Monday, May 11

Wigan away travel and pub guide

JJB Stadium
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday May 13
Kick off 20:00


Out of a capacity of 25,135, United have got 4,000 tickets in the North Stand. This stand holds 5,378 supporters.

Tickets are priced at £27.50 for adults and £19.75 for over 65s and under 16s.
All tickets have been sold and posted out.

There are still tickets left for the home end, but Wigan have said they will only be on sale to people who have a history of buying tickets in the Wigan home end. They are priced between £27.50 and £29.50.

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1HD. The programme started at 19:30 and ends at 22:15.

There will probably be some light rain during the match. The temperature will be around 10C (50F).



If you are driving to the game and using a satnav or an internet routeplanner like the Greenflag one, use the destination postcode WN5 0UH.

The basic route from Manchester is the M62 to junction 10 and the M6 to Junction 25. Continue along the A49. The stadium is well sign posted from the motorway.

Parking - £5
There is an away fans' car park a two-minute walk from the away end. Only fans with match tickets can use it though. It costs £5 per car.

Access is via Stadium Way (turn right off Scott Lane once you've passed the leisure complex and Asda on your right).

There are many free parking spots on side streets close to the town centre. but you're looking at a 20-minute walk to the stadium.

Train - £3.20
The journey between Manchester Victoria and Wigan Wallgate (pictured left and below) takes about 38 minutes and is direct.

You'll have absolutely no problem getting to the game, as trains run every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the day.

But on the way back there are only three trains back to Manchester.

Option 1:
Leave Wigan Wallgate: 21:55
Arrive Manchester Victoria: 22:34

Option 2:
Leave Wigan Wallgate: 22:27
Arrive Manchester Victoria: 23:13

Option 3:
Leave Wigan Wallgate: 22:55
Arrive Manchester Victoria: 23:37

It is a 20-minute walk from the train station to the stadium.

Turn right out of Wigan Wallgate station and keep walking for 10 minutes or so, passing the Seven Stars Hotel.

After that, you'll pass under a railway bridge and the Robin Park leisure complex will come into view. You will be able to see the stadium from there.

The most obvious choice - especially for a midweek game - the JJB Soccerdome bar which is right in between the away-end entrance and the away fans' car park.

It holds about 150 people and you can get served pretty quickly. It's about £2.60 a pint and they do pretty decent pies for £2 - again, perfect for a night game.

But if you're catching the train, you might want a pint in the town centre. Definitely avoid The Brunels, which is next door to Wigan Wallgate station.

Police (unsurprisingly) hang around outside and the staff have been known to frown on away supporters and singing of any kind.

Instead, walk down Wallgate 20 yards and call into the Swan and Railway (pictured above), where you'll get a warm welcome and a pint for £2.30.

If you want to be nearer to the ground, call into Wigan Pier where you'll find The Orwell (pictured above right).

If you've got time to grab a bite to eat, they do some cracking food.

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