On Saturday 21 st October Pompey fans will face another long trip North, this time to Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park, Blackburn, BB2 4JF. Ewood Park has a capacity of 31,367 and Blues fans will be in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End.
How to get to Ewood Park
Leave the M6 at Junction 29 and join the M65, heading East towards Blackburn. Leave the M65 at Junction 4 and take the A666 towards Blackburn. Ewood Park is well signed and will be about a mile away on your right.
There is parking at the ground, subject to availability, with a charge of £10. The roads immediately around the ground are often closed off for about thirty minutes after the game, so it may take some time to get out.
Alternately as you come down the hill on the A666, you will pass a BP Garage on your left. Turn right at the next traffic lights into Branch Road and there are some Industrial Units down on the left which offer matchday parking for a charge.
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 to the M65.
The journey from Portsmouth to Blackburn will take about five and a half hours. Trains run from London Euston to Blackburn with a change at Preston. Blackburn station is an approximately a mile and a half from the ground. The main doors of the railway station face the bus station, from where you can take either a number 1, 3 or 225 bus to Ewood.
To walk to the ground, turn left out of the station’s 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]. When you get to the junction you need to follow the road towards Bolton, Great Bolton Street/ Bolton Road. Follow this straight along for just over a mile [passing the Infirmary on your left and the canal on your right] after passing under another railway bridge you will see the ground along on your left.
Alternately there is an hourly local train from Blackburn to Mill Hill station departing at 12.08, 13.08 and 14.08. The journey takes three minutes and Mill Hill is around 15 minutes walk from the ground. After the match trains depart Mill Hill for Blackburn station at 17.28 and 17.49.
Where eat and drink
Behind the Bryan Douglas Darwen End, the away end, the Club has created a fanzone area which admits away fans. It has some large screens and food and drink outlets.
The nearest pub, five minutes walk from the ground, is the Fernhurst, 466 Bolton Road, Blackburn, BB2 4JP. A Hungry Horse, family pub serving food.
Ten minutes from the ground is Uncle Jack’s, Branch Road, Blackburn BB3 0PR which serves food. For real ale fans the Black Bull pub, Brokenstone Road, Blackburn, BB3 0LL, is home to the Three B’s Brewery and has a selection of real ales and great views over the surrounding countryside.
In the town, just around the corner from the station, is a Wetherspoons called The Postal Order, Darwen Street, Blackburn, BB2 2BY, which used to be Blackburn’s post office.
Alcohol is on sale in the ground, plus the usual hot drinks and a range of pies, sausage rolls and hot dogs.