1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Sunderland always take a good away crowd to most
places so I was looking forward to a good day out
with a good atmosphere. Wigan is also our second
closest away day after Newcastle so this could
almost technically be seen as a derby clash! I
have been to the DW once before in 2007 (3-0
defeat) and was looking forward to seeing us win
there having been on a decent run in the league.
Lancashire away days are always days I look
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The weather conditions weren't great with heavy
snow in the North East during the week, we went
down by mini bus and got to Wigan at 1pm.
Had a pint in a local pub 10 minutes from the DW
then back onto the minibus where we accidentally
parked at a fire station! We were obviously moved
on but ended up parking the bus next to the chippy
behind the away end!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Had a few pints 10 minutes from the DW, can't
remember the places name but was friendly and
welcoming. Didn't really interact with many home
fans with us getting to the ground at 2.50pm. With
something that happens at most away grounds, the
home fans closest to the away end tend to make
suggestive gestures in the direction of the
visiting supporters. Wigan was no differente but
I'd never take this as a reflection on all the
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
On my previous visit I wasn't that impressed with
the DW, this visit done nothing to change my mind.
It's a decent looking stadium, your bog standard
new ground with four sides surrounded by a
soulless retail park with no pubs. The concourses
are very cramped and unorganised, especially with
5,000 away fans there, in this day and age I
really don't think you should have to push and
force yourself to get to where you want to be. One
other slight grievance I had was the match ticket
had the wrong access gate printed on it.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Game was good, Sunderland were 3-1 up at half
time. We made difficult work of it in the second
half but scraped the 3-2 win. Atmosphere from the
away end was superb, didn't have any interaction
with the stewards other than asking for directions
to my seat, they didn't seem to be bothered we
were standing the whole game. I'd read a lot about
the Wigan pies beforehand, reviews saying they
were some of the best in the country but I have to
admit I was disappointed. The Pooles steak pie was
pretty tasteless. The queues on the concourse were
huge, service was slow and it took me nearly the
whole of half time to get served. The kiosk wasn't
very well placed from the area of the ground I was
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
After some misinformation on where our bus was
now, we eventually got to it. We left when the
crowd around us cleared but still took us 10
minutes or so to get out of the DW area.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
The DW has it's issues but that's unlikely to
change. Wigan away is a good day out like most
Lancashire away days, Wigan are a credit to the
Premier and they would be missed if they were