were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be)?
previously been to the DW I had found it
an easy ground to get both in and out of
by car (not rail) and also easy to acquire
a ticket in the away end due to the large
4,400 allocation given to visiting
was your journey/finding the ground/car
travelled by train we arrived at Wigan
North Western station around 3 hours
before kick-off. Be warned: directions to
the ground aren’t signposted and it is a
good 15-20 minute walk, so make sure you
have the diections handy from this
website, or by using Google Maps.
did before the game pub/chippy.... home
We ate in
one of the numerous fast food outlets on
the surrounding retail park and although
busy, service was fast and they could cope
with the crowds. The home fans were fine
and we could comfortably walk around in
our Red and White arsenal colours and
Wigan is definitely one of the least
intimidating away games there is.
We also had a few pints in the designated
away fans pub the ‘Red Robin’ which is two
minutes walk away from the visitors
turnstiles, but the drinks were pricey and
the pub had no Sky tv to show the early
kick-off. However, beside the away end is
the entrance to a marquee/hospitality
suite which is free entry to away fans and
has Sky tv/drinks/food etc..
thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
concourse is accessed by a few flights of
stairs and is surprisingly narrow
considering the number of fans it
accommodates for. Again, this has all you
expect including screens showing latest
scores etc. Inside it was a fantastic view
mainly due to the steepness of the stand
which means you are right on top of the
action even at the back. However, the rest
of the stadium looks bland and due to the
home fans not selling out, plenty of empty
seats on show.
the game itself, atmosphere, stewards,
pies, toilets etc..
strolled out comfortable 4-0 winners
creating a fantastic atmosphere amongst us
away fans. However, the home supporters
were fairly silent throughout and the
empty seats detracted from the already
limited atmosphere. The stewards were fine
and no problems were encountered.
getting away from the ground after the
exiting the stadium the away fans looking
to travel back to the rail station were
directed to the right and followed a
partially-signposted route through an
industrial estate which had minimal
lighting in the darkness However the mass
of fans meant it was impossible to get
lost although this may be a concern of
fans with smaller followings. This route
came out directly by the rail station.
overall thoughts of the day out:
cheap tickets at £25 and a big away
following means it feels as though your
side is literally taking over the town and
stadium. The views of the action are
brilliant and unrestricted but the
atmosphere from the home fans can be
lacking and make for an unmemorable away
day added to the awkward journey to and
from the rail station.