1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
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
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
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
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
5. Comment on the game
itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities
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
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.