Blackburn Rovers and Ewood Park
Blackburn Rovers, along with Aston Villa are one the founder members of the Football League and Premier League. They have played their home games at Ewood Park since the summer of 1890 when they moved from Leamington Street.
Ewood Park has a capacity of 31,367 and it comprises of four stands: The Bryan Douglas Darwen End, Riverside Stand, Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End, and Jack Walker Stand, which is named after Blackburn industrialist and club supporter, Jack Walker.
What’s it like for away supporters?
Away supporters are housed in the ‘Bryan Douglas Darwen End’ which can hold up to 7,000 fans. Usually, away supporters share the stand with home fans and only get 4,000 tickets but due to Villa’s high demand, they have been allocated the whole stand.
The facilities are pretty decent with various food and drink options available although alcohol is usually served prior to kick-off – it won’t be served at half time.
If you are hungry before the game, there is a McDonalds allocated opposite Ewood Park that has a ‘walk through’ service for supporters to help speed up service.
Where can I get a pint pre-match?
The Fernhurst pub is located on Bolton Road and in previous visits has been the destination for Aston Villa supporters however the pub has been taken over by hungry horse and is largely a food pub these days. Although they do allow supporters on match day football fans will be ejected if they start singing.
Due to this Blackburn have created a fan zone by the Darwin End of the stadium. They have two large screens that usually show previous encounters between the two clubs. You can purchase both food and drink here and they offer a ‘Pie and Pint’ deal for £4.90.
The Golden Cup on Blackburn Road is also happy to accept away supporters. We also received a tweet from the Havelock Inn earlier this week informing us that Aston Villa supporters are welcome and the pub is located just 5 minutes away from Ewood Park.
— havelockinn (@havelockinn) April 25, 2017
I am driving, where can I park?
As the tweet states about there are free parking available at the Havelock Inn for over 100 cars. Parking is available at Ewood Park for £10 subject to availability.
There are various other parking options around the ground for £5 but be aware that if you park to close to the ground the local authorities have been known to close roads for up to 30 minutes after the game has finished.
If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.