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Tickets for Rovers vs Swansea Feb 29th

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For my 40th birthday present my poor fiancée has agreed to “treat” me to a stay in Manchester and tickets for the home game against Swansea. Can any of the good people of this forum advise me on how much matchday tickets will cost and when they will become available on the website? Where’s the best place to sit in Ewood for a good experience? No sarcastic comments please 😂 There’s not much information on the official site. We’re planning to stay in Manchester the night before the match and get the train to Blackburn on Saturday. Any advice on what time to get the train so we can get some pints in before the match? And which pubs would have a good atmosphere? All advice gratefully accepted and all being well the attendance figures will get a mighty boost of two from Northern Ireland 😂 

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I think it's a category B game, so tickets will set you back somewhere between £22/£29 depending where you want to sit.

Think there are two trains an hour to Blackburn from Manchester, one is slightly long winded though that goes through Accrington etc.

Pubs, a few down Livesey branch road, Lord Raglan, White Bull, Brown Cow, Moorgate, Fox and Hounds should see you right for a few pre match pints, Only about a 10/15 minute walk from the Lord Raglan past all the other pubs to Ewood.

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If you are catching the train from Manchester you will be in Blackburn center and unless you get the train out to Mill Hill you will be nowhere near Livesey Branch Road. Best would be the Postal Order in town then a taxi up to Ewood.

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If he's getting a taxi anyway, I think I'd rather get a taxi to Livesey and drink in a few real pubs than drink in the Postal Order, but each to there own I guess.

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Blackburn taxis are the cheapest in the western world.

So if it was me, I'd get a taxi from the station straight to the Lord Raglan and work my way down the hill (Livesey Branch Road).

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9 hours ago, MarkBRFC said:

I think it's a category B game, so tickets will set you back somewhere between £22/£29 depending where you want to sit.

Think there are two trains an hour to Blackburn from Manchester, one is slightly long winded though that goes through Accrington etc.

Pubs, a few down Livesey branch road, Lord Raglan, White Bull, Brown Cow, Moorgate, Fox and Hounds should see you right for a few pre match pints, Only about a 10/15 minute walk from the Lord Raglan past all the other pubs to Ewood.

The trains are actually every half hour via Bolton so no need to bother with the hourly Todmorden/Accrington route

 

Edit with a bit of trivia!  Rovers have never lost on February 29.      Hope that hasn’t done a Mercer

Edited by renrag

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14 hours ago, The Hypnotic said:

For my 40th birthday present my poor fiancée has agreed to “treat” me to a stay in Manchester and tickets for the home game against Swansea. Can any of the good people of this forum advise me on how much matchday tickets will cost and when they will become available on the website? Where’s the best place to sit in Ewood for a good experience? No sarcastic comments please 😂 There’s not much information on the official site. We’re planning to stay in Manchester the night before the match and get the train to Blackburn on Saturday. Any advice on what time to get the train so we can get some pints in before the match? And which pubs would have a good atmosphere? All advice gratefully accepted and all being well the attendance figures will get a mighty boost of two from Northern Ireland 😂 

First ever home game?

You'll want to sit in the Blackburn End for the best 'atmosphere', not that there's much these days anyway. Shame, it used to be bouncing. Lower tier (can't remember if we even open the upper anymore). Jack Walker end will arguably give you a better view, depending on your preference on that count, as it's side on, but it's like a bloody morgue there. Especially the upper bit where I sometimes sit with my dad, can't speak as much to the lower.

Avoid the Riverside despite the cheapness. Unless you want to time travel. Long time since I sat there so can't speak too much to atmosphere, but there's a good chance a girder will occasionally block your view, and if it doesn't, there's a good chance you'll get pissed on if it rains!

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Everyone should experience the Riverside!

Seriously though, 40th birthday present? Splash out and get JW upper tickets as centrally as possible. Your fiancée will definitely appreciate it more than the BBE. Unless she uses the C word a lot and “hates Burnley” with a passion.

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Thanks so much guys. It’s my second home game, I was at the FA Cup game against Utd a couple of years ago. We sat behind the goals, is that the Blackburn end? It was a good atmosphere but this time I’d like a better view. We’ll probably go for the JW then.

Stuart, my fiancée does use the c word  (mostly in reference to me 😂) but doesn’t understand why I hate Burnley 😂 

Renrag I hope you haven’t mercered us already 🙈 

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Sounds like the livesey branch road it is then for our pub crawl. Thanks for all the suggestions folks, it’s times like this that you see this message board at its best

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Just now, The Hypnotic said:

Sounds like the livesey branch road it is then for our pub crawl. Thanks for all the suggestions folks, it’s times like this that you see this message board at its best

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Easiest way: change at Blackburn for Mill Hill and it's a short walk to the Navigation and then to Livesey Branch Road. Just follow the fans.

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20 hours ago, MarkBRFC said:

If he's getting a taxi anyway, I think I'd rather get a taxi to Livesey and drink in a few real pubs than drink in the Postal Order, but each to there own I guess.

So would I. Just giving an option 

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1 hour ago, The Hypnotic said:

Thanks so much guys. It’s my second home game, I was at the FA Cup game against Utd a couple of years ago. We sat behind the goals, is that the Blackburn end? It was a good atmosphere but this time I’d like a better view. We’ll probably go for the JW then.

I'd do the Riverside if I was you. Sat in Jack Walker for years, and done a few seasons in the BBE, but my current season ticket in the Riverside is the best I've had. Your view is of all three main stands, and under the lights it can't be beaten for me! Enjoy the game.

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2 hours ago, MCMC1875 said:

Easiest way: change at Blackburn for Mill Hill and it's a short walk to the Navigation and then to Livesey Branch Road. Just follow the fans.

Navvy and Rag eh, he’s in for a proper do for his 40th

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3 hours ago, Stuart said:

Everyone should experience the Riverside!

Seriously though, 40th birthday present? Splash out and get JW upper tickets as centrally as possible. Your fiancée will definitely appreciate it more than the BBE. Unless she uses the C word a lot and “hates Burnley” with a passion.

If she isn't into football I'd expect her to be more appreciative of at least a modicum of atmosphere than a better view of a game she doesn't care for.

JW is painfully sterile. I wouldn't choose to sit there even if it was cheaper than the BBE. But to each their own.

Eh the whole place is embarrassingly quiet these days anyway.

Edited by bluebruce

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46 minutes ago, bluebruce said:

If she isn't into football I'd expect her to be more appreciative of at least a modicum of atmosphere than a better view of a game she doesn't care for.

JW is painfully sterile. I wouldn't choose to sit there even if it was cheaper than the BBE. But to each their own.

Eh the whole place is embarrassingly quiet these days anyway.

It’s not about the stands though really, it’s the clientele who use each.

On a cup match when ticket prices are flatlined there can be a very different atmosphere in the JW with the peasants (like me) choosing to upgrade the view.

I agree with your last sentence though. At least the JW upper would live up to its billing. Imagine going into the BBE and trying to convince someone how lively it is!

Here’s hoping for a bad referee and some poor behaviour from opposition players to liven things up!

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