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Blackburn Rovers - 19 January

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 19 January in the Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Ewood Park.  This is based on Blackburn’sinformation for fans visiting Ewood Park plus additional information specific to this game.

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0) 7968 876504 or on Twitter at @ITFC_SLO.

Note that there is RMT strike action on 19 January affecting trains on the Northern Rail network.  There is a reduced service across the Northern Rail network and very few trains running after 5pm.  Those trains that do run, and other operators’ services, are expected to be extremely busy.

Northern Rail has announced details of the services it will operate.  Details can be found here:

https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/strike

There are very limited trains from Preston to Blackburn before the game (10:10, 11:39, 12:09 and 13:39).  After the game there is a train at 17:09 back to Preston (which you would need to leave the game early for) with one further train at 19:09 (arrives in Preston at 19:30) – this should connect to a train from Preston at 20:05 which connects with the 23:30 from Liverpool Street to Ipswich.

If you have already booked your train tickets based on the standard timetable, you are advised to check times and trains before you travel in case you need to make alternative arrangements.  You are likely, for example, to miss planned connections in Preston and London. 

(see also train travel section below)

Blackburn information

The address for Blackburn Rovers Football Club is Ewood Park, Blackburn, BB2 4JF.

Some information for fans visiting Ewood Park can be found via the following links:

https://www.rovers.co.uk/fans/visiting-ewood-park/

https://www.rovers.co.uk/fans/supporters-with-disabilities/

www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:

https://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/ewood-park-blackburn-rovers.html

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below and added other material based on previous visits to Ewood Park and information that is specific to our fans.

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

Tickets are available for this game at a cost of £24 for adults with concessions for 65+, U22s, U18s and U12s.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches with the usual priorities applying for buying tickets.

Up to 30 tickets for visiting fans using wheelchairs (plus assistant tickets if required), are available in the Darwen End (away end).  Tickets for ambulant supporters (with assistants if required) are also available. Fans should contact ITFC’s Disabled Liaison Officer Lee Smith on 01473 400556 or by email on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.

Travelling to Blackburn

Supporters Coach

Coach travel is now fully sold for this game.

The official coaches will be leaving Portman Road at 06:45 and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 23:00.  There is a planned stop at Peterborough Services on the outward trip and at Blyth Services on the return journey.

Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.   The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on Wednesday 16 January.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden. ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.

Once at Ewood Park, the coaches will drop off a short walk from the away turnstiles.

Car

Note:  The long-term roadworks on the A14 (several miles either side of Cambridge) are resulting in evening and weekend road closures.  These are not normally announced until just a day or two in advance.  We recommend that you keep an eye on @A14C2H on Twitter – any closures are announced here. to

The Sat Nav postcode for the stadium is BB2 4JF.  It’s around a 4-and-a-half to five hour drive depending on the route taken. 

From Ipswich, there are three main road options. 

The first route, estimated to take around 4 hours 25 minutes, takes you along the A14 to Huntingdon where you join the A1.  From the A1 you join the M62.  Leave the M62 at Junction 18 and join the M66 towards Bury.  The M66 becomes the A56.  At the junction with the B6232 join the B road to the M65.  Join the M65 and exit at Junction 4 on to the A666 towards Blackburn.  Ewood Park is about a mile from the motorway on the right-hand side. 

The second route, estimated to take around 4 hours 45 minutes, is via the A14, M1, A50, A500 and M6.  From the M6 join the M65 and head east towards Blackburn.  Ewood Park is well signposted.  Leave the M65 at Junction 4 and join the A666 towards Blackburn.  Ewood Park is about a mile away on the right.

The third route, estimated to take at least 5 hours is via the A14 / M6, which is reasonably direct, but runs the risk of hold-ups, especially as there are several sets of long-term road works.   We drove this route very recently, and encountered several lengthy sets of roadworks along much of the M6.  You are only likely to go this way if there are known issues with other routes.  From the M6 join the M65 and continue as for route 2 above.

As noted above there are also major long-term roadworks on the A14 for several miles either side of Cambridge, with a 40mph limit policed by cameras.

We would recommend that, whichever route you choose, you allow at least another hour for traffic. 

Parking

Matchday parking (subject to availability) is available at £10 on Car Park H, Car Park F and Car Park B on a first come first served basis. 

Accessible Match Day Car parking is available at Car Park B - which is located behind the Bryan Douglas Darwen End Stand (which is the away end), and Car Park H - which is located behind the Blackburn End Stand.  This is also priced at £10. To organise Disabled Parking ring Farrah on 01254 508283 during office hours.

Note that roads immediately around Ewood Park are closed for crowd safety for around 30 minutes after the game.

www.footballgroundguide.com mentions various private car parks around Ewood Park particularly along Branch Road.  These cost in the region of £5.   To reach Branch Road 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.  On the left are some industrial units offering parking.  After the game turn left out of the car park (away from Ewood Park), right at the second mini roundabout and this will take you up to the M65.

In the past we have also found street parking on and just off the road leading down to the stadium from the motorway, which is worth checking out if you arrive fairly early, especially as it allows an easy route out of town after the game. 

Drop-off / Pick-up points

There are two drop off points at the ground.  These are either end of the main Jack Walker Stand.  These also serve as pick-up points after the match from 15 minutes after the final whistle.

Train

Note 1: Northern Rail have announced that they will be continuing their Saturday strikes throughout January which means that train travel for this game will be impacted.  The strikes mean a very reduced service across the Northern Rail network and very few trains running after 5pm.  Those trains that do run, and other operators’ services, are expected to be extremely busy.

The strike timetables for 19 January have been published.  Full information can be found here:

https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/strike

There are very limited trains from Preston to Blackburn before the game (10:10, 11:39, 12:09 and 13:39).  After the game there is a train at 17:09 back to Preston (which you would need to leave the game early for) with one further train at 19:09 (arrives in Preston at 19:30) – this is shown to connect to a train from Preston at 20:05 which connects with the 23:30 from Liverpool Street to Ipswich.

If you have already booked your train tickets, check times and trains before you travel in case you need to make alternative arrangements.  You are likely, for example, to miss planned connections in Preston and London. 

Note 2: Some cross-country options may also be impacted by the Northern Rail strike as trains from York to Blackburn are operated by Northern Rail.

Note 3: There are no planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London line

Via London, trains leave from London Euston for Preston where you change for Blackburn.  As mentioned above strike action impacts the standard timetable so we are not providing example times here.  Keep an eye on www.northernrailway.co.uk for more information.

Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk and www.northernrailway.co.uk for updated times and any late changes to engineering works or strike action. 

Getting to the ground from the station

The closest railway station to Ewood Park is Mill Hill which is served by trains from Blackburn – note that this route is impacted by the Northern Rail strike.  Mill Hill is about a 15 minute walk from Ewood Park.

Blackburn station is around a 25 minute walk from the ground.  It is possible to get a bus – the number 1, 3 and 225 go to Ewood Park.

To walk to the ground, www.footballgroundguide.com states “turn left at the main doors of the station (these face the bus station) 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).”

Pubs

www.footballgroundguide.com mentions the fan zone area behind the Bryan Douglas Darwen End (away end) which admits away fans. 

The closest pub to the ground for away supporters is the Fernhurst pub on Bolton Road (A666).  This is a five-minute walk to the away end.  www.footballgroundguide.com does warn that the pub can fill up quickly on a matchdays and that, once full, no further fans can enter until people leave.   This website also mentions Uncle Jacks on Branch Road (ten-minute walk from the ground) and the Golden Cup pub which is a bit further on past the Fernhurst.

There is a Wetherspoons, the Postal Order, just round from the entrance to Blackburn railway station.

Any food outlets near the ground?

There is a McDonalds just a few minutes from the ground on Bolton Road.  There is also an Aldi opposite the ground on the Bolton Road.

Ewood, a sandwich shop, can be found near to the Fernhurst pub.  Leavers Bakery is a bit further along the Bolton Road.

At the ground

Tickets on the day?

It is not yet known whether tickets will be available on the day of the match.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available. 

If tickets are available you will be able to purchase these from the away supporters ticket office which is located on the corner of the Bryan Douglas Darwen End and Jack Walker Stand.

Away end

We will be located in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End.  

Disabled Supporters

Up to 30 tickets for visiting supporters (using wheelchairs) are available in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End plus Assistant tickets if they are required. Tickets for ambulant supporters are available with Assistants if required. The entry point is at the Darwen End Stand.  Refreshment kiosks and accessible toilets are located in the stand.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.  

Programmes

Programmes will be available to purchase outside the stadium at a cost of £3. 

Food and Drink facilities

Concourse catering includes the usual football fare.  Details and prices can be found in the Concourse Catering section at the following link:

https://www.rovers.co.uk/fans/visiting-ewood-park/

Note that concourse concessions are cash only and do not accept payment by cards.

Smoking

Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes (and/or similar products) is not allowed at Ewood Park.