Rovers CEO Steve Waggott has addressed why the club was unable to come to a reciprocal ticket price agreement with Leeds United ahead of the upcoming clash at Ewood Park.

The fixture takes place on Saturday, December 9 and has been moved to a 12.30pm kick-off on the advice of local police. Rovers have handed out a massive 7,337 away allocation.

Tickets are priced at £30 for travelling fans and home supporters who sit in the Riverside Stand, Blackburn End, Jack Walker Family Stand or the Jack Walker Lower.

Leeds claimed in an club statement that they had tried to agree a lower reciprocal price, which would have also seen cheaper tickets for the return fixture at Elland Road later in the season.

Waggott was asked about the matter at the latest fan forum meeting. The minutes read: “(Mike Graham) asked for an explanation as to why the club had not been able to reach a satisfactory reciprocal ticketing pricing agreement with Leeds United, particularly as Preston had just announced a deal.

“SW replied that the club had made efforts to reach an agreement that would provide a good deal for the club whilst also providing much needed funds for the club. A full Darwen End would provide around £150,000 to the club.

“(Fraser Read) stated that the club had actually offered exactly the same deal as Leeds had agreed with Preston, but Leeds had not accepted it.

“(Kenny Hodkinson) stated that it was possible to go to an away game in the Premier League for £30 but not at some grounds in the Championship. SW felt that the Football Supporters’ Association should be taking some action/holding discussions on ticket prices charged by teams like Leeds and some other clubs.

“He pointed out that the club had recently been able to reach reciprocal arrangements with both Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday.”