Claret convoy en-route to Ewood

Burnley fans queue to board the buses at Turf Moor ahead of their clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Burnley fans queue to board the buses at Turf Moor ahead of their clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

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A CLARET and blue queue of 4,000 hopeful Burnley fans snaked around Turf Moor as they waited to board buses to carry them to Blackburn and one of the fiercest football derbies in the country.

A mixture of sleet, rain and expectation hung in the air as the fans climbed aboard more than 40 coaches this morning to travel to Ewood Park for Burnley’s eagerly awaited clash with arch rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Burnley fans queue to board the buses at Turf Moor ahead of their clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Burnley fans queue to board the buses at Turf Moor ahead of their clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Just three points separates the East Lancashire neighbours in the Championship with both sides desperate for victory in a season of upheaval for both.

The mood was upbeat as fans decked out in claret and blue waited patiently to board the buses. And the atmosphere was jovial with some wearing chicken hats as a light-hearted reference to Blackburn’s Indian chicken farmer owners the Venkys.

Amid tight security, the first coaches set off led by police motorbike riders at around 10-15am.

Follow live updates from the match Ewood Park from 12-30pm here at the Burnley Express website.

Burnley fans queue to board the buses at Turf Moor ahead of their clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Burnley fans queue to board the buses at Turf Moor ahead of their clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.