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Blackburn Away Days

Better late than never, Iron fan Max Bell reviews our 1-0 victory in the Capital One Cup at Ewood Park, Blackburn.


Journey

Despite the intermittently foul rain throughout all of Lancashire, it was a pleasant drive up to not so sunny Blackburn from Scunthorpe.

Doing it in the car from Scunthorpe with 4 friends meant that the car was slightly cramped (guess which dummy got stuck in the middle?), but being able to play whatever music you like, drive at whatever speed you like, door-to-door service, and stop wherever you like are welcome luxuries – as entertaining as travelling to the games on coach can be.

Only downside to the journey would be the service station we stopped at having Man Utd fans in it. Honestly, they’re like rats – they get everywhere!

Pre-match

Absolutely fine. The people were friendly, and despite our Sat-Nav becoming useless after a certain friend (looking at you Will), wanted to charge his phone – the signs and logistics meant the ground was easy to get to. Cash machine was only round the corner, and the stewards were all very friendly and helpful.

Would definitely visit again, even their pre-match music selection was alright: despite the 20,000 empty seats!

Ewood Park Facilities

Despite friendly and helpful stewards, it was a total rip-off £10 to park at the ground. I wonder why there were plenty of spaces? The post-match operation was frankly pathetic, the ridiculous time it took for them to get cars and coaches out made GP’s operation look sublime.

The catering was cheaper than Swindon’s, although shutting for the 1st half was nonsensical, as the snaking half-time queues demonstrated! Nice away-end, a proper football ground. Even better for the win.

A word on the Game

Thankfully, the performances of the entire team were a million miles away from Swindon. We moved the ball well, especially in the first half, out of possession we worked really hard against a team full of solid Championship players, the wingers’ defensive work were both top quality, a well-taken goal, and Andy Dawson was absolutely faultless.

A deserved win. Can we have more of the same please Russ?

Iron fans

The Iron’s 551 following was very impressive, especially considering we would have no doubt taken more were it not for Saturdays disappointing defeat and performance. Buoyed by the good performance on pitch and attempts by the few present hardy Blackburn fans to boost the atmosphere – there was a really nice, vibrant and loud away end for my money. Despite over-eager stewards unnecessarily flexing their muscles early on, nothing boiled over and it was great to see so many young Iron fans present. After all, aren’t they the future of this football club?

P.S. Those Blackburn “fans” (sore losers) responsible for bricking the club supporters’ coach and Iron fans’ minibus, have a special circle of hell awaiting them. Grimsby on a Tuesday night if Venky’s keep up the good work!

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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