you were looking forward to going to the
After years of travelling up and down the
nation to follow the hammers, I'd become a
fanatic. New football grounds had become an
addiction for me and the DW was high on list
to go to. The game held special significance
for my club - we had to win. If we didn't we
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The club ran a free coach service for the
game, so I was driven from Upton Park to The
DW. Ordinarily, I am a train goer and
my friends have told me that the ground is
easy to get to from the station. Coaches
park in a car park one minute from the
ground. The journey from London was
relatively traffic free.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Hot Dog stands are situated around the
ground and to my surprise, at very cheap
prices. A large hot dog was £2 from
the vendor outside the away end. Being
younger than drinking age means I didn't
purchase alcohol from the sports lounge/bar
by the car park. I did go inside to use the
facilities however. The pub seemed to allow
both sets of fans inside.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
The view from outside the ground is similar
to most modern grounds in all honesty.
Simple, relatively clean & generally
dull. Once inside the atmosphere was great.
It was like a carnival, with people throwing
inflatable beach balls around. Once I left
the underside of the stand and took my
seats, one can see how small the ground is.
It is 1 tier all the way round and the stand
to ones left is slightly restricted with an
advert on the seats separating fans (when
the stands aren't joined).
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Final Result: Wigan 3-2 West Ham United
The result was harsh on the hammers, but
summed up the season perfectly. Our
inability to keep a lead was evident on that
day. We were 2-0 up in the first half with 2
goals from Demba Ba. This with the news that
Fulham were winning too sent the stand into
Wigan's introduction of Connor Sammon was
great one. He scored a tap in, and Charles
N'Zogbia scored a free-kick which was
destined to fly in. In the 90th minute,
Robert Green had a calamitous moment and
Wigan had winner. We were relegated. The
final whistle blew, and the Wigan fans
invaded the pitch taunting us hammers (who
had many stewards and police in the stand
and on the edge of the pitch to prevent
anything escalating), which was a bit
annoying considering that Wigan weren't
still safe from relegation themselves.
The facilities are basic. The toilets are
small, and there isn't a great deal of space
in the concourse. The atmosphere was the
best I have ever seen (from West Ham), due
to the occasion more than the hospitality.
Wigan's fans were non-existent until the
final whistle had blown.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
It was slow getting out of the ground
itself, but once out of the stadium, one was
free to get on the coach which had a police
escort to motorway. We were gone very
quickly. The only positive of the day in
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Horrific. That was down to the football more
than the hospitality in all honesty. The
ground was mediocre to be polite. The
concourse is far too small. The programme
was decent. The prices of the tickets
weren't a rip off, that said, they weren't
cheap either. I'd go there again, no doubt.
The steward outside the ground are friendly