1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
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
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
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
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 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.