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DW Stadium
Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United
Sunday, March 17th 2013, 4pm
Premier League
By Matthew Jackson
(Newcastle United fan)

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

It is always good to be going away with all the true fans, so was I was looking forward to another good away day. I was however unsure about the stadium and area and how it would accommodate for the vast number of Newcastle fans that would be attending.

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

The journey was fine. Motorway then dual carriageway all the way till you hit Wigan wheres its pretty straight forward and well sign posted to the DW Stadium. Parking is a little more difficult as they wouldn't let us park in the retail park next to the stadium so we parked on a side road instead. Somehow we missed the away fans car park at the stadium itself.

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

Good pub next to the ground where the fans mingled and the Geordies filled out. Since the stadium is located next to a retail park, there are lots of eating places including a chippy, so plenty of opportunities for food. Home fans were no trouble.

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

It is a modern ground, so lacked character, especially when you compare it to older ones in the League. Decent looking though once you get to your seat. However half time was a bit of a nightmare when going to the toilet. The concourse area under the stand was packed with people and there was a danger that some people could get crushed. Luckily no one was hurt, but a number of fans complained to the stewards about this, saying its dangerous.

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

Shocking game, Ref was terrible, Enough said there. There was a lack of atmosphere from the home supporters except a small section of home fans who had an annoying drum, however the Newcastle fans created a great atmosphere. Stewards were not too bad, there was the odd cocky one as always. Pies were decent and the prices were okay. Toilets locations were a joke as explained above at half time.

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

Was easy to get as everyone had the same objective of leaving the ground.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Decent away day, terrible game, average atmosphere, large police numbers outside checking every away fan. Possibility of being dangerous underneath the stands. Would return, but only to see NUFC and not the ground again. 

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