Ewood Park, Blackburn
Saturday May 14, kick off 12:40
United have got 7,00 tickets in the entire length of both upper and lower tiers of the Darwen End (pictured right).
They cost £37 for adults, £26 for over 65s and £16 for under 16s.
All away-end tickets have been sold and posted out.
Anyone who has not got their ticket at this stage should call United on 0161 868 8000 and arrange for their ticket to be posted out by special delivery for an extra £5.30.
Tickets are on sale in the home end to people with a booking history with Blackburn Rovers. Detailshere.
It will be a mixed day of light winds, light cloud and moderate sunshine and heavy rain showers, with a high of 13C/55F and a low of 7C/45F.
Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2HD will show the match live, with the show starting at 12:30.
Car – £13.
If you’re driving to the match and are using a satnav or an internet routeplanner, use the destination postcode BB2 4JF.
It takes about 45 minutes to get there from Manchester and will cost about £10 in petrol for a return journey.
There are two ways to get there, the first being the M61, then the M65, then the A666 and the second being the M66, then the M65 and then the A666. Either way it’s very easy. Leave the M65 at junction 4 for Darwen.
Parking – free
If you arrive early, street parking isn’t a problem. The best streets to park are a five-minute walk away from the ground towards Darwen (so away from Blackburn Town Centre).
Anywhere in the Jack Walker Way and Oakdale area will be fine before 12:45ish. Use the postcode BB2 4JJ to get there.
Otherwise, there are quite a few paid-for car parks just off the A666 charging about £3 per car. Our preferred one is on Branch Road, as it allows you easy access onto Sandy Lane and then the M61 after the match.
Train – £6.80
You can either get off at Blackburn and walk for 20 minutes down a hill or get off at Darwen and walk for 15 minutes up a hill.
We recommend the latter because it’s a slightly shorter train journey and you pass better pubs on the way up to the ground.
At Manchester Victoria (pictured above), ask for a day return. It will cost £6.80
To the match
It’s quite straightforward. Trains leave Manchester Victoria at:
08:00, 08:29, 09:00, 09:29, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 arrive at Darwen 41 minutes later. Don’t leave after 11:00
When you arrive, come out of the station, turn right, and walk right up Bolton Road until you reach the ground on your right.
From the match
Trains leave Darwen at:
One problem with this is that many reds will have walked up to Blackburn station (pictured right) and the train that stops at Darwen comes from Blackburn, so the train might be full by the time it reaches Darwen.
Trains leave Blackburn roughly 10 minutes before they arrive in Darwen.
Coach – £12
On behalf of United, Thomas Cook Sport is running coaches, but they are all sold out.
To book, email your name, contact phone number and required number of places firstname.lastname@example.org ooking details.
But it’s never been our favourite pre-match drinking choice. It gets packed early, it attracts idiots and, unsurprisingly, it attracts more police than the G20 Summit protests.
When it’s full, the pub serves cans of Carling from a marquee outside,
One of our favourites is The Fox and Hounds off Albion Road, which is a two-minute walk from the ground right by McDonald’s.
It’s a home fans only pub, but if you don’t wear colours, you should get in okay and the locals are friendly enough anyway. The lager is good and you get served surprisingly quick in the run up to kick off.
But there’s three heading the other way, towards Darwen that we quite like.
The Hindle Arms (pictured right), at 18 Raikes Bridge is off the beaten track, but you can enjoy a decent, quiet pint there pree match.
Alternatively, you could try The Blackamoor Inn which is on the same road a bit further down or The Golden Cup at 610 Blackburn Road (just underneath the motorway bridge) which tends to get pretty busy on matchdays, but has a good atmosphere.