ANOTHER pub favoured by Blackburn Rovers fans on the way to Ewood Park on match days is up for sale.

The Wellington, in Livesey Branch Road, has been put on the market by pub company Admiral Taverns which says the move is a way of it “assessing all options” for the pub.

Within walking distance of the Rovers home ground, the pub is normally filled with energy on match days while being filled with locals the rest of the time.

The pub has taken a huge hit in the past year due to the lockdown and additional measures Blackburn has faced which has left Rovers playing behind closed doors for more 12 months.

Cllr Maureen Bateson said that the pub was one of the first in a Rovers pub crawl and that it was disappointing to see that pubs in the Ewood Park area have struggled from not only losing their usual trade but also losing their match day trade.

She said: “We have lost so many pubs in the area that would have been what a lot of Rovers fan would have called the circuit.

“The Wellington pub in itself has always been a very community based pub and served its local community.

“I know they have done everything but it’s such a difficult time.

“What used to be a thriving area of pubs has almost become a ghost town of pubs.”

In 2009, the Oak Tree, in Livesey Branch Road, became a Tesco Express to the dismay of many locals who would stop off on their way to Ewood Park.

Former fans’ favourite Uncle Jacks in Lower Darwen was shut in November 2019, however plans have recently been proposed to turn it into a bar and bistro.

The landlord of the Fox and Hounds, within spitting distance of Ewood, has also pulled down the shutters of the pub.

However, Ben Jordan and his partner Robyn Laxton took over the Brown Cow in December can't wait to reopen the Livesey Branch Road pub.

Admiral Taverns said its focus was on its licensees running a ‘sustainable pub business’.

A spokesperson said: “We are currently assessing all options for The Wellington.

“Our focus is always on helping our licensees to run sustainable pub businesses and we are currently investigating the best options for the long-term future of the site.”