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Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers
Saturday, December 15th 2013, 3pm
  Championship League
Cameron Ormerod
(Bolton fan)

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

I was looking forward to this game, predominantly because Wigan are our local rivals and fixtures between the two clubs have recently been 'hotting up'. 

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

We got off the train at Wigan Wallgate and followed the rest of the Bolton fans. We took a short cut alongside a canal and we found the ground easily. The walk was around 20 minute so it was fairly short.

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

There was a chippy near the stadium, however the queue was huge so we didn't go in, we just went straight onto the ground. The police obviously wanted us in the away end quickly because they were hassling us about not getting into trouble, which was a bit annoying, but it's what you expect on a local derby.

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

The ground it's self is not too impressive, but by Championship standards it's good. Nothing to write home about really. The away end is just one tier but it's quite high up and I sat right near the back. I prefer the single tier stands because it feels like you're all together in a huge group.

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

We lost the game 3-2. First half performance was shocking so we deserved it really. The Bolton fans were in full voice (until Wigan's second) and there was a corner on the left hand side of the away end where some Wigan fans congregated and sang, the rest were quiet, there was plenty of banter between us and that corner though. However there were some missiles thrown and lots of smoke bombs let off in both stands and a few fans from both teams were ejected which made the atmosphere quite hostile.

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

We got a police escort from the ground to the station and because trains between Bolton and Wigan are normally comprised of two carriages we had to wait for a bit whilst they added some more carriages to the train, as there was about 1,500 bolton fans waiting. I encountered no problems but I did hear a lot of police sirens so I guess there was some post-match hostilities somewhere in Wigan.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

In conclusion, it was a good day out but unfortunately it was not a good game. .

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