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Matchday timetable: It's Community Trust takeover day!

Find out everything that's going on at Ewood Park on Saturday for the big Championship clash!

8 March 2019

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What's going on at Ewood throughout Saturday? We host Preston North End at Ewood Park and here's our matchday timetable for the main event against Alex Neil's side...

Opening Times...

09:00 Roverstore

09:30 Blues

10:00 Foster's FanZone

10:00 Strikers' Lounge

10:30 Concourses

What's On...

09:30 The FanZone stage begins its broadcast, with the bar opening 30 minutes later. As we're celebrating our Blackburn Rovers Community Trust awareness day, listen out for plenty of chat with the staff that make the charity tick.

09:45 The first 'Bring A Pound To The Ground' bucket collectors take their places, with any proceeds you kindly donate helping us to fund Blackburn Rovers representative disability teams for tournaments or one-off fixtures.

10:00 If you received a World Book Day voucher on Thursday through your school, come and visit the special stall in the FanZone today, where you can exchange your voucher for a free book! The partnership has been brought to life by The National Literacy Trust and WH Smith for the benefit of local young readers.

10:15 Rovers Return tickets go on sale, with a minimum jackpot of £1,000 up for grabs today! The more you buy, the higher your chances of winning and the more proceeds that make their way in to the club's Academy.

10:30 We hope to welcome a very special guest to the FanZone around this time, with PNE fan Janice Johnstone ending a charity run from Deepdale to Ewood Park at the Blackburn End. It's the third consecutive Rovers v North End game that she's undertaken the challenge in aid of a worthy cause and this season it's in aid of Rory Curzon-Smith, who was born four months premature and is now tackling complex sensory, neurological and mobility issues, as well as chronic lung disease. You can support Rory's Rec Fund by clicking here.

10:45 Check out two amazing football freestylers in the FanZone, with Samuel Lord (who made the top 16 at the Ultimate Freestyle Competition 2018) and Yiannos Sofroniou (top 32 at Superball 2015) showing us how it's done.

11:00 Today's live headline act is Alexandra Parker, who will be live on the FanZone stage to perform her range of great tracks that saw her chosen to support Gabrielle last year. The talented musician ñ who plays guitar, ukulele, piano and drums ñ has also performed at numerous festivals and solo gigs.

11:25 More from today's visiting freestylers in the FanZone, before they make their way to pitchside to entertain the Family Stand crowd around five minutes later.

11:30 Team news time in the FanZone! As ever, we're inviting a junior supporter, aged 16 or under, to come and read out the line-ups to the crowd, first come, first served.

11:50 Clitheroe Wolves U8, Wilpshire Wanderers girls and other local community groups will form today's guard of honour.

11:57 The cauldron of noise for the teams will also be greeting our matchday mascot Tom Perplus, player escorts from Accrington U10s and today's referee mascot Jacob Middleton.

12:48 Today's Rovers Return draw will be conducted by club CEO Steve Waggott, who will talk to the crowd about the importance of the Community Trust's work.

15:00 Popular performer Chris Hinnigan will be back in Blues post-match to provide this afternoon's live musical offering.

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