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Pubs gearing up for East Lancashire derby

Lancashire Telegraph: Pubs gearing up for East Lancashire derby Pubs gearing up for East Lancashire derby

WITH Blackburn Rovers’ crunch derby against Burnley being live on Sky tomorrow, thousands across East Lancashire will pile into their local to watch the action.

A bumper crowd of more than 20,000 is expected at Ewood Park for the East Lancashire derby.

But with the TV cameras rolling into town, many will enjoy the comforts of the pub while watching the match in which Burnley will attempt to beat their bitter rivals for the first time in 35 years.

Gary Skinner, manager of The Knowles Arms in Pleckgate Road, Blackburn, said he was anticipating quite a few people would watch the game in the pub.

He said: “I am hoping we will get a few in. We often get fans in before the games who go to Ewood so there probably won’t be as many as there were for the away fixture.

“I expect there will be something of a lively atmosphere, which is great as that is what pubs are all about with groups of lads watching their team in action.

“It will probably get busy later on when, hopefully, they come back here to celebrate.”

In Darwen, The Bridgewater pub in Church Street will be opening an hour early so fans can watch the game.

Manager Adam Hulme said: “We are raring to go and expecting a big turnout.

“We will only be allowing Blackburn fans in as it is such a high-profile game.

“It should get the day off to a good start and we will be showing the Manchester City v Wigan match straight afterwards.”

The White Lion in Clitheroe attracts fans from both sides of the derby.

Landlady Claire Ellis said: “Hopefully we’ll have a few in and there will probably be a 50/50 split between Burnley and Rovers fans.

“It should all be good-natured banter, but that could depend on the result!

“We are Rovers fans but for the sake of the pub being peaceful I would prefer a draw.”

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10:58pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Openminded? says...

Whilst I enjoy football and watching it. Drink and football do not go together, for all those out there, behave yourselves and dont act animals.
Whilst I enjoy football and watching it. Drink and football do not go together, for all those out there, behave yourselves and dont act animals. Openminded?
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8:07am Sun 9 Mar 14

golazzo says...

Clitheroe will be like World War 3 come full time if it's not a draw
Clitheroe will be like World War 3 come full time if it's not a draw golazzo
  • Score: 3

9:45am Sun 9 Mar 14

Frontal Lobotomy says...

Burnley on paper should stroll this game,but take into consideration it being a derby game,also Burnley's poor record against basta---.,or sorry I mean Blackburn. Anything could happen! Just lets keep the rivalry as good hearted as possible,after all,hopefully we are football fans as well as team supporters!
Burnley on paper should stroll this game,but take into consideration it being a derby game,also Burnley's poor record against basta---.,or sorry I mean Blackburn. Anything could happen! Just lets keep the rivalry as good hearted as possible,after all,hopefully we are football fans as well as team supporters! Frontal Lobotomy
  • Score: 3

12:56pm Sun 9 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Warning I am wandering around a few pubs for for this game, checking for the little glass in the corner of the screen.
Be rest assured landlords who don't have one will be getting reported.
Warning I am wandering around a few pubs for for this game, checking for the little glass in the corner of the screen. Be rest assured landlords who don't have one will be getting reported. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -1

2:45pm Sun 9 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh well Rovers didn't win never mind. However I found I pub showing the game without the pint glass in the corner.
Thats at least one place with a heavy fine and possibly license in jepordy.
If you people know of a place that's frauding sky. Contact ID Enquires on 0845 4345055.
Be a law abiding citizens.
Oh well Rovers didn't win never mind. However I found I pub showing the game without the pint glass in the corner. Thats at least one place with a heavy fine and possibly license in jepordy. If you people know of a place that's frauding sky. Contact ID Enquires on 0845 4345055. Be a law abiding citizens. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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