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Rover’s Fun Matchday Itinerary
Blackburn Rovers v Wigan Athletic
9am Roverstore opens. The special deal on replica shirts means that they’re only £20 today, but the offer ends tonight, so don’t miss out!
10am Blues Bar, the Foster’s FanZone bar and Strikers’ Lounge open. We’re serving food from as soon as we open Blues (including soup for just £1) because we know you’re going to need a big match breakfast. Save me a sausage! I’ll be popping into Strikers’ too at some point before kick-off, so look out for me.
10.30am The Foster’s FanZone stage opens. We’ll be inviting special guests connected to the club to talk to us about Thursday’s International Women’s Day, so stay tuned to find out who appears on stage.
10.30am Turnstiles open. The game may be starting earlier than usual, but you’ll still have full access to every one of our usual family facilities, such as The GAME Room and my Kennel.
11am The Big 6 ticket deal ends. If you want a great discount on tickets for the final six games of the season (which includes today), do it no later than an hour before kick-off when the promotion comes to an end.
11.15am Read out the team sheets! It’s the earliest time of day we’ve ever done it, but if you’re under 16 and wide awake enough, you can enjoy the glory of telling everyone who’s playing for Rovers this afternoon if you volunteer at the Foster’s FanZone stage.
11.50am Guard of honour. Three top teams – Langho U13 girls, BJFF Spartans U7 and Brinscall U7 – are forming today’s flag-based spectacle in front of the Sky TV cameras. No pressure then!
11.57am The teams emerge. In front of a worldwide TV audience, our beloved Rovers players will walk out hand-in-hand with junior players from Mill Hill U8 – what a moment for the local youngsters.
12.45am Half-time penalties. The various junior teams that are here today as guests of the Community Trust get their chance to set foot on the famous Ewood turf and show us what they can do with a ball at their feet (or in their gloves if they’re the keeper!).
1.45pm The Undercovers on stage. Due to the early start today, we’re doing things a little bit differently on the Foster’s FanZone stage by having our headline band playing after the game! Performing a selection of top covers from the likes of The Beatles and Oasis, the local band will play alongside live big screen coverage of Brighton v Arsenal, followed by Manchester City v Chelsea (4pm kick-off). Blues Bar and the Foster’s FanZone bar will also be serving drinks for as long as demand dictates and I’ll be sticking around to enjoy the fun. What a way to round off the day!
Blackburn Rovers v Bury
12pm Blues Bar opens. Grab your matchday membership if you want to guarantee access at every game.
5.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. We will be celebrating the ‘NCS Matchday’ throughout the two hours or so that the stage is up and running. Listen out for chat with National Citizen Service participants to find out why they have such a good time on this Community Trust-led programme for young adults in our area.
5.45pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. It’s so exciting to see the lounge so busy at every game right now. Don’t forget that you can get into the Sensory Room by speaking to our staff – it’s available to any young children or disabled youngsters that need the facility.
6.15pm I arrive! I’ll have my NCS photo frame with me, which was a big hit at the Manchester United FA Cup tie last season. Come and have your photo taken with me and the frame!
6.30pm Concourses open. In line with the theme of the night, there will be volunteers from the NCS programme helping out in the GAME Room and in my Kennel, alongside the regular face painters from McDonald’s. Come and say hi to them all!
7pm Emily Diffin on stage. She’s a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Preston, who started her musical career playing in showcases throughout her education, taking any chance to perform that she could. She has just recently completed becoming an NCS Regional Youth Board member and hopes to carry on moving higher up the ranks with NCS over the years. During this time she aspires to carry on showcasing her musical talents in the hope that it will inspire and help other young people.
7.15pm Read out the team sheets! Everybody in the FanZone will be eager to know who’s playing for Rovers. One lucky child aged 16 or under can enjoy the chance of shouting out that news to the crowd!
7.35pm Guard of honour. We’ll be busy tonight, as we welcome pupils from Holy Souls Primary School alongside players from three local sides – Blackburn United, Blackburn Eagles U9 and Mill Hill U7. Keep an eye out for their excellent flag technique along the touchlines tonight; we may even squeeze in some NCS participants too, seeing as we’ve got them doing everything else!
7.42pm The teams emerge! It’s a big moment for Bamber Bridge Juniors FC, who will enjoy the honour of walking out as Rovers’ player escorts in front of the Sky cameras.
8.30pm Half-time penalties. Keep an eye out for the junior teams on the pitch taking (or saving) the perfect spot-kick!
Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic
10am Roverstore opens. The home kit is now 30% off, so grab one if you haven’t already to look just like me!
11am Blues Bar opens. Have you been in since we started our makeover? Become a member so that you can check it out! Food is served from midday.
12.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. Grab a drink or some hot food to enjoy while you watch Spurs v Arsenal on our big screen and listen to our updates and tunes from the stage.
1pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. There are new features all the time in our popular free family facility – keep popping in to see what’s in store! Please ask our staff if your child would like to make use of the Sensory Room, which is a unique feature that we’re very proud to have or if you’d like to sign your child up as a Junior Rovers member – we can take registrations in the lounge.
1pm I arrive! Don’t be shy, come and ask for a photo if you see me!
1.30pm Turnstiles open. I’ll come in and join you as soon as I’ve seen all my friends outside the ground. Don’t forget to arrive early if you want first dibs on the GAME Room consoles or freebies from McDonald’s in my Kennel, which you’ll find in the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand.
2pm GVANI on stage. Today’s top act is a young Urban artist inspired by hip-hop greats such as Kendrick Lamar and the soulful melodies of the 90s. He produces tracks with wide appeal and infectious energy and is a promising lyricist and has been working on his craft since the tender age of 11. Having reached 16 and made a name for himself at numerous carnivals and events, he’s got a great future ahead of him, so come along to see a star in the making on our FanZone stage!
2.25pm Read out the team sheets! Prove yourself as our next top stadium announcer by jumping on stage to read out the teams – a fantastic first come, first served opportunity for anyone aged 16 or under.
2.30pm Special guests on stage. Stick around to hear our visiting interviewees in the FanZone, including some important messages to mark this week’s Safer Internet Day.
2.50pm Guard of honour. We’re delighted to welcome two local primary schools (Daisyfield and All Saints Clayton-le-Moors) and one not so local (Millom St James) to create a sea of colour along the Jack Walker Stand touchline.
2.57pm The teams emerge. Having travelled all the way from Cumbria again today (they come and see me several times a season), we’re delighted to be giving some of the Millom St James pupils the chance to be today’s player escorts.
3.50pm Half-time penalties. Let’s see what today’s visiting schools can do with a ball at their feet as they take on the challenge of taking penalties on our pitch at half-time.
Blackburn Rovers v Walsall
12pm Blues Bar opens. Settle in for the afternoon to grab the best seats ahead of the game if you can! Matchday members get priority access.
5.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. There’s plenty of cover under the tent or the overhang from the burger van, and plenty of great tunes to listen to as we pump up the matchday atmosphere at the Blackburn End!
5.45pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. The lounge was packed on Saturday – thanks so much for everybody that came in! Don’t forget that you can pick up your tea here, as well as enjoying all the free family fun. The Sensory Room is also open to families that need it – just ask staff in the room for access.
6.15pm I arrive! If you get a chance to come and say hi, please do. I love the attention!
6.30pm Concourses open. I’ll come and join you all as soon as I get the chance – assuming I’m not mobbed outside the ground! I’ll be mainly based in the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand, not only because my Kennel is there with all the free fruit bags and face painting from McDonald’s, but because you may also get a chance to play FIFA 18 against me or our other occasional special guests in The GAME Room!
7pm Read out the team sheets! We want to make a star of one lucky child aged 16 or below with the gift of the gab. If you’ve got the confidence to shout out the Rovers team news nice and loud to a watching crowd, come and prove it on the FanZone stage.
7.35pm Guard of honour. It’s another special night for local school children, as we welcome youngsters from three schools. A very warm welcome to everyone from Brookhouse Primary School, St Aidan’s in Mill Hill and Tockholes St Stephen’s, as they line up along the touchline with their huge Rovers flags in hand to create a great visual display for all the crowd to enjoy.
7.42pm The teams emerge! Don’t worry about being too loud – it’s a football match! Give it all you’ve got to make a big entrance for our boys tonight.
8.30pm Half-time penalties. The three schools that are here as our guests tonight will have their chance of glory by trying to score (or save) their penalties on the famous Ewood Park pitch.
Blackburn Rovers v Northampton Town
10am Roverstore opens. Don’t miss the new 30% off deal on away kits!
11am Blues Bar opens. Become a matchday member for guaranteed access! Food served from midday.
12.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. Today’s early kick-off is the Peterborough v Leicester FA Cup tie, which will be live on the big screen. Keep an eye out for free ‘Kick It Out’ hand clappers being given away too!
1pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. We keep adding to the free family lounge in the Blackburn End – pop in today to check out our new look! Please speak to our staff for access if your child needs to use the Sensory Room facility.
1pm I arrive! My minder will have some freebies to give away today to mark #OneRovers Day, so come and see me if you’d like some goodies … first come, first served!
1.30pm Turnstiles open. As ever, there are free McDonald’s fruit bags and chances to get your face painted in Rover’s Kennel (aka my house!) and The GAME Room will have FIFA 18 on every console for you to enjoy if you’re a Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand ticket holder.
2pm Brooke Layla on stage. She’s only 14, but this singer-songwriter has already impressed some amazing audiences with her lovely voice. There’s a good chance you may have already seen her on The Voice Kids UK or as the ‘unexpected guest’ on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, as well as starring on Gogglebox. We’re delighted to have the youngster from the East Midlands here with us today!
2.25pm Read out the team sheets! We want a willing volunteer to bring the team news to the crowds. If you’re 16 or under, it could be you!
2.50pm Guard of honour. Four local schools are sharing today’s honour as we welcome primary school pupils from Sacred Heart, St Michael with St John, St Silas and Wensley Fold. Young players from Blackburn United will also be parading our Community Trust, Kick It Out and Level Playing Field flags to add to the #OneRovers Day festivities.
2.57pm The teams emerge. We’ve got a team of invited guests walking out alongside the players for today’s guard of honour to represent different facets of the club and its community – keep an eye out to see if any of your friends are involved!
2.59pm Minute’s applause. We show our appreciation to one of the game’s greats, Jimmy Armfield.
3pm Kick-off! Join me in making a big roar (or bark!)…
3.45pm #OneRovers Day presentations. During the Rovers Return half-time draw we’ll hear from one of our special guests for the day, soon followed by some special cheque presentations as the club marks today’s events by donating money to local good causes.
3.50pm Half-time penalties. The four schools from our invited primary schools can show us their dead ball skills!
4.45pm Free newspaper! Pick up a free copy of the Lancashire Telegraph on your way out – their promo team is coming along to give away copies as you head home.
Blackburn Rovers v Hull City (Saturday January 6th)
10am Roverstore opens. Don’t forget that they sell hats, scarves, gloves and waterproofs if you need them!
11am Blues Bar opens. Arrive early to get your favourite seat – though don’t forget that matchday memberships are required. Food is served from midday.
12.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. The early tie today is Fleetwood Town v Leicester City, so we’ll be showing Jamie Vardy’s return to Highbury on the big screen as we get underway with our music, news and views, as well as opening the burger van and bar.
1pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. Pool, table tennis, consoles, board games … they’re all here in the Blackburn End and it’s all free! If you need to use the Sensory Room in this lounge (also free of charge), please email email@example.com before each game.
1pm I arrive! I’m excited about today’s tie, so by all means come up and say hi, but you may catch cup fever from me!
1.30pm Turnstiles open. All the usual fun remains on offer for the FA Cup … The GAME Room and its consoles, Rover’s Kennel with its free fruit bags and face painting from McDonald’s, the chance for your parent or guardian to win big prizes with the Rovers Return draw … get involved!
2.15pm Star guests on stage. We’re hoping to be joined by a few familiar faces on the FanZone stage who you’re bound to want to hear from – and maybe stop for a selfie too. Get yourself to the FanZone in good time for a clue as to who it may be.
2.25pm Read out the team sheets! If you’re aged 16 or under, you can have the chance (first come, first served) to tell everyone who’s playing in today’s tie.
2.30pm Join the guard of honour. Make sure you show whatever Rovers colours you have if you’re in the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand – if you’re in blue-and-white, or wearing the club crest, we’ll be selecting children at random to form today’s guard of honour. Make sure you’re at the front of the stand from this time if you want to join in.
2.50pm Guard of honour. The lucky children that are chosen will enjoy the chance to form our flag parade along the Jack Walker Stand touchline.
2.57pm The teams emerge. Led by me!
Rover’s Fun Matchday Itinerary
Blackburn Rovers v Rochdale (Tuesday December 26th)
10am Roverstore opens. Have fun spending all of your Christmas money!
11am Blues Bar opens. Fed up of turkey already? We’ll be serving some fine food for all seasons from midday. Make sure you become a member to enjoy great savings.
12.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. Enjoy Spurs v Southampton on the big screen, accompanied by a cold drink, warm food and all the latest Rovers news and chart tunes from the stage.
1pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. If you’d like to use the Sensory Room within the Blackburn End-based facility (free of charge), please email firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of each game.
1pm I arrive! Stop me for a selfie around the ground and I’ll happily oblige.
1.15pm The penalty shoot-out challenge starts. If the weather is kind to us, we’ll be up and running between the Jack Walker Stand and the Blackburn End.
1.30pm Turnstiles open. Arrive early to grab your favourite console in The GAME Room or the pick of the free fruit bags from McDonald’s in Rover’s Kennel!
2pm Callum Thomas on stage. Our all-time record FanZone appearance maker is back! The star singer from just down the road in Oswaldtwistle released his second EP ‘Rebirth’ earlier this year and has been a firm favourite here every time he has performed. Visit www.callumthomasmusic.co.uk to discover more about today’s superb live act.
2.25pm Read out the team sheets! One lucky child aged 16 or under will enjoy the chance to read out the team news on the FanZone stage – first come, first served!
2.57pm The teams emerge. The Rovers team will walk out hand-in-hand with our matchday mascot and 10 lucky winners of a recent Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Facebook competition to enjoy the chance to be today’s player escorts!
Rover’s Fun Matchday Itinerary
Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic (Saturday December 16th)
10am Roverstore opens. It’s the last matchday before Christmas, so make sure you stock up on presents!
11am Blues Bar opens. Food service starts at midday. Become a matchday member to guarantee your access.
12.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. The big screen will be showing Leicester City v Crystal Palace while the stage, bar and burger van outside the Blackburn End open for business.
1pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. It’s free to enter and there are some brand new consoles in the lounge, thanks to GAME, along with all your old favourites like pool and table tennis! If your child requires use of the Sensory Room at home fixtures, please email email@example.com to reserve their place.
1pm I arrive! I’ll be bringing Christmas cheer to everybody here!
1.30pm Turnstiles open. As ever, the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand offers great fun from the very first minute as The GAME Room and Rover’s Kennel open their doors.
2pm The Forton Light Orchestra take to the stage. Formed four years ago to mark the Forton village Christmas tree light switch on event, their festive singalong with popular seasonal carols worked so well that they’ve remained a performing act ever since! Come along and get into the spirit of their performance in the FanZone.
2.25pm Read out the team sheets! We’re looking for a child aged 16 or under to break the team news to the crowds on the stage. Come and speak to our presenter nice and early if you want the chance to do it!
2.50pm Guard of honour. A warm welcome to Westwood Primary School from Clayton-le-Woods and Scottish side Dunbeth FC, whose youngsters are going to be flying the flags pitchside to herald the arrival of the two teams.
2.57pm The teams emerge. Two of the tops teams in the division will walk out to the noise we make together!
3.50pm Half-time penalties. Take a look at how the children from Westwood and Dunbeth take a perfect penalty, down in front of the Blackburn End and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand.
Rover’s Fun Matchday Itinerary
Blackburn Rovers v Bristol Rovers (Saturday November 25th)
10am Roverstore opens. The best shop ever – it sells so many great items with my face on!
11am Blues Bar opens. Matchday members enjoy priority access, so sign up now! Food will be served from midday.
12.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. Barnsley v Leeds will be live on the screen in time for the opening of the stage, bar and burger van outside the Blackburn End.
1pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. Please note our new opening time for the recently redecorated and modernised family friendly room, which is based in the Blackburn End and free to enter! If your child requires use of the Sensory Room for future games, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve their place.
1pm I arrive! You can’t miss me ... I’m the giant friendly dog that loves saying hello and posing for photos!
1.15pm The penalty shoot-out challenge begins. The forecast isn’t looking great for today, but if it’s dry, we’ll be open for business outside the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand so that you can test your shooting skills.
1.30pm Turnstiles open. The GAME Room is new and improved with an increased number of consoles now available since our last home league game, meaning that more children can enjoy the facility. McDonald’s are also offering free face painting and fruit bags in Rover’s Kennel.
2pm Olivia Jade Archbold on stage. At the age of just 14, Olivia Jade wowed crowds with her superb audition for Britain’s Got Talent, with Simon Cowell praising her for ‘making the song her own’ and Amanda Holden describing her as ‘utterly spellbinding’. Seven years on from making the semi-finals of the ITV contest, she continues to amaze audiences with her vocal talents, drawing on experience in diverse entertainment formats including theatre, musicals, ballet and radio to add to her TV exposure. Currently working on her debut album, we can’t wait for her FanZone performance today!
2.20pm Pudsey Bear on stage. I’ll be joined by my good friend and Children In Need mascot Pudsey. Come and say hello in the FanZone – he’s a very friendly bear!
2.25pm Read out the team sheets! The first child aged 16 or under to put themselves forward (provided you’ve not done it before!) will find themselves reading out the very first team news to supporters in the FanZone – what an honour!
2.50pm Guard of honour. The flags will be waving to greet the arrival of the teams, thanks to youngsters from Mill Hill Juniors FC and St Peter’s Primary School, Blackburn.
2.57pm The teams emerge. Make sure that you make plenty of noise as we welcome Rovers, and, erm ... Rovers!
3pm Kick-off! Keep that wall of sound going as we try to keep our great winning run going.
3.50pm Half-time penalties. The lucky children from St Peter’s and Mill Hill will return to show us how to take a perfect penalty.
Blackburn Rovers v Fleetwood Town (Tuesday October 31st)
12pm Blues Bar opens. Arrive as early as you can to secure the best seats! Don’t forget to become a matchday member to make sure you can get in.
5pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. You may notice something a little different about Strikers’ tonight … pop in through the Blackburn End reception to see what has changed! Please email Julie via email@example.com to book access to the Sensory Room as required.
5.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. There’s plenty of cover under the tent or the overhang from the burger van and plenty of great tunes to listen to as we pump up the matchday atmosphere at the Blackburn End!
6pm Penalty shoot-out challenge starts. If it stays dry, our Community Trust staff will be giving you the chance to win great prizes in our shooting skills contest, found in the corner of the Jack Walker Stand and Blackburn End.
6.15pm I arrive! I’ll be on the prowl around the stadium, keeping the place free of any Halloween spiders, ghosts or ghouls!
6.30pm Concourses open. The earlier you arrive, the more fun you can have in places like Rover’s Kennel (where you’ll find free face painting and fruit bags from McDonald’s) or The GAME Room. You’ll definitely see me there at some point.
7pm Read out the team sheets! One lucky child aged 16 or under can enjoy reading out the Rovers team on the FanZone stage if you ask the presenter nicely. Make sure you shout them out nice and loud!
7.35pm Guard of honour. We’re delighted to welcome children who have been granted the privilege of forming tonight’s pitchside flag parade thanks to our friendship with the excellent local organisation Abu Hanifah Foundation. We look forward to seeing your display!
7.42pm The teams emerge! Let’s make a lot of noise and make sure the Fleetwood players are suitably frightened by the experience on this Halloween night!
Blackburn Rovers v Portsmouth (Saturday October 21st)
10am Roverstore opens. The best place to purchase your cuddly Rover the Dog toys!
11am Blues Bar opens. Make sure you sign up for matchday membership! Food available from midday.
12pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. Free entry for all the family. So much fun happens here on the Blackburn End second floor on matchdays!
12.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. The stage, bar and burger van will all be open and ready for business from this time, with Chelsea v Watford live on the big screen.
1pm I arrive! I can’t wait to say hello to all my biggest fans as I wander around the ground!
1.15pm The penalty shoot-out challenge begins. Head to the corner of the Jack Walker Stand and the Blackburn End where our speed of shot test will be up and running, with prizes for taking part.
1.30pm Turnstiles open. Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand ticket holders can enjoy bonus features like the consoles in The GAME Room and the free McDonald’s fruit bags and face painting in Rover’s Kennel, where I snooze during the week!
2pm Zoe Unsworth on stage. Zoe put in two star turns for us last season in the Foster’s FanZone, so we can’t wait to welcome her back! The teenage singer/songwriter was a nominee at the Unsigned Music Awards last year and has performed at venues such as the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford, as well as supporting the likes of Georgie Fame, Scouting for Girls and The Lightning Seeds. You’ll find her online at zoeunsworth.co.uk or follow @zoeumusic on Twitter.
2.25pm Read out the team sheets! We’d like to give one lucky child the first reading of the team sheets anywhere in the stadium! Join us on the FanZone stage if you’re up to the challenge.
2.50pm Guard of honour. A warm welcome to Llysfaen Junior Football Club who have travelled from north Wales to enjoy being part of today’s matchday activities, including the touchline flag parade that greets the teams.
2.57pm The teams emerge. The best behaved of the Llysfaen youngsters also enjoy the honour and privilege of leading out the Rovers team as our player escorts.
3pm Kick-off! Make sure you cheer our boys towards a vital three points.
3.50pm Half-time penalties. If they haven’t had enough fun already, the junior players from Llysfaen will be back on the pitch to try and score (or save) penalties for the crowd’s enjoyment.
Below are the quiz answers from the Plymouth Argyle programme. Well done to everyone who got the questions correct.
1. Charlton Athletic vs Doncaster Rovers
2. Southend United
4. Kieffer Moore
But can you beat quiz master Rover the Dog for a second time? Let’s see if you can answer these five questions correctly ... only this time, it will not just be specifically about League One.
1. Who has been appointed the new manager of Oldham Athletic?
2. Who scored Rovers' goal against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night?
3. Which team did Manchester United beat in the Champions League earlier this week?
4. Everton faced a French team in the Europa League on Thursday night ... name that team?
5. Which Premier League club parted company with their manager after a home draw against West Bromwich Albion?
Blackburn Rovers v Plymouth Argyle (Tuesday October 17th)
12pm- As the clock strikes noon the doors for Blues Bar opens, so if you can get away from work early, this is the place to be ahead of kick-off.
5pm - Strikers’ Lounge opens. Fun for all the family with pool, table football, consoles and board games for the youngsters, plus a bar for adults! Free entry via the Blackburn End reception.
5.30pm - The Foster’s FanZone opens. Don’t miss our mix of music, team news and Rovers chat on the stage, while the bar will be open for business too. It’s covered so you can enjoy the entertainment in all weathers.
6pm - Penalty shoot-out challenge starts. If it is not raining, find our inflatable goal in the corner of the Jack Walker Stand and Blackburn End and you could win prizes for your shooting accuracy.
6.15pm - I arrive! I’ll be outside the ground or taking a look at the Strikers’ Lounge and the Roverstore until around 7.15pm, when you can catch me inside the stadium.
6.30pm - Concourses open and the standout news for this evening’s game is the GAME Community Cup! Playing the popular FIFA 18 game, if you enter you have a chance to win a medal and prizes. To find out more, please pop on by to The GAME Room, situated within the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Stand. You can also have fun in my Kennel in the same area, which offers free fruit bags and face painting thanks to McDonald’s.
7pm - Read out the team sheets! If you think you’re going to be the next star football commentator, come and get some early experience by volunteering to read out the teams in the FanZone! It’s a first-come first-served offer for any under-16s.
7.35pm - Guard of honour. The lucky children from St. Leonard’s Primary School will be lining the touchline with their flags.
7.42pm - The teams emerge alongside the player escorts from Clitheroe Wolves! I want to hear you all raising the roof as the two sides enter the pitch!
7.45pm - Kick-off.
8.35pm - Half-time penalties. The selected pupils from St. Leonard’s Primary School will be back on the pitch to show us how well they can strike a dead ball. I may even join them …
For our puzzle this week, let’s test your League One knowledge once again. All the answers will be revealed in the Portsmouth programme on Saturday. Good luck!
- Last Saturday, a referee unfortunately collided with a player leaving him with concussion. Luckily the official is ok, but which game did this happen in?
- Which team had to walk 25 minutes from the train station to the opponent’s stadium last weekend?
- Steve Lovell is currently caretaker manager at one of our League One competitors. Name the club?
- Who is currently the division’s leading goalscorer?
- In what year did Rovers last play Plymouth in a competitive league fixture?
Blackburn Rovers v Gillingham - Saturday September 30th.
10am - Roverstore opens.
I love this place – it’s the only shop that I know of where you can buy a cuddly version of me!
11am - Blues Bar opens.
Food service starts from midday. Please grab a matchday membership to secure your entry.
12pm - Strikers’ Lounge opens.
You may see me up here if you pop in – entry is free for all families and is accessible via the main reception in the Blackburn End.
12.30pm - The Foster’s FanZone opens.
The bar will be open for business and the stage will be broadcasting all the latest music and Rovers-related news.
1pm - I arrive!
I’ll be meeting and greeting as many of you as possible. As you can see opposite, I’ve got a page of photos to fill for the next programme!
1.15pm - The Penalty Shoot-Out Challenge opens.
It’s in the corner where the Jack Walker Stand meets the Blackburn End. There are prizes to be won as you test the speed of your shot!
1.30pm - Turnstiles open.
Have you seen that we now have FIFA 18 on every console in The GAME Room? If you time it right, you may even get to play against me! Don’t miss the free fruit bags and face painting from McDonald’s in The GAME Room too.
1.50pm - Verity Kinnon on stage.
We’re delighted to have Verity back on stage, almost a year since she last performed here against Ipswich Town last October. Since then, she has made it to the X-Factor boot camp and performed at the Blackpool lights switch on, so we can’t wait to hear her new set for us this afternoon as she continues to raise her profile as a rising star. Search @veritykinnon on Twitter and Instagram for more about today’s star turn.
2.15pm - Read out the team sheets!
If you’re 16 or under, get to the FanZone stage for the chance to be today’s team announcer and take home a goodie bag for your efforts!
2.50pm - Guard of honour.
I hope that the children from Avondale Primary School in Darwen have been practising their technique on how to best wave a flag in front of thousands of people.
2.57pm - The teams emerge
Today our Rovers team is being led out by a group of lucky (and talented) children from this summer’s Football Camp, who won the chance to walk out hand-in-hand with our players as part of our Rovers Idol skills challenge.
3pm - Kick-off!
More of the same atmosphere as Tuesday night, please!
3.50pm - Half-time penalties:
If their arms aren’t too tired from all the flag waving before the game, it’s time for the children from Avondale Primary School to show us how good they are with their feet, as they take the challenge on the pitch.
28th July 2017
Meeting the little pups of Blackburn
Did you know that we run Baby Sensory sessions in Strikers' Lounge two days a week? It has been so successful on Thursdays that we've now had to expand the concept to Mondays too!
I went along this week to meet the first group of babies that are enjoying being brought along by mums, dads, grandparents, guardians and other family members, using creative play facilities to interract with other little people who are just learning to roll or crawl, as well as enjoying playing with lights, listening to music or joining in with group fun.
When I turned up, the reaction was lovely. Being the biggest dog in Blackburn, I was very pleased that rather than being scared of me (I only heard two little whimpers out of the dozens that were there!), most of the babies were intrigued by me, either stroking my soft and cuddly fur, or even giving me a big kiss as one of the lovely ladies did!
It was really nice to see all the excitement and anticipation in the lounge as all of these newly born people start out on the adventures that their lives will bring.
I just hope that by having me turning up in my lovely Rovers colours that they'll all grow up to be big fans of blue and white halves! Fingers (or paws) crossed these little pups will grow up to share my love of Blackburn Rovers.
If you'd like to know more about Baby Sensory (and see a few photos of me with all the cute babies), take a look at their Facebook page.
10th July 2017
The Big Event was bigger than me!
I like to think that I'm the biggest attraction here at Ewood Park, but there was something that proved to be even bigger than me as we hosted The Big Event this morning!
I was handed a very colourful South African flag to wave in front of around 3,500 children, because the morning celebrated the connection between the Dioceses of Blackburn and Bloemfontein - we even had some visitors who had flown in all that way to help lead the fun.
It was a faith led event, but it was open to children from all backgrounds, and I was so pleased to see them all getting on so well together, as all the visiting schools sat side by side.
Even though the action was all happening just a short walkies from my kennel in the Blackburn End, I'm really pleased that St James' Church in Lower Darwen - who led a lot of the planning alongside the people here at Ewood Park - were kind enough to invite me. I even got chance to climb onto the special stage that they put up where the Blackburn End goal would normally be!
We held a very similar event early last season which was just as successful, so I'm really pleased to see that we're able to use our stadium on non-matchdays for nice events like this, which was aimed at teaching local school children about tolerance, understanding and acceptance.
We were so keen to explain that message that we even let a Burnley fan come on stage and play the role of a hero in a brilliant short play with the Bishop! I'll have to remember to invite Bertie Bee next time...