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The Road To Blackburn's Ewood Park

ewoodpark.0 The Road To Blackburn's Ewood Park
You’re now 18 days away from the beginning of a unique Premiership experience when EPL Talk visits England for 10 days of Premiership matches. As long as modern technology cooperates, you’ll be able to live the experience with me and see (and hear) first-hand what it’s like at a live Premiership match.

The itinerary for the trip is beginning to solidify. Last week, I shared the details of purchasing a ticket to the Fulham against Reading match. Well, yesterday I purchased my next ticket for the Blackburn Rovers against Tottenham Hotspur match, scheduled for Sunday, November 19 (live via Fox Soccer Channel at 11am ET).

So how did the experience compare with buying tickets on Fulham’s web site? Surprisingly it was even easier. After registering for free on the Blackburn web site, I ordered one ticket online for the Jack Walker Stand. The seat is in the lower level near the halfway line. The cost? 29 GBP, which is the equivalent of $55.

I originally was interested in buying a ticket for the Riverside Stand (pictured above), and Rovers is running a special right now at 15 GBP for a ticket although the seat is near the corner, which is uncovered. Plus the Riverside Stand has quite a few supporting pillars which impedes your view, and the other disadvantage is that the stand is pretty far back from the pitch. During matches at Ewood Park, you often see fans walking in front of the stand which is quite distracting for the TV viewer and fan inside the stand.

So I opted for the Jack Walker Stand immediately across from the Riverside Stand. It looks like a carbon copy of the modern brand of massive stands, but let’s see what the experience will be like.

Three reasons why I chose this match instead of the Wigan against Aston Villa one earlier that day: (1) The train journey from Liverpool to Blackburn is more convenient than Liverpool to Wigan. (2) The match is at 4pm, so it allows me to spend more time in Liverpool and hopefully be able to visit the Anfield Stadium Tour, and (3) Blackburn is closer to my next stop on the itinerary, the National Football Museum in Preston.

You’ll be able to experience the entire journey with me via podcasts, photos and more. The itinerary thus far looks like this:

Saturday, November 18:
Everton v Bolton (at Goodison Park)

Sunday, November 19:
Anfield Stadium Tour (Liverpool)
Blackburn v Spurs (at Ewood Park)

Monday, November 20:
National Football Museum (Preston)

Tuesday, November 21:
Arsenal v Hamburg (Champions League)

Saturday, November 25:
Fulham v Reading (at Craven Cottage)

More details (and matches) to come. Keep on visiting this blog to see where EPL Talk will be going next.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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