Mixed feelings over capital fixture

Millwall FC's ground, The Den
Millwall FC's ground, The Den

WIGAN Warriors fans have offered mixed views on their club’s decision to play a game on the capital, with many holding reservations about the idea.

The club has decided to forgo one of its home fixtures in the game’s new Super 8s format, and will instead play Catalans Dragons in London on Saturday September 4. It will be held at Millwall FC’s ground with a 3pm kick-off.

Season ticket holders will be offered free travel to the ground, The Den, and the club is currently finalising the finer details including ticketing and travel arrangements – including free priority seating for season ticket holders.

The Evening Post asked fans on Twitter and Facebook what their opinions were of the move and received a largely mixed response.

On Facebook, Anne Humphreys wrote: “Awful! Only 3pm kick off that is appropriate for most young children and it’s in London!”

One issue with some fans was not the location but how it could affect the performance with Wigan unbeaten at the DW in over a year.

Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan

Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan

However, their away form has let them down with just four victories on the road this season.

Tracey Lyons said: “Away form has been shocking this season and they go and do this at a crucial time. Stupid, stupid, stupid.”

Matt Williams added: “Away form disgraceful, home form impeccable, I know let’s waste one of our home games for a trip to London at this critical point of the season!”

Some fans were much more approving with Gary Featherstone praising the way it helps the club expand its fanbase. He said: “Our expansion into London isn’t about expanding the sport it’s about expanding the commercial opportunities!

We sincerely hope that (the fans) can understand the opportunity this provides us to grow as a club

Ian Lenagan

“If we get just one blue chip company to invest in the club it’ll be worth it. This will capitalise on the good work of Wigan Business Club. Looking forward to it!”

In response, Steven Eccleston wrote: “I agree just venue choice is not the best.”

Chairman Ian Lenagan (pictured, left) defended the decision saying: “We understand that some of our fans in and around Wigan may feel a little disgruntled by the move.

“However, we sincerely hope that they can understand the opportunity this provides us to grow as a club. With a bigger fan base, more blue chip corporate support and access to a wider talent pool of players it will allow us to meet our mission to become the biggest club in the world.”