1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
I was looking forward to this game, predominantly
because Wigan are our local rivals and fixtures
between the two clubs have recently been 'hotting
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
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
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
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
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
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. .