Thousands heading to Wigan

West Ham United will have at least 34 free coaches heading up to Wigan Athletic this Sunday with only limited availability left on match tickets.

The Board have paid for free coach travel to the DW Stadium for any supporter wanting it when they purchase their match tickets, and a fantastic 4,500 Hammers fans are expected to make the journey for the crucial Barclays Premier League encounter.

Joint-Chairman David Sullivan said: "It has been a difficult season but our away fans have been magnificent at every single game we have played up and down the country, whatever the result on the pitch.

"Free coach travel for our last away game at Wigan is a way of saying 'thank you' and also ensuring that the team will get the best possible support."

With the club needing to win for any chance of possible survival, Avram Grant's men will be roared on by strong support when they kick off at 4pm. Although the club's fortunes also depend on results elsewhere, the match has echoes of the memorable trip to Wigan on 28 April 2007.

On that day, the club also offered free coach travel and was rewarded with a 3-0 victory that played a major part in the club's 'Great Escape' with seven wins from the last nine games.

The deadline for fans wanting to travel on the free coaches will be 5pm on Thursday 12 May, although any match tickets left unsold at that point will still be available.

Coaches will depart from the Boleyn Ground at 8.30am on Sunday 15 May, with fans able to buy food and drink from kiosks in the West Stand before they depart. For all the latest ticket information, click here.

Those travelling by road to Wigan are advised that there are roadworks on the A59 after junction 25 of the M6. All coach companies should exit at junction 27 and follow the postcode WN5 0UN on 'satnav' systems which will lead them direct to Car Park 1 on Stadium Way at the DW Stadium.

Greater Manchester Police and Wigan Athletic will have a ticket barrier check point in place on the North Stand forecourt. All visiting supporters are advised to arrive in plenty of time to allow for their entry to the DW Stadium in time for kick-off. No tickets will be on sale on the day to either home or away supporters.