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DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic  v Manchester City
Monday, January 16th 2012, 8pm
Premier League  
By Robert Allen
(Manchester City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

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 ground/car parking?

We arrived by train and the directions on this website meant it was easy and 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. The 
atmosphere 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 out:

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 bad either!

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