DW Stadium rated ‘best away day’ by fans

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WIGAN Athletic has been voted the best away-day in the country by a Football Supporters’ Federation survey.

The survey was conducted by almost 4,000 supporters, who passed judgement on several aspects including view of the pitch, stadium lay-out, transport links, turnstiles, food and drink and security.

Latics averaged a lofty 7.83 out of 10, with Derby in second place on 7.82 and Hull City the top of the Premier League pile on 7.79.

North-west heavyweights Manchester United (5.40) and Liverpool (5.32) polled relatively poorly, as did local rivals Blackburn (6.51), Bolton (6.31) and Blackpool (5.0) in the second tier.

The overall Championship average was 6.56, dropping to 6.03 in the Premier League.

While it could be suggested that Wigan’s rating may be explained by the high chance of the visitors going home with three points - Latics won only three times at home all season - interestingly only 4 per cent of fans cited the likelihood of seeing their team win as reason for attending an away game.

“Away supporters are vital to the health of our game and football matches would be far poorer places without their presence,” said Kevin Miles, chief executive of the FSF. “Football shouldn’t take them for granted.

“If a visitor comes to your home, you treat them well, yet we often hear from travelling fans who feel they’re treated as a problem, rather than as a valued guest.

“Whether it’s high prices or an unfriendly welcome, away supporters are often at the sharp end.

“We want to fix that, stand up for the travelling fan, and highlight those clubs who do it right.

“It’s in everyone’s interests, particularly in terms of atmosphere in the ground, to have healthy away attendances.”

Overall results:

Premier League: 1. Hull City 7.79, 2. Southampton 7.23, 3. Stoke City 6.94, 4. Sunderland 6.93, 5. Leicester City 6.84, 6. Arsenal 6.84, 7. Swansea City 6.72, 8. Newcastle United 6.68, 9. West Brom 6.63, 10. Manchester City 6.53, 11. Spurs 6.11, 12. Everton 5.80, 13. Burnley 5.76, 14. Aston Villa 5.69, 15. West Ham 5.58, 16. Chelsea 5.52, 17. Manchester United 5.40, 18. Liverpool 5.32, 19. Crystal Palace 4.94, 20. QPR 3.58

Championship: 1. Wigan Athletic 7.83, 2. Derby County 7.82, 3. Brighton & HA 7.69, 4. Rotherham United 7.55, 5. Cardiff City 7.40, 6. Huddersfield Town 7.32, 7. Reading 7.23, 8. Fulham 6.86, 9. Watford 6.86, 10. Middlesbrough 6.74, 11. Charlton Athletic 6.65, 12. AFC Bournemouth 6.63, 13. Blackburn Rovers 6.51, 14. Millwall 6.50, 15. Birmingham City 6.48, 16. Nottingham Forest 6.35, 17. Brentford 6.32, 18. Bolton Wanderers 6.31, 19. Ipswich Town 6.08, 20. Wolves 5.70, 21. Leeds United 5.28, 22. Sheffield Wednesday 5.26, 23. Norwich City 5.09, 24. Blackpool 5.00