Weather – Bloody Cold due DW’s doubling up as a wind tunnel
Ground: The DW Stadium
Competition: 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship
Result: Wigan 3 – 3 Fulham
Pie: Chicken Balti
Price: £3.00 (probably less)
Comments: Here we are back in the heartland of Northern pie making, glorious Wigan! Over the years the pies at the DW Stadium have been an odd mix of upside down stodge, school dinner-esq mush and generic pastry offerings. While the pies may keeping evolving, revolving and devolving, the one constant is Wigan’s wonderful Phoenix Club style bar in the away end. Like a lifeguard leading you out of the sea of misery that is cramped, cold stadium concourses, the Roy Walker lookalike beckons you into the cozy cavern under the away end.
In contrast to the novelty of being afforded a pleasant place to drink before the game, the pies were sadly ruddy bloody Pukka. Same old shit. The balti was fine, not too burnt on top and not soggy or cold either. For somewhere as famous for pies as Wigan you would expect something a little more local or unique beyond the standard Pukka monopoly. To make up for this disappointment Fulham and Wigan decided to play the whole game with no defence whatsoever making for a riveting piece of end to end play. Sendings off, penalties, last minute goals and a Ruiz header created another memorable away trip. This Championship lark is much more of a laugh than that premiership toss.