Monday, 23 January 2012

Wigan Athletic - DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic FC
DW Stadium
Loire Drive

01924 774000
Official Website

Matchday Number: 53
Saturday 16th December 2000
Wigan Athletic 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Nationwide League Division 2

My first visit to Wigan was on a freezing cold December in 2000. Wigan were up the top of the league chasing promotion, while Wycombe were not doing to shabbily, sitting in 8th place, which was a miracle considering they had only escaped relegation on the last day of the previous season. Things did not look good when Simon Haworth gave Wigan a 4th minute lead. The home side had more chances too and Wycombe looked like they could be over run. Gradually though, Wycombe got back into the game. They were rewarded for their efforts on 49 minutes when loan signing from Chelsea, Sam Parkin got his first goal for the club. But Wigan continued to have the better of the chances, but Wycombe looked good value for the draw until Gary Roberts popped up with a late winner to send the 5500 Wigan fans home happy. It was a bitter day, I even had to resort to warming my hands with the dryers in the gents at half time to keep warm and was just glad to get back on the coach at the end, especially after the late disappointment.

The only other time I went was for a disappointing 3-0 defeat in the early part of the 2002/03 season. Goals from Lee McCullock and Andy Lidell (2) gave Wigan a victory in front of 5358 fans.

THE DW STADIUM is named after the Wigan owner Dave Whelan. It was formerly known as the JJB Stadium, named after his sport shop chain. It's an all seater stadium with all 4 stands the same size (and mainly empty!) Away fans are given the North Stand (capacity 5400), although when I went there, Wycombe fans were given a section of a stand along the side. Nearby is an ASDA and also a nearby pub, the Red Robin, though I am unsure what it is like as I have never been in.

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