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Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough
Sunday, August 25th 2013, 3pm
  Championship League
Alex Royal
(Middlesbrough fan)

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

I was looking forward to the game as it was a relatively cheap away. (For me, at least, aged 17!) Also Wigan had just been relegated from the premier league, so I thought that I would go along to the DW to cheer on the Boro, one of the other reasons i went was because the tickets were very reasonably priced. £5 for under 16's, £10 For 16-18's, full time students and over 65's. Adults were £15.

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

As I got the club bus there, I didn’t have to worry about finding parking, the ground was well signposted, the first sign being just before the turnoff for Wigan on the M62. The coach parked in a car park about a 500 yards walk from the ground, a quick walk. although the home fans recommend getting the bus from the stations as the ground is quite a way out of town.

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

As I do every away game, I buy a beanie hat or a cap from the club shop, it’s sort of my memento to say ‘I’ve been to that ground'. After that, i bought my programme from a seller, who turned out to be very chatty and jolly, which i thought was nice.

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

The away end was situated in the North Stand. Providing a good view of the action behind the goal. Middlesbrough were attacking the south end in the 1st half. so in the second half, I had a brilliant view of Boro's second goal.

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

Overall, I thought that it was a thoroughly enjoyable game, end-to-end. It ended in a 2-2 draw, which was a fair result. The stewards were very friendly, they didn’t mind where you sat, it was a ‘sit anywhere’ policy; which was nice. In the first half I sat near the back, whereas for the second half, I got to the front row. The catering facilities were very good, with a pie costing around £2 reasonably priced too, although this is expected for a modern ground.

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

There was a large police presence in the away end, after the game, the fans were escorted by police back to the coaches. Smooth journey back to Teesside.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very enjoyable day out, reasonably priced tickets and coach travel. Great away day.

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