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Wigan Athletic v Leeds United
Saturday, April 5th 2014, 12.30pm
  Championship League
Josh Grainger
(Leeds United fan)

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

It was probably going to be my last away day of the season so that was the main reason for my excitement. I'd never been to Wigan before so was looking forward to seeing another new ground, as well as seeing the 4,000 or so Leeds fans making a racket.

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

I got the train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly and then from there to Wigan Wallgate. From the station, it took about a 20 minute walk to get to the ground, which is fairly easy to find thanks to signposts.

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

I'd heard that one of Wigan's specialties was a "Pie Butty" so I was keen to try it, however I was disappointed to find out the chippy right next to the away end was closed for some unknown reason. The Leeds fans were given a bar underneath the away end called "The Marquee" to drink in before the game. It was very posh inside and had tele's and the such. To be honest on the walk to and around the ground there seemed to be more Leeds fans than home one's, but those we came across just minded their own business.

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

I'd seen the ground on tele before so knew what to expect, and wasn't too surprised when I got there. A plain looking stadium, which has four separate stands all the same height and empty corners which lets the atmosphere escape in my opinion. The away end was standard really, the concourse really should be made bigger as at half time even the stewards couldn't move in it.

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

Leeds lost the game 1-0, but in a dull run of form it was one of the better performances we've shown. The atmosphere was poor in the home end, excluding one block next to the Leeds fans who had a drum. Stewards were as friendly as can be expected.

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

The Leeds fans weren't kept behind, so the walk back to the station was quite crowded, but nothing out of the ordinary. The train back was the funnest part of the day, after discovering Cellino's takeover had gone through, Leeds fans were in good spirits and once we returned to Manchester for the next train, we took the opportunity to tell the station what we thought of the Red side of the city.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out, but strikes me as one of the away days that suits teams with large followings, if there had only be 300 or so away fans, then it wouldn't be much fun.

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