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Queen Elizabeth II

1926-2022

WIGAN ATHLETIC V READING

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER | 2022 | KICK OFF 15:00 | £3

THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME OF WIGAN ATHLETIC | ISSUE 05

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HONOURS:

NON-LEAGUE HONOURS:

CHESHIRE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS:

1933/34, 1934/35, 1935/36, 1964/65

CHESHIRE LEAGUE CUP WINNERS:

1935/36, 1964/65, 1965/66

LANCASHIRE COMBINATION CHAMPIONS:

1947/48, 1950/51, 1952/53, 1953/54

LANCASHIRE COMBINATION CUP WINNERS:

1951/52, 1952/53

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1970/71, 1974/75

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE CUP WINNERS:

1971/72

FA TROPHY RUNNERS-UP:

1972/73

RECORDS SINCE JOINING THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE:

PREMIER LEAGUE HIGHEST FINISH:

10TH 2005/06

FOOTBALL LEAGUE HIGHEST FINISH:

2ND 2004/05

MOST LEAGUE APPEARANCES:

KEVIN LANGLEY, 317

MOST LEAGUE GOALS:

ANDY LIDDELL, 70

MOST GOALS:

DAVID LOWE, 82

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GRAEME JONES, 31, 1996/97

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5: Third Shirt | Premium #BELIEVE

Founders able to collect shirt

6: Action Replay | Huddersfield

Town (A)

7: Callum Lang | Huddersfield Town

(A) Reaction

9: Today’s Opposition |

Reading

10: The Gaffer | Paul Ince

11: The Key Three

12: Head-to-Head

13: Latics Connections

14: The View from the Away End

18: The Big Interview | Anthony Scully

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23: Crusty’s Kids Zone

LATICS REVIEW

ISSUE REVIEW

26: A-Z | Jason Kerr

28: Jeff Rourke Looks Back on

2007/08 | Our Third Premiership

Season

30: Travels in Retroland with

Tony Topping

32: Colourised by George

38: Community Trust | News in Short

42: U21s Update | Birmingham

City (A)

44: One of Our Own |

3PL Academy Spotlight

46: Your History

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Contributors: Sam Whyte, Dan Newton, Bernard Platt, Tony Topping, Jeff Rourke,

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THIRD KIT 2022/23


LATICS REVIEW

THE 2022/23 WIGAN ATHLETIC THIRD SHIRT HAS ARRIVED

INTO OUR LATICS STORE, WITH PREMIUM #BELIEVE

FOUNDERS ABLE TO COLLECT THEIR SHIRTS TODAY!

Latics’ third shirt for their return to the

Championship incorporates the names of all

#BELIEVE Founders who signed up to the FansFund

before 16 January 2022 and is an innovative

design as Leam Richardson’s side continue their

solid start to the new season.

With the shirt having arrived in our Latics Store,

Premium #BELIEVE Founders are now able to

collect their shirt as part of their membership. A

collection point is available today in front of the

Players’ Lounge entrance outside the West Stand.

Identification of yourself will be required upon

collection of your shirt, with a member of our

#BELIEVE team on hand to assist you.

Following this initial period, all other #BELIEVE

Founders categories will be able to purchase their

shirt from Monday 26 September. During this

period, Premium Founders will be able to exchange

shirts, should they need to alter their shirt size.

Premium #BELIEVE Founders will have until

Saturday 24 September to collect their third

shirts.

General sale for this year’s third shirt will be from

Monday 3 October, with all fans able to get kitted

out ahead of the shirt’s first outing.

If any #BELIEVE Founders have any queries about

whether they are eligible for the shirt, please email

set@wiganathletic.com and the #BELIEVE team will

be happy to help you.

PRICES (to go on sale to all #BELIEVE Founder

categories from Monday 26 September):

Adults Shirt - £55

Adults Shorts - £22

Adults Socks - £12

Youth Shirt - £45

Youth Shorts - £20

Youth Socks - £10

When the Third Kit is on sale, supporters should

note that 2022/23 Season Ticket and #BELIEVE

FansFund discounts are available in-store at the

DW Stadium only. International #BELIEVE FansFund

founders should email set@wiganathletic.com to

receive their unique discount codes.

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LATICS REVIEW

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 V 2 LATICS

A | 19:45 | Tue 13 Sep | John Smith’s Stadium

Sky Bet Championship

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Latics were once again backed in

numbers for the trip to West Yorkshire

ACTION REPLAY

HUDDERSFIELD

21 Nicholls

32 Lees ⚽

39 Helik

3 Mbete /Rhodes 65’

2 Turton/Kesler-Hayden 45’

18 Kasumu

22 Rudoni

33 Nakayama

19 Holmes/Anjorin 57’

25 Ward

7 Thomas /Jones 45’

Substitutes

5 Russell

8 Anjorin

9 Rhodes

14 Ruffels

16 Kesler-Hayden

26 Jones

41 Bilokapic

Callum Lang scored the winner

with seven minutes remaining

“THE AWAY SUPPORT IS FANTASTIC, AND TO COME AWAY

FROM HOME AND SCORE IN FRONT OF YOUR OWN FANS -

THERE IS NO BETTER FEELING FOR THE LADS.”

LEAM RICHARDSON

LATICS

1 Jones

2 Nyambe

5 Whatmough

16 Tilt

11 McClean

8 Power

18 Shinnie

19 Lang ⚽/Broadhead 85’

10 Keane⚽/Naylor 76’

30 Aasgaard/Kerr 85’

28 Magennis/Wyke 77’

Substitutes

4 Naylor

9 Wyke

14 Scully

15 Kerr

20 Broadhead

23 Fletcher

40 Tickle

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LATICS REVIEW

Langy celebrates his late winner in

front of the travelling supporters!

LANG DELIGHTED TO GET OFF THE MARK

CALLUM LANG WAS QUICK TO EXPRESS HIS DELIGHT AFTER

HIS FIRST GOAL OF THE SEASON HELPED LATICS EARN A 2-1

VICTORY AT HUDDERSFIELD TOWN IN MIDWEEK.

Will Keane’s first-half penalty had been cancelled

out by Tom Lees’ 76th-minute equaliser before

Lang became the hero for Leam Richardson’s side

when he fired home the winner with just seven

minutes remaining at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Speaking post-match, Lang spoke of his happiness

to get off the mark, expressing the importance

of remaining mentally resilient to take your

opportunities when they come.

“I scored a screamer at Luton, but they’ve taken that

away from me for some reason!” he joked.

“It’s nice to put that right today. I was sweating a

bit after the missed chance, but to put it right was a

nice feeling.

“To stay mentally strong to score at the end was

the main thing, but I definitely enjoyed getting off

the mark.”

Tuesday’s victory was Latics’ second successive

win in the Championship and third straight victory

on the road. Lang expressed that he is really

enjoying his football, and he hopes that they can

continue to prove themselves in the second tier

during the weeks to come.

“Playing with the lads around me, I’m really enjoying

my football, and I’ve really enjoyed the start of the

season,” he explained.

“Hopefully we can keep proving to people that we

are a strong side in this division, and win as many

games as possible.”

A common theme over the last 12 months is just

how much of a difference the travelling supporters

can make during away matches, and Lang praised

the Latics faithful for yet another outstanding

following in West Yorkshire.

“The following has been class as always, and I

really enjoy (the away days). Hopefully, we can keep

on cracking on with the away games, and keep

working hard at home as well.’

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

(1926 – 2022)


TODAY’S OPPOSITION

READING

LATICS REVIEW

FACTFILE:

One of the oldest teams in England, Reading were

established in 1871, though they only joined the

Football League in 1920 after previously spending

their time playing in the regional leagues.

After bouncing between the third and fourth tiers

of English football, it was the takeover by John

Madjeski in 1991 that saw the Royals begin to take

huge steps forward. Reading were crowned as

champions of Division Three years later, and they

soon thought they had earned promotion to the

Premier League as runners-up of Division One in

1995, only to be denied by the streamlining of the

top-flight from 22 to 20 teams.

After suffering heartbreak in the Play-Off Final

against Bolton Wanderers in 1995, the Royals

eventually reached the Premier League in 2006,

winning the Championship with a record 106 points.

OPPOSITION OVERVIEW

FORMED:

1871

STADIUM:

Select Car Leasing Stadium

(24,161)

NICKNAME:

The Royals

CLUB COLOURS:

Blue & White

OWNER:

Dai Yongge

MOST LEAGUE APPEARANCES:

Martin Hicks (500)

ALL-TIME TOP LEAGUE GOAL

SCORER:

Ronnie Blackman (158)

While they were relegated in the 2007/08 campaign,

they later returned to the top division for a sole

season in 2012/13. They have been a regular fixture

in the Championship ever since, and while their

status was threatened during a challenging season

last term, the Royals have made a strong start to

the 2022/23 campaign ahead of their trip to the DW

Stadium.

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LATICS REVIEW

THE GAFFER

PAUL INCE

Age: 54

Succeeded: Veljko Paunovic

Honours: League Two (2007/08),

Football League Trophy (2007/08).

After over eight years away from football

management, Paul Ince is back in the game with

this afternoon’s visitors following his permanent

appointment in May this year.

A former midfielder for Manchester United, Inter Milan,

and Liverpool, Ince began his managerial career in

2006 when he took over Macclesfield Town who were

bottom of the Football League at the time. The task at

hand was a huge ask, but using his vast experiences

from his glittering playing career, Ince saved the

Silkmen from relegation on the last day of the season.

He would enjoy further initial success in his next

management role with MK Dons, guiding the Club to

the Football League Trophy in 2008, as well as the

League Two title following a memorable season at the

helm.

Unsurprisingly, Ince’s eye-catching exploits further

down the pyramid did not go unnoticed, and the

54-year-old was given the opportunity to manage in the

top flight with Blackburn Rovers in June 2008. His reign

at Ewood Park, however, turned out to be short-lived

as just three wins from 17 games saw him depart six

months later.

This opened the door for a return to MK Dons, and Ince

guided the Dons to a 13th placed finish in League One

prior to leaving at the end of 2009/10 campaign. A

brief spell with Notts County would follow, before Ince

became the manager of Blackpool in February 2013.

He had close to a year at Bloomfield Road between

2013 and 2014, but despite helping the Seasiders make

their best ever start to a new season, a run of three

months without a win led to his eventual departure.

Following a lengthy period away from the dugout, Ince

took the reins at Reading on an interim basis in late

February, being entrusted with the task of preventing

the Berkshire outfit from dropping into the third tier.

As interim manager, Ince won four and drew three of

his first 11 matches at the helm, helping the Royals

secure their safety with three games to spare. This led

to Ince being offered the role on a permanent basis,

and over the summer, the 54-year-old has strengthened

the core of the squad to ensure that they are more than

capable of competing in the Championship.

The start of the 2022/23 campaign has seen Ince

continue to produce results at the Select Car Leasing

Stadium, with the Royals winning five of their opening

eight league matches ahead of their home fixture

against Sunderland.

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TOM HOLMES

DEFENDER

Age: 22

A central defender with leadership

qualities beyond his years, Tom

Holmes was named as vicecaptain

by Reading boss Paul Ince

at the age of just 22.

Academy graduate Holmes, who

has been with the Royals since

the age of eight, made his first

team debut in 2018 in a 1-1 draw

against Bolton Wanderers. He later

headed out on loan in the 2019/20

campaign, gaining the invaluable

experience of playing abroad with

Belgian First Division B side KSV

Roeselare.

Upon his return to England, he

soon established himself at

the Select Car Leasing Stadium

in the 2020/21 campaign,

making 40 appearances as the

Royals narrowly missed out on

a Play-Off berth. He followed

his breakthrough year up with a

further 34 appearances last term,

playing an instrumental role as the

Royals avoided relegation to the

third tier.

Holmes was rewarded with a new

three-year contract in the summer,

and in another real showing of

faith from manager Ince, the

22-year-old was named as deputy

to captain Andy Yiadom ahead of

the new season.

The central defender has been

ever-present during the infancy

of the 2022/23 Championship

campaign, helping the Royals win

five of their opening eight games.

TOM INCE

MIDFIELDER

Age: 30

Previous Club: Stoke City

Flourishing under his father’s

management, Tom Ince will provide

Reading with plenty of craft and

experience throughout the 2022/23

Championship campaign.

Ince, 30, began his career with Liverpool

FC, making one senior appearance for

the Reds before moving to Blackpool in

2011. He proved to be a real success

in his two-and-a-half seasons at

Bloomfield Road, scoring 33 goals in 133

appearances, and winning the 2013 EFL

Young Player of the Year award.

In January 2014, Ince signed on loan

for Premier League side Crystal Palace,

before earning a transfer to Hull City

prior to the 2014/15 campaign. After

finding first-team opportunities hard

to come by, loan spells at Nottingham

Forest and Derby County would follow,

with Ince joining the latter permanently

in 2015.

Ince dazzled in his two seasons at Pride

Park, with his excellent form resulting in

a move to Huddersfield Town. He spent

a full season in the Premier League with

the Terriers, before departing to join

Stoke City in 2018.

The 30-year-old spent the second half

of the 2021/22 campaign on loan with

the Royals and scored twice in 15

appearances, leading to him making a

permanent transfer to the Select Car

Leasing Stadium in the summer.

An experienced midfielder with over 400

senior appearances to his name, Ince

has featured eight times for the Royals

this season, scoring in their home victory

against Cardiff City.

LATICS REVIEW

LUCAS JOAO

STRIKER

Age: 29

Previous Club: Sheffield

Wednesday

An exciting forward who

certainly knows where the

back of the net is, Lucas Joao

has been on fire since arriving

at the Select Car Leasing

Stadium in 2019.

Born in Lisbon of Angolan

descent, Joao started his

career with Nacional, before

making the move to England

to join Sheffield Wednesday in

2015. The 29-year-old spent

four years at Hillsborough, with

that time including a brief loan

spell with Blackburn Rovers in

2017, scoring 29 goals in 128

appearances for the Owls.

He joined this afternoon’s

visitors for an undisclosed fee

in 2019, netting seven times

in his debut season with the

Royals. Joao enjoyed the most

prolific season of his career

to date during the following

campaign, notching 19 goals

as Reading narrowly missed

out on the Play-Offs.

The goals continued to fly in

for the Angola international

last term, with his 10 league

goals in 24 appearances firing

the Royals to safety. He has

started this season in the same

manner that he finished the

last, scoring three goals in five

appearances ahead of their trip

to the DW Stadium.

At The Back

In The Middle

Going For Goal

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LATICS REVIEW

HEAD2HEAD

FROM THE VAULT

LATICS EARN

PROMOTION TO

PREMIER LEAGUE

WITH WIN OVER

THE ROYALS

It was an afternoon to remember, saviour,

and cherish as Latics won promotion to

the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over

Reading in May 2005.

A bumper crowd at the DW Stadium saw

history unfold in front of their very eyes, as

goals from Lee McCulloch, Jason Roberts and

Nathan Ellington helped Latics reach the topflight

for the first time in the Club’s history.

OVERALL RECORD:

Games Played: 48

Latics Wins: 19

Reading Wins: 18

Draws: 11

The heroic victory sparked scenes of mass

celebration after the full-time whistle, and

it capped off the Club’s remarkable climb

through the tiers of English football following

their initial election to the Football League in

1978.

Latics would go on to spend eight consecutive

years in the Premier League, with their

memorable great escapes paving the way to

their unforgettable FA Cup triumph in May

2013.

Latics earned promotion to the Premier

League with a 3-1 victory over Reading

HOME RECORD:

Games Played: 24

Latics Wins: 11

Reading Wins: 4

Draws: 9

TOTAL GOALS:

119

63 56

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LATICS REVIEW

LATICS CONNECTIONS

GOALKEEPER:

ALI AL HABSI

Latics: 2010-2015 | 136 appearances

Reading: 2015-2017 | 78 appearances

DEFENDER:

CHRIS MAKIN

Latics: 1992-1993 (loan) | 15

appearances

Reading: 2005-2006 | 12

appearances

MIDFIELD:

MICHAEL O’NEILL

Latics: 1998-2000 | 66

appearances

Reading: 1998 (loan) Nine

appearances

FORWARD:

JASON ROBERTS

Latics: 2004-2006 | 93 appearances -

Reading: 2012-2014 | 28 appearances

FORWARD:

NOEL HUNT

Latics: 2017-2018 | Seven appearances

Reading: 2008-2013 | 145 appearances

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LATICS REVIEW

THE VIEW FROM

THE AWAY END

AT EACH HOME GAME,

WE’LL BE GETTING

AN OPINION FROM

AN OPPOSING TEAM

SUPPORTER TO GET

THE LOWDOWN ON

TODAY’S VISITORS AT

THE DW STADIUM!

Kevin Doyle was Zac’s first Reading hero

ZAC MINNS

AGE: 24

FIRST GAME: READING 3-2 BRIGHTON &

HOVE ALBION | 9 AUGUST 2004

FIRST HERO: KEVIN DOYLE

Firstly, how long have you supported Reading?

I have supported Reading for just under 20 years - it

has been a rollercoaster of a journey with plenty of

ups and downs!

Who have been your favourite players to watch in

that time?

I have loved watching loads of players, from Kevin

Doyle and David Kitson to Leroy Lita and John

Swift. I would have to say on his day, Ovie Ejaria is

the most entertaining, as he would dance around

defenders with his pace and trickery.

What is the best Reading match that you have

attended?

I have attended loads of memorable games, but

the one that stands out, is a home game against

Manchester United in 2006. We drew 1-1 and played

brilliantly, Cristiano Ronaldo was the man who

scored to deny us a deserved three points.

What are your expectations for Reading this

season?

At the start of the season, if you had said we would

be in the Play-Offs after eight games, I would have

said no chance at all. With our start to the season, I

think we should finish in the top half of the table.

Those 4-0 losses to Sheffield United and Rotherham

United tell a completely different story than some

of the hard-fought wins, but our drive to finish off

a game, especially in the last 10 minutes, is what

separates us this season from our performances

last year.

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LATICS REVIEW

Tom Ince has been tipped by Zac to be the star of the Reading team this season

Who do you expect to be the star of the Reading

team this season?

Based on the start of the season, I expect Tom

Ince to be the standout player for Reading. He has

surprised me so far with his performances and has

been a great asset since he joined.

Who are you most concerned about in the Latics

side this afternoon?

Will Keane will be a huge threat, as after scoring 26

goals last season, he has continued to find the back

of the net at the start of this season.

What is your score prediction for this afternoon’s

game?

I’m going to be optimistic and say 2-1 Reading!

Will Keane has been picked out by Zac

as one of Latics’ biggest threats

*Views expressed on this page are those of the

supporter interviewed and not necessarily those of

Wigan Athletic Football Club.

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LATICS REVIEW

THE BIG

A DEADLINE DAY ARRIVAL, ANTHONY

SCULLY IS HOPING TO HIT THE GROUND

RUNNING AT THE DW STADIUM.

INTERVIEW

Scully opted to make the move to Latics on a threeyear

deal last month on the back of a successful

spell with League One outfit Lincoln City. The

former Republic of Ireland youth international

really flourished during his stay with the Imps,

scoring 37 times in 106 appearances, in addition to

providing countless assists for his teammates.

His excellent form at the LNER Stadium led to

him receiving the chance to make the step up to

the Championship with Leam Richardson’s side,

and Scully is certainly determined to take his

opportunity to star in the second tier with both

hands.

An exciting winger who loves to terrify defenders

with his tenacity and directness, the 23-year-old

discusses his journey at the start of his career, his

aims during the 2022/23 Championship campaign,

and how he has immediately felt welcome at the

DW Stadium…

Firstly Anthony, how excited were you to join

Latics on Deadline Day, and how easy have the

management, players and staff made settling in?

“I was buzzing to receive the opportunity to sign

for the Football Club, and it was such a manic day

on Deadline Day to get it over the line. As soon as

I heard of the interest, I told my agent that I really

wanted to make it happen.

“First and foremost, the size of the Club was a huge

draw for me to sign. As a kid growing up, Wigan

were a Premier League side, and they won the FA

Cup in 2013, which was an incredible achievement.

To come and play for a Club this big is really

exciting.”

How much did your conversations with the gaffer,

Leam Richardson, play a part in your decision?

“He was massive in my decision to come here. The

manager has expressed how much he liked me

when I spoke to him, and how the staff are really

going to help me become a better player. Everything

fitted together perfectly.

“It is really important that the manager has belief in

you as a player, and my aim is now to repay that and

do my best for this Football Club.

“When I played against Wigan last year, I saw how

they played, and I could see myself fitting into the

group. I’m excited to get started, and hopefully hit

the ground running.”

The 23-yearold

is excited

to make the

step up to the

Championship

“Everyone has been brilliant with me so far, and I’ve

been made to feel at home from my first day. I’m

really looking forward to the future being here at the

Football Club.”

What was it that convinced you to make the move

to the DW Stadium?

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LATICS REVIEW

Prior to joining Latics, you spent two and a half

seasons in League One with Lincoln City, scoring

37 goals in 106 appearances. How much did you

enjoy your time at the LNER Stadium?

Nyambe has enjoyed his start

to life at the DW Stadium

“I loved my time at Lincoln. I was at West Ham

playing for the U23s, and I wanted to go and play

men’s football. It was a bit of a gamble to go to

League One, but it worked out for me.

“I backed myself, and I did really well. I created

some great memories during my time there, and I’m

really grateful to everyone who supported me while

I was at the Club.

“I found the step-up into senior football relatively

easy, and I have always been a player that prides

myself on scoring goals so hopefully I can replicate

that at Wigan.”

After impressing throughout your time in League

One, how much are you now looking forward to

making the step up and testing yourself in the

Championship?

“I cannot wait - it was one of the main reasons why

I wanted to come here. I really wanted to step up to

the next division.

“I feel like I have done really well in League One,

but the step-up is something that I’m really excited

about, and something that I also felt I needed to

do.”

Latics have made a solid start to the 2022/23

Championship campaign, losing just one of their

opening eight fixtures. How impressed have you

been with the side’s performances, and how much

are you hoping to contribute to the squad?

“Since I heard of the Club’s interest, I have always

been looking out for the results, and the lads have

made a really good start. I’m just looking forward

to being a part of it, from making my debut, scoring

my first goal, and getting the first win under my belt.

“I want to score and make goals, and I will always

work hard for the team. I’m coming here to replicate

what I did for Lincoln in terms of goals and output,

so if I can bring that to Wigan, I will be delighted.”

Over the last 12 months, the togetherness that

exists within the squad has been there for all to

see. Have you felt that there is a real bond straight

away?

Scully netted 37 times in 106

appearances for the Imps

“I have been welcomed into the group really well.

I have been here for over two weeks now, and I

already feel really comfortable. The lads have been

great with me, and you can see that it is a proper

dressing room in terms of the winning mentality.

“Everyone really wants to succeed, and I’m loving

being part of the group here.”

Lastly, after receiving a warm welcome from the

Latics supporters upon signing, how much are you

looking forward to playing in front of them at the

DW Stadium?

“It has been really good. When the announcement

went out after I signed, there was a great reaction

from the fans which is always amazing to see.

“Seeing the fans at Luton Town was brilliant, and

I cannot wait to see what the atmosphere will be

like at home games. I’m really looking forward to

experiencing the support at the DW Stadium.

“I remember seeing the fans at the LNER Stadium

last season, and I was really impressed. The game

finished 3-1, and I vividly remember Callum Lang

scoring in front of the away supporters. I saw

the passion from all the fans, and everyone was

celebrating together.

“I noticed the quality of the group that day, and the

fan base was brilliant. It is a massive Club with a

massive fanbase, so it was no surprise to see such

good support. I want to say a huge thank you for the

welcome, and I’m just looking forward to working

very hard for the Club, and hopefully contributing

towards lots of goals!”

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WELCOME

FROM

OUR CLUB

MASCOT...

Hello boys and girls, and welcome

back to the DW Stadium for this

afternoon’s game against Reading!

Leam Richardson and the team

have made a solid start to the new

season, and you have certainly

contributed to that with your

support at both home and away

games. Please continue to get

behind the boys, and help make

the difference from the stands!

In this section, I will be putting

your Latics knowledge to the test

with a series of fun games!

Good luck, and enjoy the game!

OUR MATCH MASCOTS

ALEX

AGE: 6

FAVOURITE

PLAYERS:

Will Keane,

Max Power

and Ben Amos

EDDIE

AGE: 7

FAVOURITE

PLAYER:

James McClean

MATTY

AGE: 8

FAVOURITE

PLAYER:

Will Keane

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MY MATCH REPORT

CAN YOU HELP CRUSTY

FILL IN HIS REPORT?

BEFORE KICK-OFF

WHAT DO YOU THINK

THE SCORE WILL BE?

WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE MAN OF THE MATCH?

PIXEL

POWER

CAN YOU NAME THE LATICS PLAYER?

HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU

THINK WILL BE AT THE DW TODAY?

AT HALF TIME

WHAT WAS THE HALF

TIME SCORE?

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE

FULL TIME SCORE WILL BE?

WHO HAS IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST IN THE FIRST HALF?

A-MAZE-ING

AFTER THE FINAL WHISTLE

WHAT WAS THE FINAL SCORE?

WHO SCORED?

WAS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE FIRST HALF AS GOOD

IN THE SECOND? YES NO

WHO WAS YOUR MAN OF THE MATCH?

CAN YOU HELP CRUSTY THROUGH THE MAZE?

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ALL MIXED UP...

CAN YOU UNSCRAMBLE THE LETTERS TO

WORK OUT THE LATICS PLAYERS NAMES?

A B

THY SUNNY

LOCAL

RELISH

EACH HUG

SPOT THE BALL...

CAN YOU TELL THE POSITION

OF THE REAL BALL?

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EXTREME

CLOSE-UP...

CAN YOU GUESS WHO WE HAVE ZOOMED

IN ON FOR A CLOSE-UP?

HOW DID YOU DO?

Pixel Power: Josh Magennis

All Mixed Up: A | Anthony Scully B | Charlie Hughes

Spot The Ball: D Close-up: Jason Kerr

B

A

C

E

D

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TO

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > >

> > > > > > > > > > JASON

A-Action: If you could be a superhero, which one

would you be?

JK- Superman, because he can do everything!

KERR

WITH…

F-Film Fanatic: What’s your favourite film?

JK- My favourite film is Saving Private Ryan - it’s a

classic!

B- Boyhood: Which team did you support growing

up?

JK- I grew up supporting Hibernian!

C- Childhood Crush: Who was your first celebrity

crush?

JK- My celebrity crush was Rachel from Friends

(Jennifer Aniston). I love Friends, I used to watch it

all the time!

D- Dining Out: What’s your favourite meal?

JK- I would go for a Five Guys. My order would be

a bacon cheeseburger with the cajun fries that they

do!

E-Education: What was your best subject in school?

JK- I really liked history, and I used to enjoy learning

about World War 2.

G- Goal!: What’s your favourite goal that you’ve

scored?

JK- It would have to be my goal against Galatasaray

in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers.

H-Hype!: Which song hypes you up the most before

a big game?

JK- Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett’s walkout song. It

is a mixture of Lethal Industry by Tiesto and Heads

Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

I-Idol: Who was your favourite sporting idol growing

up?

JK- My sporting idol was Cristiano Ronaldo because

I liked watching Real Madrid and he was their best

player at the time.

J-Joker: Who is the funniest member of the squad?

JK- Tom Naylor is very funny, and Josh (Magennis)

thinks he is funny. I actually think the funniest

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member of the squad is Charlie Wyke - he doesn’t

mean to be, but the stuff he comes out with always

makes me laugh.

K- Kitted Out!- What’s the favourite football kit that

you have owned?

JK- My favourite kit that I have owned is the Real

Madrid home kit with blue stripes.

L- Languages: How many languages can you speak?

JK- Two - Scottish and English!

M- Mates: Who is your best mate in the squad?

JK- My best mate in the squad is Langy (Callum

Lang). I have taken him under my wing because he is

only a young lad, and I’m showing him the ropes.

N-Number: Do you have a lucky number?

JK- My lucky number would have to be number five

because I wore it at St Johnstone when we won the

domestic cup double!

O-Others - What’s your favourite sport outside of

football?

JK- Paddle Tennis has recently become my

favourite sport after we played it in Spain.

P-Pie - What’s your favourite pie filling?

JK- My favourite flavour of pie is Macaroni. They are

unbelievable! I don’t think it’s a thing down here, but

they are in Scotland.

Q-Quirky - Who has the most interesting fashion

sense?

JK- Broady (Nathan Broadhead) has only been here

for a couple of weeks, and so far, his dress sense

has been terrible. I would say Joe (Bennett) is the

best dressed because he puts a lot of effort into his

clothes, and he suits everything that he wears.

R-Roommate - Who do you room with on away trips?

JK- I room with Callum Lang, he’s a great laugh.

S-Superstitions - Do you have a superstitious

routine?

JK- I keep the same routines on a match day, but I

don’t really believe in superstitions.

T-Trim - What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?

JK- I used to have a blonde mohican when I was

younger, but to be honest, I don’t think I have had a

good haircut since I have been in England.

U-Uniform - What job would you do if you weren’t a

footballer?

JK- I would be a bricklayer.

V-Vacation: Where is your favourite place to go on

holiday?

JK- I really like Tenerife, I have been there a few

times!

W-Worst fear: What are you most scared of?

JK- My worst fear is playing against Erling Haaland -

he’s some player!

X- X-Ray: Have you ever broken a bone?

JK - I once broke my nose when I was younger.

Y-Youth: Where did you grow up?

JK- I grew up just outside of Edinburgh.

Z-Zoo: What’s your favourite animal?

JK - Dogs.

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JEFF ROURKE LOOKS BACK ON

2007/08

Emmerson Boyce puts in

a tackle against Fulham

OUR THIRD

PREMIERSHIP SEASON

Jason Koumas is embraced by his teammates

after his equaliser against Fulham

Saturday 15 September and Lawrie Sanchez’s

Fulham were the visitors at the JJB Stadium. A

crowd of 16,973 saw Latics earn a 1-1 draw.

Emile Heskey received a heroic reception

following his England exploits but that joy

turned to sorrow within ten minutes as

he hobbled off with what was later

diagnosed as a broken metatarsal.

To make matters worse, within

a minute, the Londoners

took the lead. An incorrect

throw-in decision gave them

possession and a pass

into the box clipped Paul

Scharner and fell into the

path of Clint Dempsey who

beat Chris Kirkland with a calm,

low finish. Fulham continued

to have the better chances and

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in the second half, Dempsey was denied a second

goal by Kirkland who spread himself well. The

introduction of Josip Skoko finally sharpened Latics

up and his defence-splitting pass gave Scharner a

great chance which the latter spurned.

Latics got back on level terms with ten minutes

remaining thanks to a penalty award. Mario

Melchiot was brought down by Hameur

Bouazza and Koumas put the spot-kick

into the bottom corner. Latics then nearly

snatched the win when Scharner met

a Koumas cross, only to be denied by

Finnish goalkeeper Antti Niemi.

Latics striker Marcus Bent vowed to fill

Heskey’s boots following the metatarsal

injury to the England International.

Dutchman Denny Laanzaat also faced a

month on the sidelines due to an injured eye

socket sustained in the game at Newcastle

United.

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Michael Brown takes

Latics forward against

Reading

Saturday 22 September 2007 saw Chris Hutchings’

side travel to the Madjeski Stadium to face Steve

Coppell’s Reading. Latics were to return home

pointless after a last-gasp goal gave the Royals a

2-1 in front of a crowd of 21,379.

Marcus Bent

celebrates

his leveller at

Reading

A lethargic first-half performance saw the Royals

take the lead after 29 minutes when Dave Kitson

capitalised on a mistake by goalkeeper Kirkland.

He spilt a shot from Kevin Doyle, allowing the big

striker to pounce. However, a minute later, Jason

Koumas was upended by Leroy Rosenior and the

referee pointed for a penalty. Antoine Sibierski had

the ball on the spot but the referee, after consulting

his linesman, awarded a free kick instead on

the edge of the area. Rosenior was also the last

defender and escaped being sent off by the official.

More agony followed as Koumas hit the underside

of the bar from the free-kick.

Latics clicked into gear in the second half and were

level within five minutes of the restart when Bent

headed home a Koumas corner kick. Late on in the

game, only a superb last-ditch tackle from Michael

Duberry prevented Bent from putting Latics ahead.

Latics were to pay the ultimate price for that in the

last minute when Kitson slid in James Harper, who

squeezed his shot into the net at the near post to

win the game for the home side.

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||| TRAVELS IN RETROLAND |||

PUSKAS THE GREAT

It was a clear starlit night on the evening of 2

April 1927, and the newly born Ferenc Puskas lay

snug and secure in his small, humble cot. One star

stood out from the rest with its beautiful brilliance

and its silvery rays reached down to the sleeping

infant. Legend has it that an Angel travelled down

this glittering path and bent before little Ferenc,

lightly kissing his left foot that protruded from the

blanket.

One thing was true though, angel intervention or

not, Ferenc Puskas grew to become one of the best

players the world had ever seen, and that left foot

would strike like a cobra and with the same venom.

Puskas was born in Kispest, a small community on

the outskirts of Budapest. He was a small child but

deceptively strong, much like a latter-day Maradona.

His family was very poor and Puskas liked to tell

the story of how they could only afford one pair of

shoes between him and his brother, so his brother

wore the left one and he wore the right. Fearful of

damaging the shoe, he used his left to kick the ball

made of old rags that they played their improvised

football with, and so he honed that fearsome left

foot right from the beginning.

Puskas stood out from an early age and he signed

for his local club

Kispest when he was

12. His father was a

coach there and he

made his league debut

aged just 16. Two

years later, he was

picked for the national

team and scored

on his international

debut in a 5-2 victory

over Austria. Always

prolific, he emerged as Europe’s top marksman in

1948.

In 1949, Kispest was taken over by the Hungarian

Ministry of Defence and renamed Honved

with Puskas named as captain. They won five

Championships on the trot from 1949 to 1955 with

Puskas regularly topping the goal-scoring charts, on

one occasion. he scored 50 in a season.

On the international stage, Hungary were entering

their golden era and between 1950 and 1956, they

were beaten only once, that one defeat tragically

denying them the greatest prize in the game of

football, the World Cup. In 1953, they travelled to

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The 1953 Hungary side that

defeated England at Wembley

decided not to go back and after a handful of

games for Espanyol, he was eventually hit with an

18-month ban by UEFA.

Unable to play football, he piled on the pounds and

he was now over 30, his career seemed over but

there was yet to be another twist in the life of the

galloping major.

England to take on a side that had never lost at

home to a team from outside the British Isles; they

smashed that proud record to pieces with a display

that is still talked about to this day.

The Hungarians were hot favourites to win the

1954 World Cup; in 1952, they had claimed gold

in the Olympic Games. They made it through to

the final and West Germany stood between them

and the golden prize. They had already thrashed

the Germans 8-3 in the group stages and despite

playing with an injury, Puskas opened the scoring

in the sixth minute. Two minutes later and the

prolific Kocsis put the Hungarians 2-0 up; nobody

could have foreseen what would happen next. By

the time the 18th minute had passed, the Germans

had drawn level. Hungary threw everything at the

Germans in the second half, Hidegkuti hit the post,

Kocsis hit the bar, Kohlmeyer cleared off the line

and Turek brought off a series of great saves but

the Germans hung on and with typical resilience,

scored again six minutes from time. It was

Hungary’s first defeat in 30 games

In 1956, Puskas was on a European tour with

Honved when the October uprising took place in

Hungary and Russian tanks moved in to quell the

revolt. The Honved team were ordered to return

home but several of the players, Puskas included,

Real Madrid, the greatest club side in Europe at

this time, decided to offer Puskas a lifeline. In

1959, Puskas won his first of three European

Cup winners’ medals. The following year, Puskas

scored four in what is regarded as the best club

final ever - Real Madrid 7 Eintracht Frankfurt 3.

In the following five years, Puskas won the Spanish

title five times on the trot, with him finishing top

league scorer in four of those triumphs. In the 1962

European Cup final, he scored a hat trick but still

finished on the losing side, a 5-3 win for Benfica.

That same year, he played international football for

his adopted country Spain in the World Cup Finals,

winning five caps. In 1967 at the age of 40, he

retired from playing and moved into coaching. His

finest moment came in 1971 when he led unfancied

Greek side Panathinaikos to the European Cup final

at Wembley, the scene of one of his finest playing

moments. A Johan Cryuff-inspired Ajax team

eventually won the game 2-0.

In 1991, he finally returned home to his birthplace

and remained there until his death. On 17 November

2006, Ferenc Puskas, one of the greatest ever

football players, passed away in his hometown.

Ferenc Puskas 1927-2006

Tony Topping

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BY GEORGE

LATICS SUPPORTER GEORGE CHILVERS BRINGS OUR

HISTORY TO LIFE IN GLORIOUS COLOUR…

In this mini-series, we’ll

take a look at some of

the images George has

worked on and the back

stories to their historical

significance.

An England youth international, Allen Tankard

began his career with local team Southampton

when aged just 16, becoming one of the youngest

ever players to represent the Saints in 1985.

However, after making just five appearances at

the Dell, Tankard opted to move to Wigan Athletic

in July 1988 in the search of regular first-team

football.

After making his Latics debut in a 3-2 defeat at

Bristol Rovers on the opening day of the 1988/89

campaign, Tankard was a virtual ever-present

over the next five seasons, making over 200

appearances during his time at Springfield Park.

On the back of being voted as Latics’ Player of the

Year in his final season with the Club, Tankard made

the permanent switch to Port Vale in July 1993,

where he would become a huge success at Vale

Park.

Most memorably helping the Valiants win

promotion to the Second Division in his debut

campaign, Tankard went on to feature in 324

first-team games for Vale, before linking up with

Mansfield Town in the summer of 2001.

Briefs spell with Southern League clubs Hednesford

Town and Stafford Rangers followed his one

season with the Stags, with Tankard later hanging

up his boots in July 2003.

In the latest of his colourisation series, George

Chilvers brings a historic image of Allen

Tankard in action against this afternoon’s

opponents, Reading, to life in glorious colour.

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Tankard evades Reading’s Kevin Dillon

Allen Tankard made over 200

appearances for Latics

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ON THIS DAY. ..

…17TH

SEPTEMBER

BY ANDREW WERRILL

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY PORTER!

Many happy returns to Andy Porter, celebrating his

54th birthday today!

Porter joined Latics on a

Bosman free transfer in May

1998, having spent 12 years

at Port Vale where he had

been a firm fans’ favourite

after making over 400

appearances.

After suffering a leg

injury early in his Latics

career, Porter struggled to

establish himself in Latics’ midfield and made 31

appearances, his final one for the club as a sub for

Carl Bradshaw in a 1-1 draw at Wrexham in October

1999, a game that also saw Neil Roberts and David

Lowe in home team colours.

Having already spent time out on loan at Mansfield

Town and Chester, he would join the Seals on a

permanent basis in October 2000 and became

caretaker manager in 2001. He is currently the

first team coach at Nantwich Town in the Northern

Premier League.

17TH SEPTEMBER 1957

HITCHEN REPLACES BARKAS AT SPRINGFIELD PARK

After former Bradford City and Manchester

City International full-back Sam Barkas had

resigned from his position as manager at Latics,

the Club wasted little time in appointing a

replacement.

Barkas had been told by the directors that because

the gates during the season had not been as high as

expected, they could not continue employing him on

his present salary. Barkas immediately tendered his

resignation, the sixth manager to be at Springfield

Park during the past five seasons.

Having made a great start to the season, the

Club moved quickly to appoint 30-year-old

Trevor Hitchen as temporary manager. Hitchen had

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Andy Porter made

31 appearances

for Latics after 12

years with Port

Vale

spent eight years at Haig Avenue, making more than

250 appearances for Southport and more recently

had spent the last 12 months with Oldham Athletic.

The inside forward had moved to Springfield Park in

the summer and was the current skipper.

17TH SEPTEMBER 2002

TRANMERE 0 LATICS 2

Latics and Tranmere Rovers both ended with ten

men as Paul Jewell’s side won to stay top of the

Second Division.

They gained a crucial breakthrough in the 53rd

minute when Nathan Ellington netted from the spot

after Ian Sharps brought down Andy Liddell.

Liddell retaliated and appeared to strike the

Tranmere man and was immediately red-carded by

before the kick was taken.

Latics made light work of being a man short as they

doubled their lead in the 66th minute - Ellington

getting a touch at the far post to convert an angled

header from Lee McCulloch.

Tranmere threw everything at the visitors, but Ryan

Taylor fired against a post with a 20-yard free-kick

in the 86th minute, and from the rebound, Stuart

Barlow saw his effort cleared off the line.

The Merseysiders had been reduced to 10 men

themselves in the 76th minute when former Wigan

Nathan Ellington

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striker Simon Haworth went off for his second

booking for a foul on Paul Mitchell.

Micky Mellon worked tirelessly for Tranmere and

was unlucky to see a late effort tipped over the

crossbar by goalkeeper John Filan.

Tranmere: Achterberg, Taylor, Allen, Sharps,

Roberts, Mellon, Curtis (Parkinson 73), Jones, Price

(Hume 63), Haworth, Barlow.

Subs not used: Welch, Olsen, Edwards

Sent Off: Haworth (77)

Latics: Filan, Brannan (Flynn 48), Jackson, De

Vos, McMillan, Green, Mitchell, Jarrett, McCulloch,

Liddell, Ellington.

Subs not used: Roberts, Ashcroft, Teale, Yeomans.

Goals: Ellington (54 (p), 67)

Sent Off: Liddell (53)

Att: 8,153

Colin Russell

- pictured with

Neill Rimmer

- scored twice

against Reading in

September 1988

17TH SEPTEMBER 1988

LATICS 3 READING 0

Latics, who were still looking for their first win

of the season, got off to a lively start against

Reading, but the early fireworks failed to produce

Springfield Park’s first goal of the season. Colin

Russell was unlucky to have two early

shots deflected off target, then Butler fired over

the top from five yards when he looked certain to

score.

A mistake by Holden almost gifted Reading the lead

after 30 minutes. His poorly struck pass rebounded

off Beavon to give Moran a clear run into the Latics

area but Hughes saved brilliantly diving to his right.

The deadlock was finally broken after 44 minutes

when Russell scored for Ray Mathias’ side

from close range after being set up by Neill Rimmer.

Five minutes after the break, Latics went further in

front when the ball was only half cleared to Dave

Thompson who found Mark Hilditch with a low

cross to slide it in at the far post.

A first win of the season was confirmed two

minutes later when Thompson, who had inspired

the home side all afternoon with a brilliant

performance, took a throw-in to Russell who

managed to chip Steve Francis from the edge of

the box.

Latics: Hughes, Senior, Tankard, Butler, Beesley,

Holden, Thompson, Pilling, Hilditch, Russell,

Rimmer.

Subs not used: McEwan, Hamilton.

Goals: Russell (44,54), Hilditch (50)

Reading: Francis: Elsey, Richardson, Beavon,

Hicks, Curle, Franklin, L. Taylor (S. Taylor 21),

Gordon, Moran (King 65), Gilkes

Att: 2,534

17TH SEPTEMBER 1983

LATICS 2 BRENTFORD 1

Scottish striker Alex Bruce needed just five

minutes to find his bearings after Latics boss Harry

McNally thrust him into the fray as a late substitute

against Brentford. The former Preston North End

star proved again that he has the uncanny knack

of being in the right place at the right time by

coolly tapping home an 80th-minute winner.

Fittingly, his first league goal for Latics gave the

side their first home win since early April, but

until then, it looked increasingly like one of those

frustrating afternoons.

They were stunned in the fifth minute when

Brentford’s big Bill Garner rose above a rooted

defence to head home a long throw-in from the

right, headed on by Alan Whitehead.

But soon afterwards, Brentford lost Francis Joseph

with an ankle injury and Wigan were on level terms

ten minutes after the break through Steve Taylor

who gleefully rammed in a short-range drive from a

goalmouth scramble.

After that, it was all Latics - but they needed Bruce,

back after a two-match lay-off with an ankle injury,

to turn their superiority into points.

Latics: Tunks , Cribley, Walsh, Methven, Comstive,

Butler, Langley, Barrow, Lowe, Taylor, Houghton

(Bruce 75)

Goals: Taylor (54), Bruce (80)

Brentford: Swinburne, Rowe, Roberts, McNichol,

Whitehead, Hurlock, Kamara, Joseph (Spencer),

Booker, Bullivant, Garner

Goal: Garner (5)

Att: 3,034

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DAD WISHING YOU A HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY,

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A LOVELY DAY

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HARRISON & KATIE

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LATICS SUPPORTER, BORN IN GOLBORNE, BUT

LIVED IN SA FOR OVER 40 YEARS.

HERE AT THE MATCH TODAY WITH BROTHER

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WIGAN ATHLETIC

COMMUNITY TRUST

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN-

UP FOR #FITLATICS

Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Fit Latics

programme, in partnership with the EFL Trust,

has limited places available for our next cohort of

participants.

Aimed at men aged between 35-65 with a BMI over

25, the 12-week fitness programme is held every

Monday night at the DW Stadium between 6-7pm.

The programme takes participants through a variety

of fitness and nutritional activities to improve their

health and well-being.

The new session kicked off last Monday and there

are very limited places remaining in this cohort.

If you are interested in signing up, please contact

Health Manager Jamie Cook by emailing

j.cook@wiganathletic.com

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#HAF2022 CAMPS

Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s #HAF2022

Camps, in partnership with Wigan Council, have

supported over 200 children with access to free

school meals over the summer.

The camps work with Wigan Council and external

providers to keep children active and healthy while

they are outside of the school routine over the

summer months.

Offering multi-sport activities, workshops and

access to healthy food over the summer, the Camps

ensure that children on benefit-related school meals

are supported over the School Holidays.

To find out more about our #HAF Camps, please

contact Sport and Football Officer Andy Miller by

emailing a.miller@wiganathletic.com

Support the work

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LATICS REVIEW

ACADEMY U21 UPDATE

Josh Stones was rewarded for his

excellent performance with a brace

STONES BAGS A BRACE AS

LATICS DEFEAT THE BLUES

MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER | PROFESSIONAL

DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

BIRMINGHAM CITY 1

Patterson 75’

LATICS 4

Stones 51’ + 80’, Adeeko 57’, Own Goal 81’

A SUPERB AWAY

PERFORMANCE SAW WIGAN

ATHLETIC U21S DEFEAT

BIRMINGHAM CITY U21S AT

THE ARMCO ARENA.

In a brilliant afternoon’s work, four second-half

goals helped Latics earn a deserved three points in

Solihull, and bounce back from their most recent

defeat against Cardiff City.

The young Tics headed to Solihull Moors’ Armco

Arena, determined to get back to winning ways

after four consecutive defeats in the Professional

Development League.

Latics made eight changes from their last outing

against Cardiff City, with Dylan Dwyer, Charlie

Hughes, Ethan Mitchell, Scott Smith, Abdi Sharif,

Luke Brennan, Joe Adams and Josh Stones all

coming into the starting XI.

It was the visitors, in fact, who were the first to

go close to scoring following some wonderful

combination play between Brennan and Stones.

Stones did brilliantly to hold up play and set it

out wide to Brennan who returned the favour by

squaring it to the forward, but his first-time effort

was skewed off target.

The attacking duo linked up again two minutes

later, this time admittedly more fortuitously, when

Brennan’s deflected shot deflected up in the air for

Stones to attack, but his header soared over the

crossbar from six yards out.

Stones continued to be a real handful in the opening

stages, and he once again came close to scoring

when he hit a thunderous effort on the turn from

the edge of the area, but Blues goalkeeper Alfie

Brooks dived at full stretch to push it behind. From

the resulting corner, Brennan’s delivery was met by

Mitchell, but his lofted header was cleared off the

line.

Smith was the next to threaten when he evaded a

number of challenges on an excellent run from deep

and shot from 25 yards out, but his driven effort

flew narrowly wide of the mark.

Latics almost got the goal that their impressive

first-half display deserved in the 41st minute when

Brennan’s low cross was flicked on at the near post

by Stones, but the 18-year-old couldn’t gain a strong

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Kieran Lloyd was a real attacking outlet down the right-hand side

enough connection to divert his effort into the back

of the net.

Baba Adeeko added a second for Latics

The visitors started the second half in the same

manner that they finished the first, and their good

work was finally rewarded when Stones broke

the deadlock in the 51st minute. Kieran Lloyd’s

pinpoint delivery from the right was nodded back

across goal by Brennan, and Stones was on hand to

hammer his effort into the bottom corner.

It got even better for the young Tics just six minutes

later when Adeeko doubled the visitors’ lead

following another brilliant move. Lloyd was once

again the architect, driving into the area from the

right-hand side, and picking out the run of Adeeko

who took a touch before calmly stroking his effort

into the bottom corner.

Despite having come under little pressure for the

majority of the Professional Development League

encounter, the Blues pulled a goal back when Rico

Patterson provided the finish to a low cross from

the left-hand side.

The response from Latics was exactly how you

would hope, and they hit back with two quickfire

goals. First, Stones netted his second of the

afternoon when he raced onto Brennan’s through

ball and finished confidently beyond the onrushing

goalkeeper. Latics then added a fourth when

Adams’ dangerous low cross was turned into the

back of the net by the Blues defender.

For Latics, it then became the case of protecting

their hard-fought lead during the dying stages, and

they held on to earn a superb victory at the Armco

Arena.

Latics: Mooney, Lloyd (Capt), Hughes, Mitchell, Dwyer;

Smith, Sharif, Adeeko; Adams (Chentouf 85), Stones,

Brennan.

Subs: Sumner, Grewal, Worsley.

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Kyle Worsley

ONE OF

OUR OWN

ACADEMY SPOTLIGHT

Can you tell us more about your footballing

background and when you first joined Wigan

Athletic?

KW: “I began playing football at Manchester United,

and I was in their development squads from the age

of four. I then moved to Blackburn Rovers, and I was

there for two seasons before I signed for Wigan

Athletic.

“I was able to get over an injury that I picked up at

Blackburn, and the Club gave me the opportunity

to play regularly. I have really enjoyed my time here

so far!”

What position do you play, and what do you enjoy

the most about playing there?

KW: “The position that I play is striker, but I can

also play on the left or right wing. The thing that

I enjoy most about being a striker is having the

responsibility to score goals for the team, and

leading from the front.

“I love running towards goal with the ball at my feet

because that’s when I am the most dangerous.”

At the start of the 2022/23 Professional

Development League campaign, you were named

captain of the Wigan Athletic U18s. How much

have you enjoyed having that responsibility?

KW: “It’s an honour to be able to captain the

U18s. The coaches have given me the role for a

KYLE

WORSLEY

AGE: 17

POSITION: Forward

FROM: Denton,

Manchester

YEAR JOINED: 2019

reason, and I know I can do it. I enjoy having the

responsibility and I think it helps me as a person as

well as on the pitch.

“I am proud to play for Wigan Athletic. The Club

thrives off hard work and passion for the game, and

that’s what I like to deliver. Playing for the badge

means everything and I always try to give my all

every week.”

How much have you learned during your time with

Latics Academy?

KW: “I’ve learned a lot about myself as a person.

The coaches get the best out of me, and I always

receive great opportunities to play and develop.

They have a lot of belief in me, and hopefully I will

be able to repay them.”

Do you have any goals that you want to achieve

during your time at the Academy?

KW: “This year, my aim is to be the top goalscorer

for the U18s, and work my way into the U21s squad

as the season progresses.”

What is your biggest inspiration to succeed in the

sport?

KW: “My family are a huge inspiration, and my Dad,

in particular, has been my biggest supporter. He

has driven me everywhere and followed me on my

journey. He always picks me up when I need it the

most, and because he’s played at a decent level,

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Kyle Worsley has enjoyed an

excellent start to the new season

he always helps me by giving me the advice to

improve.

Cristiano Ronaldo is

Kyle’s sporting idol

“I want to succeed for the people that have helped

me, from my host family to the coaches who want

me to do well. I want to repay them for giving me

the opportunity and the chances to play.”

Which football player did you grow up idolising?

KW: “It was, and always will be Cristiano Ronaldo.

I am a big Manchester United fan, but it’s more

about what he has achieved in his career, and the

dedication and sacrifices he has made to make it

happen.

“I look up to him and think that anyone can achieve

what they want to achieve with the right attitude

and work ethic.”

What’s your favourite food?

KW: “My favourite food is a Sunday roast, and I love

mine with mint sauce all over it!”

What sort of music do you like to listen to?

KW: “I like Lil Baby, but I love a good, slow song

before a game. It makes me feel certain emotions,

and it helps me get in a calm and relaxed space.”

What were the first pair of football boots that you

owned?

KW: “My first pair of boots were the black and

yellow Adidas F50s.”

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YOUR HISTORY SUPPORTER

INTERVIEW

AFTER WE PROUDLY CELEBRATED OUR 90TH ANNIVERSARY IN MAY,

WE’RE HANDING THE SPOTLIGHT OVER TO OUR SUPPORTERS TO LEARN

MORE ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENTS IN OUR HISTORY!

Adam with Latics boss

Leam Richardson

Adam with

Latics

defender

Curtis Tilt

Adam PENDLEBURY

Age: 42

First Home: Doncaster Rovers, 2-1 win, Saturday 12

September 1987

First Away: Altrincham, 1-0 defeat, Saturday 3

December 1994

First Hero: Peter Atherton

How long have you supported Wigan Athletic?

35 years.

What are your earliest memories of supporting

Wigan Athletic?

The smell of the toilets, and being able to switch

ends at half-time in order to enjoy the best viewing

position.

What’s your favourite ever Latics game?

The 3-2 victory over West Ham United in April 2011 -

the game had everything!

What’s been your favourite Latics kit?

My favourite kit is the 1996/97 home kit which was

worn by the likes of Roberto Martinez and Isidro

Diaz.

Which Latics goal is your all-time favourite and

why?

Ben Watson’s header in the FA Cup Final. It is very

obvious for the reason why! In the league, it would

be Hugo Rodallega’s at Stoke City in 2011 due to the

sheer relief and excitement.

Do you have a favourite ever Latics player?

Arjan De Zeeuw.

Who do you go to Latics games with?

My friends.

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Adam Pendlebury is

a committee member

of the Wigan Athletic

Supporters Club

Adam with

former

Latics star

and England

international

Reece James

What are your hopes for the 2022/23

Championship campaign?

Great team spirit, excellent coaches, an exceptional

manager and savvy recruitment should mean a

good chance of a top-half finish!

Adam Pendlebury was suddenly diagnosed

with a brain tumour last month, and

immediately underwent surgery a week later.

Which is your favourite stand to watch home

games from and why?

The East Stand. The atmosphere is brilliant and I

can also top up my tan!

Where’s the furthest you have travelled to watch

Latics play?

Bruges to see us face Zulte Waregem in the Europa

League!

The Progress with Unity Podcast host

decided to raise money for the Macmillan

charity by shaving off his hair before the

surgery. He set up an online donation page on

the night of the surgery, and has since raised

over £3,500.

The Club would like to send its best wishes to

Adam, and if any Latics supporters would like

to donate to his fundraising campaign, please

scan the QR code below.

What is your most treasured Latics possession

and why?

My FA Cup Final matchday programme!

What makes being a Latics supporter so special?

It’s a family club and you really feel part of it. It’s

also never boring!

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FIXTURES & RESULTS 2022/23

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DATE KO/FA OPPOSITION COMP ATT. DATE KO/FA OPPOSITION COMP ATT.

Sat 30 Jul D 0-0 PRESTON NORTH END CHAMP 15,429 Mon 26 Dec 15:00 MIDDLESBROUGH CHAMP

Sat 6 Aug D 1-1 NORWICH CITY CHAMP 25,595 Thu 29 Dec 19:45 SUNDERLAND CHAMP

Tue 9 Aug L 1-0 FLEETWOOD TOWN C CUP 1,761 Sun 1 Jan 15:00 HULL CITY CHAMP

Sat 13 Aug D 1-1 BRISTOL CITY CHAMP 9,822 Sat 14 Jan 15:00 CARDIFF CITY CHAMP

Tue 16 Aug P-P COVENTRY CITY CHAMP - Sat 21 Jan 15:00 LUTON TOWN CHAMP

Sat 20 Aug W 0-1 BIRMINGHAM CITY CHAMP 16,013 Sat 28 Jan 15:00 WEST BROMWICH ALBION CHAMP

Sat 27 Aug L 1-5 BURNLEY CHAMP 14,506 Sat 4 Feb 15:00 BLACKBURN ROVERS CHAMP

Tue 30 Aug D 1-1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION CHAMP 10,526 Sat 11 Feb 15:00 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN CHAMP

Sat 3 Sep W 1-2 LUTON TOWN CHAMP 9,885 Wed 15 Feb 19:45 BRISTOL CITY CHAMP

Sat 10 Sep P-P BLACKBURN ROVERS CHAMP

Sat 18 Feb 15:00 NORWICH CITY CHAMP

Tue 13 Sep W 1-2 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN CHAMP 17,941 Sat 25 Feb 15:00 PRESTON NORTH END CHAMP

Sat 17 Sep 15:00 READING CHAMP

Sat 4 Mar 15:00 BIRMINGHAM CITY CHAMP

Sat 1 Oct 15:00 ROTHERHAM UNITED CHAMP

Sat 11 Mar 15:00 BURNLEY CHAMP

Wed 5 Oct 19:45 HULL CITY CHAMP

Tue 14 Mar 19:45 COVENTRY CITY CHAMP

Sat 8 Oct 15:00 CARDIFF CITY CHAMP

Sat 18 Mar 15:00 WATFORD CHAMP

Sat 15 Oct 15:00 SUNDERLAND CHAMP

Sat 1 Apr 15:00 QUEENS PARK RANGERS CHAMP

Wed 19 Oct 19:45 MIDDLESBROUGH CHAMP

Fri 7 Apr 15:00 SHEFFIELD UNITED CHAMP

Sat 22 Oct 15:00 QUEENS PARK RANGERS CHAMP

Mon 10 Apr 15:00 SWANSEA CITY CHAMP

Sat 29 Oct 15:00 WATFORD CHAMP

Sat 15 Apr 15:00 BLACKPOOL CHAMP

Wed 2 Nov 19:45 STOKE CITY CHAMP

Tue 18 Apr 20:00 STOKE CITY CHAMP

Sat 5 Nov 15:00 SWANSEA CITY CHAMP

Sat 22 Apr 15:00 MILLWALL CHAMP

Sat 12 Nov 15:00 BLACKPOOL CHAMP

Sat 29 Apr 15:00 READING CHAMP

Sat 10 Dec 15:00 MILLWALL CHAMP

Sat 6 May 15:00 ROTHERHAM UNITED CHAMP

Sat 17 Dec 15:00 SHEFFIELD UNITED CHAMP

HOME

AWAY

*Correct as of 14/09/22 at 5pm

HOME

P W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS

1 Sheffield United 9 4 0 0 11 1 2 2 1 6 4 +12 20

2 Norwich City 8 3 1 0 8 2 2 0 2 4 4 +6 16

3 Blackburn Rovers 9 3 0 2 7 5 2 0 2 4 6 0 15

4 Reading 8 4 0 0 8 2 1 0 3 1 9 -2 15

5 Burnley 9 1 3 0 7 5 2 2 1 8 4 +6 14

6 Bristol City 8 3 0 1 8 3 1 2 1 8 8 +5 14

7 Watford 9 3 0 1 6 4 0 4 1 3 5 0 13

8 Wigan Athletic 8 0 3 1 3 7 3 1 0 6 3 -1 13

9 Preston North End 9 0 4 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 0 +1 12

10 Sunderland 8 1 2 1 6 4 2 0 2 5 5 +2 11

11 Queens Park Rangers 8 2 1 1 7 5 1 1 2 5 6 +1 11

12 Stoke City 9 1 2 1 5 4 2 0 3 6 7 0 11

13 Blackpool 8 1 1 2 4 5 2 1 1 5 5 -1 11

14 Cardiff City 9 2 1 1 3 2 1 1 3 4 8 -3 11

15 Hull City 9 3 0 2 7 9 0 2 2 4 9 -7 11

16 Rotherham United 7 2 2 0 8 2 0 2 1 1 4 +3 10

17 Millwall 8 3 0 1 7 3 0 1 3 2 8 -2 10

18 West Bromwich Albion 8 1 3 0 7 4 0 3 1 5 6 +2 9

19 Luton Town 8 0 2 2 2 4 2 1 1 5 4 -1 9

20 Middlesbrough 9 2 2 1 8 7 0 1 3 5 8 -2 9

21 Swansea City 9 1 1 3 3 8 1 2 1 4 4 -5 9

22 Birmingham City 8 1 1 2 4 5 1 1 2 1 3 -3 8

23 Huddersfield Town 8 1 1 3 6 7 0 0 3 2 6 -5 4

24 Coventry City 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 5 10 -6 1

AWAY

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6. Jordan COUSINS l

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30. Thelo AASGAARD l

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1. Joe LUMLEY l

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4. Sam HUTCHINSON l

5. Tom McINTYRE l

6. Scott DANN l

7. Shane LONG l

8. Jeff HENDRICK l

9. Lucas JOAO l

10. Tom INCE l

11. Yakou MEITE l

12. Baba RAHMAN l

14. Ovie EJARIA l

15. Femi AZEEZ l

16. Dejan TETEK l

17. Andy YIADOM l

18. Nesta GUINNESS-WALKER l

19. Tyrese FORNAH l

21. Dean BOUZANIS l

22. Mamadou LOUM l

23. Junior HOILETT l

24. Naby SARR l

25. Jokull ANDRESSON l

28. Mamadi CAMARA l

30. Kelvin ABREFA l

31. Coniah BOYCE-CLARKE l

32. Nelson ABBEY l

33. John CLARKE l

34. Louie HOLZMAN l

35. Kelvin EHIBHATIOMHAN l

36. Michael CRAIG l

37. Kian LEAVY l

38. Michael STICKLAND l

39. Jahmari CLARKE l

40. Rashawn SCOTT l

41. Claudio OSORIO l

43. Hamid ABDEL-SALAM l

44. Sam PAUL l

45. Ben PURCELL l

46. Jack SENGA-NGOYI l

48. Basil TUMA l

Referee: David Webb

Assistant Referee: Shaun Hudson | Assistant Referee: Matthew Mcgrath

Fourth Official: Adam Herczeg

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