Calling in on Wigan Athletic….In a week of own goals

It had been a PR disaster week for Wigan Athletic and events off the field looked certain to keep the club in the headlines, for all the wrong reasons, for a few weeks to come. In 2013, when the Latics won the FA Cup, they were everyone’s darlings. Their manager, Roberto Martinez, was a sought-after commodity, and their Chairman, Dave Whelan, and his persona of “straight-talking good bloke”, was admired by everyone. Wigan were a great example of a small club that had “got it right”, we were told. Whelan and Mackay In the past week, they have hired Malky … Continue reading Calling in on Wigan Athletic….In a week of own goals

Wigan refuse to abide by the rules

The Manchester City fan paddling through the monsoon that greeted the crowd after the final whistle captured the mood of the moment. “We’ve been pissed on in the ground and now we are being pissed on as we go home….it sums up our day.” Wigan Athletic certainly urinated on City’s parade. The most expensive team ever assembled in Britain was beaten by a bunch of players most football people would be hard-pressed to name. It turned out to be a genuine FA Cup fairy-tale, one of those “giant-killing” tales that will forever be rolled-out when ITV or Sky try to … Continue reading Wigan refuse to abide by the rules

FA Cup Final 2013: The road to Wigan peering into the abyss

The Football Association have not made it easy for Wigan Athletic to enjoy their big day out at Wembley. Playing what used to be the showpiece of the season before the end of the campaign is inappropriate, but when one of the teams still has to fight for its Premier Division life, it really spoils the occasion. It’s hard enough lifting yourself when its been confirmed you’ll be lining up at Doncaster and Bournemouth next season, but when you still have to secure your position in the Premier, concentrating on the FA Cup will be tough. Wigan have a difficult … Continue reading FA Cup Final 2013: The road to Wigan peering into the abyss