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Premier League  v Aston Villa 
Saturday, October 26th 2008, 4pm
Alex Payne

I was looking forward to this game because this was my first away game with Villa this season and with a match ticket at just 25 I just had to go!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

The journey to the ground was fairly easy, straight up the M6 on the Villa supporters coaches. However once we got into Wigan traffic was very slow. The bus parked just outside the away stand.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

At first me and my mate decided to go straight in the ground but having walked a few 100 yards we passed a pub/leisure centre and with the Chelsea v Liverpool we decided to have a look inside. I gave my friend some money to get the drinks in. They were  cheap, 2.50 for a pint of Carling. We stayed in the pub that long (until half time). There was a good mixture of Villa and Wigan fans. The Wigan fans were all very friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground:

The ground looked spectacular from outside and the inside didn't disappoint. Our view was great and the concourses although a little tight were fairly decent. The alcohol selection was limited and was 2.80 for have a pint, a little more expensive than the pub outside the ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was played at a good pace and it was Wigan who had the better start until the 22nd minute when a Villa couter attack led to a penalty and a first goal. The rest of the half was fairly even. The second have Wigan made a few opportunities and looked like they were going to score next. However Villa took a 2 goal lead on roughly 60 minutes and found themselves 3 up five minutes later. Sidwell added a good goal on 88 to finish the game off. The atmosphere was good from both supporters until our 3rd were we really outsang them. The stewards were hardly noticable until the end of the game. The steak pie was lush as had been raved about many weeks before from lots of different people!!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground afterwards was easy and were back in Birmingham at around 8:30.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

On summary This was a great day out and I would recomend this to all football fans. Good atmosphere, Good pub and laid back stewarding gave this ground a special feeling. Overall I would say an 8/10

 


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