk (and mostly uphill) from Ewood Park. It is friendly though and also offers a range of pies. You can also park at the pub for a cost of £5.
 
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.
 
Directions
 
Travelling by road
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.
 
Or
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 Ewood Park (especially along Branch Road), costing in the region of £5. If you want to get away reasonably quickly after the game (the roads immediately around Ewood Park 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 BP Petrol 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:  BB2 4JF
 
Travelling by train
The closest railway station is Mill Hill which is 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.
 
The main doors to the railway station face the bus station, from there you can take a either a Number 1, 3 or 225 bus (the latter goes from Stand N) bus to Ewood. To walk 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, then 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.
 
Programme - £3
 
(via football ground guide)

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