Latics named as Away Day of the Year for 2015 by the FSF
- Latics win Football Supporters' Federation Away Day of the year Award.
- Latics won award ahead of Cardiff, Derby, Brighton, Rotherham and Southampton.
- “All fans receive the warmth of a proper Wigan welcome.” - Jonathan Jackson, Latics CEO.
An Awards Panel consisting of nationally elected representatives of the FSF's National Council chose Latics ahead of last year’s winners Cardiff City and other contenders Brighton & Hove Albion, Derby County, Rotherham United and Southampton.
The shortlist was drawn up using scores from the FSF’s Away Fans Survey, consisting of data from both last season and the first half of this season. The survey asked fans to score their away day based on a number of factors such as access, safety and security, the view, plus their overall experience.
Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation, said:
“Wigan Athletic scored consistently highly in our Away Fans Survey and the club is well-known for offering affordable tickets, large allocation and good facilities – a winning combination. A great achievement and congratulations go to everyone at the club.”
Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, 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.”
Latics were also nominated for the award of Supporter Liaison Officer of the Year and club SLOs Ian Wadsworth and Jason Taylor were present to receive the Away Day Award on the club’s behalf.
They said: “We pride ourselves on how well we welcome away fans to the DW so this award is a great reflection of that, as well as the hard work put in by the club to ensure that the DW is such a great place to come and watch football.”
The background to the Away Fans Survey is available by [clicking here].
See the full list of nominees across all 11 categories by [clicking here].
The full set of winners was as follows:
AWAY DAY OF THE YEAR - Wigan Athletic
BLOGGER OF THE YEAR - Ian King (Two Hundred Percent)
COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR - Martin Tyler (Sky Sports)
FANZINE OF THE YEAR - The City Gent (Bradford City)
NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR - The Guardian
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Alexis Sanchez
PODCAST OF THE YEAR - The Anfield Wrap
PUNDIT OF THE YEAR - Jamie Carragher
RADIO SHOW OF THE YEAR - 606 (BBC 5Live)
SUPPORTER LIAISON OFFICER OF THE YEAR - Sunderland (Chris Waters)
WRITER OF THE YEAR - Rory Smith (The Times)