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Ewood return for ‘showpiece’ friendly

Posted: Fri 17 May 2013
Author: rovers.co.uk
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Blackburn Rovers is to re-introduce the prestigious ‘curtain-raiser’ fixture at Ewood Park ahead of the 2013-14 Championship campaign.

The club, which today revealed its pre-season schedule, is looking to confirm the friendly - against Premier League opposition on Saturday July 27th - by the end of next week.
 
“The home friendly a week ahead of the season proper was always well received with supporters,” said Paul Agnew, operations director. “It has been missing for a few years and we felt it was time to restore it. We have worked hard to find the right fixture and we expect to be able to confirm the opposition within the next few days.

“The pre-season list will offer plenty of opportunities for supporters to see the players in action and we are delighted with the overall format of the schedule.”

Rovers kick-off preparations with a trip to Conference side Wrexham on Saturday 6th July before jetting off to Portugal for a training camp with the possibility of a competitive match during the week-long stay.

Next stop is Spotland for a match against League Two outfit Rochdale - managed by ex-Rover Keith Hill – before a short journey to Deepdale to face local rivals Preston North End.       
 
The full confirmed list reads…

Wrexham v Blackburn Rovers
The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Saturday, 6th July 2013
Kick-Off 3.00 pm
 
Rochdale v Blackburn Rovers
Spotland Stadium, Rochdale
Saturday, 20th July 2013
Kick-Off 3.00 pm
 
Preston North End v Blackburn Rovers 
Deepdale, Preston
Tuesday, 23rd July 2013
Kick-Off 7.45 pm 

In addition, a Rovers XI - consisting of reserve and youth team players - will play against a number of local sides, starting at Clitheroe on the same day the senior side face Wrexham (July 6th)

The development squad will then travel to Southport, Harrogate Town, Bamber Bridge, Northwich Victoria, Curzon Ashton and Lancaster City.

The list reads...

Clitheroe v Blackburn Rovers XI
Shawbridge, Clitheroe
Saturday, 6th July 2013
Kick-Off 3.00 pm

Southport v Blackburn Rovers XI
The Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport
Saturday, 13th July 2013
Kick-Off 3.00 pm

Harrogate Town v Blackburn Rovers XI
Wetherby Road, Harrogate
Saturday, 20th July 2013
Kick-Off 3.00 pm

Bamber Bridge v Blackburn Rovers XI
Irongate Ground, Brownedge Road, Bamber Bridge
Friday, 26th July 2013
Kick-Off 7.30 pm

Northwich Victoria v Blackburn Rovers XI
Valley Road, Flixton, Trafford, Manchester
Saturday, 3rd August 2013
Kick-Off 3.00 pm

Curzon Ashton v Blackburn Rovers XI
The Tameside Stadium, Richmond Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne
Tuesday, 6th August 2013
Kick-Off 7.30 pm

Lancaster City v Blackburn Rovers XI
Giant Axe Stadium, West Road, Lancaster
Saturday, 10th August 2013 
Kick-Off 3pm