Wigan Athletic v
Monday, January 16th 2012, 8pm Premier
League By Robert
Allen (Manchester City
Why you were looking forward to going to the
After a couple of years of being nagged I
had decided this would be an ideal match for
my son Connor's first City away game.
Our recent away form hadn't been too hot so
we were expecting a response from the team.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We arrived by train and the directions on
this website meant it was easyand
using them meant we had zero problems
finding the stadium.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We called at a chippy situated the two
railway stations. The food was both
reasonable in cost and taste. Walking
down to the ground a couple of Wigan fans
asked what we thought would happen at the
game all pleasant enough, though I suspect
Connor being with me might have played a
part in it.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
The DW Stadium does look good from the
outside all lit up. Hats off to the
stewards. It wasn't the warmest night and
they directed us into the Marquee where I
had a quick pint. It was a brilliant
facility and only if other clubs did the
same for away fans... Once inside the
stadium despite being on Row BB in the
corner of the the stand it was impressive
with comfortable leg room. All the stands
looked decent enough.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Game time and despite a sluggish first few
minutes City grabbed hold of the game and
took a deserved lead. Theatmosphere
was great we really didn't stop singing for
most of the game. As I was on the opposite
side from where the Wigan singers were it
was hard to hear them though we did hear the
drummer a few times. Just before half
time I sent Connor to get himself a pie and
drink when he got back just before the half
time whistle I decided to go down to the
concourse myself. But I felt almost squashed
the minute I got onto the concourse, as it
is simply too small to cope with a large
group of fans. I abandoned getting
myself a drink and returned to my
seat where Connor let me help him eat a
delicious Meat and Potato pie.
2nd half was pretty much same as the first
but for Wigan keeper, Al Habsi it could have
been more comfortable in the end we did run
out of steam but 1-0 was a good result
moving us clear at the top again.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
It took a few minutes to get out of our row
down the steps but from then on it was plain
sailing out of the ground and the walk back
to the station.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
As I suspected an easy first away game for
Connor. Couldn't fault the stewards sending
us to the Marquee was really helpful helped
warm us up on what was a cold night.
The DW is a nice ground but the concourse is
simply too small. That said I'd go
again though I do feel Wigan need to look at
their junior prices £28 was fair
enough for an adult but £20 for a
child baffles me a little. Really
enjoyed the game and the programme aint too