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Wigan Athletic v Sunderland
Saturday, January 19th 2013, 3pm
Premier League
By Matty Atkinson
(Sunderland fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

This was to be my first away game, so I was very excited about it. Wigan is one of the shorter distances from Sunderland so it was not such a long journey. I knew that I was going to enjoy it and had been looking forward to it all week. I know Sunderland take big followings everywhere and after hearing that we sold out 5000 tickets within days of going on sale i knew it would be a great atmosphere well at least in the away stand!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I left a very snowy north east at 9am on a supporters coach arranged by the Love Supreme fanzine. It was a bit slow getting out of the north east but when we got past Scotch Corner we were soon flying and we made it to the DW two hours before kick off! The parking was easy a very big away car park. On the plus side with my coach being there first we parked near the exit so got away after the game in minutes unlike other coaches that quite a bit of time to get out.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

When I got off the coach did not really know where to go and followed the crowd of Sunderland fans and ended up in the DW Sports Bar for a few drinks. After that we went in to the Marquee Bar by the away entrance, The Marquee Bar is actually part of the stadium and I thought that this was a great feature of the stadium. Did not really talk to or interact with any of the home fans except for a few choice words after the game when a few Wigan fans decided to throw snowballs at the coach!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

To be honest I thought the ground was going to be better as it is a modern stadium, and it was a very 'bog standard' ground with four separate stands. The only thing that stood out for me from the stadium was the Marquee, simply because not a lot of the other grounds have a place such as this for away fans only to go to.

Entrance To The Marquee Bar

Marquee Bar Entrance DW

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was great, with Sunderland being 3-1 up at half time. It was a bit nervy in the second half with Wigan getting a goal back, but we managed to hold on for a 3-2 win. The atmosphere from the Sunderland fans was great, singing for the whole game. The Wigan fans who only sang when they scored and that was only from a small group who also possessed a very annoying drum. The stewards were very laid off and let us stand the game with out any problem. They searched my bag on the way in but that is what you expect.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very easy and quick as the coach parked at front of car park straight home no traffic.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day out recommend this to any football fan, great day out great atmosphere and a good laugh.

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