Jackson’s pride over away day award

Jonathan Jackson - chief executive
Jonathan Jackson - chief executive

WIGAN Athletic have been voted the best away day in the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) awards.

The ceremony in London handed out a number of top gongs with other winners including the likes of Alexis Sanchez for player of the year and Jamie Carragher for best pundit.

We treat our visiting supporters as valued guests and that commitment starts with our pricing policy

Jonathan Jackson

Nestled amongst them though with latics who were voted by supporters of other clubs as being the most hospitable ground to visit in the country.

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.

Cost was also taken into consideration with the pricing structure widely known as one of the cheapest around.

Earlier this year, a survery carried out by the FSF had Wigan top with an average rating of 7.83 out of 10, ahead of Derby in second place on 7.82 and Hull City 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).

Wigan Athletic chief executive Jonathan Jackson said: “We are delighted to receive this award which reflects all the hard work that we commit to as an organisation to ensure that both home and away supporters enjoy their match day experience at the DW Stadium.

“We treat our visiting supporters as valued guests and that commitment starts with our pricing policy which has always been to offer some of the best value for money match tickets in the country. However, it is not just about price. Our staff deliver an excellent service to supporters on arrival and inside the stadium.

“The pre-match facility that we provide to visiting supporters is a very rare if not unique facility within football; a huge lounge within the stadium that allows our visitors to meet, drink and eat, and watch televised matches in a welcoming environment – and I’m sure that this facility also plays an important role in supporters enjoying their match day at the DW.

“I congratulate our staff in providing a first class experience on match days to both home and away supporters.

“Regardless of the events on the field, all supporters visiting our stadium have a great day out and return home feeling the warmth of a proper Wigan welcome.”