Saturday, April 10

Blackburn away ticket, travel and pub guide

Blackburn Rovers
Premier League
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Sunday April 11, kick off 13:30

United have got 6,900 tickets in the entire length of both upper and lower tiers of the Darwen End (pictured right).

They cost £35 for adults, £25 for over 65s and £15 for under 16s.

All away-end tickets have been sold and posted out.

Home-end tickets are on sale now to people who have previously bought home-end tickets from Blackburn. Details here.

This section will be updated five days before the game

Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1HD will show the match live, with the show starting at 13:00 and ending at 15:30.


Car - £10.
If you're driving to the match and are using a satnav or an internet routeplanner, use the destination postcode BB2 4JF.
It takes about 45 minutes to get there from Manchester and will cost about £10 in petrol for a return journey.

There are two ways to get there, the first being the M61, then the M65, then the A666 and the second being the M66, then the M65 and then the A666. Either way it's very easy. Leave the M65 at junction 4 for Darwen.

Parking - free
If you arrive early, street parking isn't a problem. The best streets to park are a five-minute walk away from the ground towards Darwen (so away from Blackburn Town Centre).

Anywhere in the Jack Walker Way and Oakdale area will be fine before 12:45ish. Use the postcode BB2 4JJ to get there.

Otherwise, there are quite a few paid-for car parks just off the A666 charging about £3 per car. Our preferred one is on Branch Road, as it allows you easy access onto Sandy Lane and then the M61 after the match.

Train - £6.40
You can either get off at Blackburn and walk for 20 minutes down a hill or get off at Darwen and walk for 15 minutes up a hill.

We recommend the latter because it's a slightly shorter train journey and you pass better pubs on the way up to the ground.

But, as previously mentioned, anyone arriving at Darwen is usually searched by police and officers won't tolerate anti-social behaviour, so don't arrive drunk.

At Manchester Victoria (pictured above), ask for a day return. It will cost £6.20

To the match
It's quite straightforward. Trains leave Manchester Victoria at:

08:01, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00 and arrive at Darwen 41 minutes later.

When you arrive, come out of the station, turn right, and walk right up Bolton Road until you reach the ground on your right.

From the match
Trains leave Darwen at 10 minutes past the hour ever hour until 23:10 and arrive at Manchester Victoria 42 minutes later.

One problem with this is that many reds will have walked up to Blackburn station (pictured right) and the train that stops at Darwen comes from Blackburn, so the train might be full by the time it reaches Darwen.

Trains leave Blackburn at 03 minutes past the hour ever hour until 23:03 and arrive at Manchester Victoria 49 minutes later.

If you're really lazy, you can go from Manchester Victoria to Blackburn and then get another train to Mill Hill (Lancs) as that station is a 10-minute walk to the ground.

The whole journey takes an hour, but by the time you've changed trains, you could have walked to the station.

Coach - £13
United are running coaches to this game. Places cost £18 per person.
The coaches leave from the Old Trafford N2 car park at 11:00 and are due to return at 16:45. To book, call the ticket office on 0161 868 8000 or go online.

The Betty Bus is running to the game and, at the time of writing, has 10 places left. Places cost £13 each. The bus leaves from Chorlton Street at 10:15.

To book, email your name, contact phone number and required number of places to
Red Army Travel are running a coach to this game, with places priced at £14 per person. Go here for booking details.

Public bus £10.20
You can get to Blackburn by public bus.
It does take ages, but at least it drops you off right outside the ground, avoiding a long walk from the town centre and the usual police attention fans get when they arrive via Darwen.
First, you will need to get to Bolton.
The quickest way is to get the First Bus 8 service from Manchester Shudehill to Bolton Moor Lane bus station. It takes 45 minutes. The timetable is here.

A day saver costs £4.

Then get the Transdev Lancashire United 225 service to Blackburn and get off at Ewood Park. It takes about 55 minutes. The timetable is here.

A day saver costs £6.20.

Most reds who go to this fixture annually will equate 'Ewood Park boozers' with the Fernhurst Arms (pictured left) – the pretty big Thwaites pub at 466 Bolton Road, which is a five-minute walk from the ground.

But it's never been our favourite pre-match drinking choice. It gets packed early, it attracts idiots and, unsurprisingly, it attracts more police than the G20 Summit protests.

When it's full, the pub serves cans of Carling from a marquee outside,

One of our favourites is The Fox and Hounds off Albion Road, which is a two-minute walk from the ground right by McDonald's.

It's a home fans only pub, but if you don't wear colours, you should get in okay and the locals are friendly enough anyway. The lager is good and you get served surprisingly quick in the run up to kick off.

None of the other pubs heading up towards Blackburn town centre are worth trying as they tend to get packed out and have bouncers on the doors demanding to see home-end tickets.

But there's three heading the other way, towards Darwen that we quite like.

The Hindle Arms (pictured right), at 18 Raikes Bridge is off the beaten track, but you can enjoy a decent, quiet pint there pree match.

Alternatively, you could try The Blackamoor Inn which is on the same road a bit further down or The Golden Cup at 610 Blackburn Road (just underneath the motorway bridge) which tends to get pretty busy on matchdays, but has a good atmosphere.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

prob got a spare. Email me if interested.