Queen Elizabeth II
WIGAN ATHLETIC V READING
SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER | 2022 | KICK OFF 15:00 | £3
THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME OF WIGAN ATHLETIC | ISSUE 05
Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II smiles on a Royal visit to the opening of Wigan Pier in March 1986
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:
NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS:
NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE CUP WINNERS:
FA TROPHY RUNNERS-UP:
RECORDS SINCE JOINING THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE:
PREMIER LEAGUE HIGHEST FINISH:
FOOTBALL LEAGUE HIGHEST FINISH:
MOST LEAGUE APPEARANCES:
KEVIN LANGLEY, 317
MOST LEAGUE GOALS:
ANDY LIDDELL, 70
DAVID LOWE, 82
MOST LEAGUE GOALS IN A SEASON:
GRAEME JONES, 31, 1996/97
RECORD TRANSFER FEE PAID:
£6,500,000 TO NEWCASTLE UNITED FOR CHARLES N’ZOGBIA,
DW STADIUM RECORD ATTENDANCE:
25,133 V MANCHESTER UNITED, PREMIER LEAGUE, MAY 2008
8-0(H) V HULL CITY, JULY 2020
HONOURS SINCE JOINING THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE:
ELECTED TO THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE:
CHAMPIONS 1996/97, PROMOTED 1981/82
CHAMPIONS 2002/03, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2021/22
PROMOTED TO THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE:
RUNNERS UP 2005/06
RUNNERS UP 2013/14
FREIGHT ROVER TROPHY:
AUTO WINDSCREEN SHIELD:
5: Third Shirt | Premium #BELIEVE
Founders able to collect shirt
6: Action Replay | Huddersfield
7: Callum Lang | Huddersfield Town
9: Today’s Opposition |
10: The Gaffer | Paul Ince
11: The Key Three
13: Latics Connections
14: The View from the Away End
18: The Big Interview | Anthony Scully
23: Crusty’s Kids Zone
26: A-Z | Jason Kerr
28: Jeff Rourke Looks Back on
2007/08 | Our Third Premiership
30: Travels in Retroland with
32: Colourised by George
38: Community Trust | News in Short
42: U21s Update | Birmingham
44: One of Our Own |
3PL Academy Spotlight
46: Your History
Editor: Jay Whittle
Contributors: Sam Whyte, Dan Newton, Bernard Platt, Tony Topping, Jeff Rourke,
George Chilvers, Zac Minns, Adam Pendlebury, Shutterstock and Jess Hornby.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman: Talal Al Hammad
Chief Executive: Malachy Brannigan
Chief Operating Officer: Dr Tom Markham
Non-Executive Director: Dr Oliver Gottmann
THIRD KIT 2022/23
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to
receive their unique discount codes.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 V 2 LATICS
A | 19:45 | Tue 13 Sep | John Smith’s Stadium
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Latics were once again backed in
numbers for the trip to West Yorkshire
32 Lees ⚽
3 Mbete /Rhodes 65’
2 Turton/Kesler-Hayden 45’
19 Holmes/Anjorin 57’
7 Thomas /Jones 45’
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.”
19 Lang ⚽/Broadhead 85’
10 Keane⚽/Naylor 76’
30 Aasgaard/Kerr 85’
28 Magennis/Wyke 77’
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
“To stay mentally strong to score at the end was
the main thing, but I definitely enjoyed getting off
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.’
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
(1926 – 2022)
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.
Select Car Leasing Stadium
Blue & White
MOST LEAGUE APPEARANCES:
Martin Hicks (500)
ALL-TIME TOP LEAGUE GOAL
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Previous Club: Sheffield
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
FROM THE VAULT
WITH WIN OVER
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.
Games Played: 48
Latics Wins: 19
Reading Wins: 18
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
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
Latics earned promotion to the Premier
League with a 3-1 victory over Reading
Games Played: 24
Latics Wins: 11
Reading Wins: 4
ALI AL HABSI
Latics: 2010-2015 | 136 appearances
Reading: 2015-2017 | 78 appearances
Latics: 1992-1993 (loan) | 15
Reading: 2005-2006 | 12
Latics: 1998-2000 | 66
Reading: 1998 (loan) Nine
Latics: 2004-2006 | 93 appearances -
Reading: 2012-2014 | 28 appearances
Latics: 2017-2018 | Seven appearances
Reading: 2008-2013 | 145 appearances
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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A DEADLINE DAY ARRIVAL, ANTHONY
SCULLY IS HOPING TO HIT THE GROUND
RUNNING AT THE DW STADIUM.
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
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
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
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.”
to make the
step up to the
“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
What was it that convinced you to make the move
to the DW Stadium?
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
“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
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
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
“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
“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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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
and Ben Amos
MY MATCH REPORT
CAN YOU HELP CRUSTY
FILL IN HIS REPORT?
WHAT DO YOU THINK
THE SCORE WILL BE?
WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE MAN OF THE MATCH?
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
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE
FULL TIME SCORE WILL BE?
WHO HAS IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST IN THE FIRST HALF?
AFTER THE FINAL WHISTLE
WHAT WAS THE FINAL SCORE?
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?
ALL MIXED UP...
CAN YOU UNSCRAMBLE THE LETTERS TO
WORK OUT THE LATICS PLAYERS NAMES?
SPOT THE BALL...
CAN YOU TELL THE POSITION
OF THE REAL BALL?
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
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> > > > > > > > > > JASON
A-Action: If you could be a superhero, which one
would you be?
JK- Superman, because he can do everything!
F-Film Fanatic: What’s your favourite film?
JK- My favourite film is Saving Private Ryan - it’s a
B- Boyhood: Which team did you support growing
JK- I grew up supporting Hibernian!
C- Childhood Crush: Who was your first celebrity
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
JK- I would be a bricklayer.
V-Vacation: Where is your favourite place to go on
JK- I really like Tenerife, I have been there a few
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.
JEFF ROURKE LOOKS BACK ON
Emmerson Boyce puts in
a tackle against Fulham
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
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
Josip Skoko in action against Fulham
Michael Brown takes
Latics forward against
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.
his leveller at
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.
||| 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Tankard evades Reading’s Kevin Dillon
Allen Tankard made over 200
appearances for Latics
ON THIS DAY. ..
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
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
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
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
Andy Porter made
for Latics after 12
years with Port
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
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
converts from the
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,
Subs not used: Roberts, Ashcroft, Teale, Yeomans.
Goals: Ellington (54 (p), 67)
Sent Off: Liddell (53)
- pictured with
- scored twice
against Reading in
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
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
Latics: Hughes, Senior, Tankard, Butler, Beesley,
Holden, Thompson, Pilling, Hilditch, Russell,
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
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
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
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
Goals: Taylor (54), Bruce (80)
Brentford: Swinburne, Rowe, Roberts, McNichol,
Whitehead, Hurlock, Kamara, Joseph (Spencer),
Booker, Bullivant, Garner
Goal: Garner (5)
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THE MESSAGE BOARD
DAD WISHING YOU A HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY,
WE HOPE YOU HAVE A LOVELY DAY
WE LOVE YOU, LEE, SCOTT & SOPHIE X
ETHAN FIDLER, CONGRATULATIONS
ON YOUR 18TH BIRTHDAY, BEST
WISHES FROM GRANDAD, NAN,
HARRISON & KATIE
KEN JONES SOUTH AFRICA’S NUMBER ONE
LATICS SUPPORTER, BORN IN GOLBORNE, BUT
LIVED IN SA FOR OVER 40 YEARS.
HERE AT THE MATCH TODAY WITH BROTHER
AND NEPHEW CHRIS JONES JNR & SNR.
UP THE TICS
HAPPY 7TH BIRTHDAY JUNIOR. LOTS OF LOVE,
MAMMY, DADDY, ALLIE-MAE & WILLOW-IVY XX
HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY, LOUISE,
LOVE & BEST WISHES FROM ALL
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
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
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
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
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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
BIRMINGHAM CITY 1
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
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
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
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
Latics: Mooney, Lloyd (Capt), Hughes, Mitchell, Dwyer;
Smith, Sharif, Adeeko; Adams (Chentouf 85), Stones,
Subs: Sumner, Grewal, Worsley.
Can you tell us more about your footballing
background and when you first joined Wigan
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
“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
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
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
How much have you learned during your time with
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
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,
Kyle Worsley has enjoyed an
excellent start to the new season
he always helps me by giving me the advice to
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
“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
KW: “My first pair of boots were the black and
yellow Adidas F50s.”
YOUR HISTORY SUPPORTER
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
First Home: Doncaster Rovers, 2-1 win, Saturday 12
First Away: Altrincham, 1-0 defeat, Saturday 3
First Hero: Peter Atherton
How long have you supported Wigan Athletic?
What are your earliest memories of supporting
The smell of the toilets, and being able to switch
ends at half-time in order to enjoy the best viewing
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
Which Latics goal is your all-time favourite and
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?
Adam Pendlebury is
a committee member
of the Wigan Athletic
What are your hopes for the 2022/23
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
Bruges to see us face Zulte Waregem in the Europa
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
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
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!
FIXTURES & RESULTS 2022/23
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
*Correct as of 14/09/22 at 5pm
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
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1. Jamie JONES l
2. Ryan NYAMBE l
3. Tom PEARCE l
4. Tom NAYLOR l
5. Jack WHATMOUGH l
6. Jordan COUSINS l
7. Gwion EDWARDS l
8. Max POWER l
9. Charlie WYKE l
10. Will KEANE l
11. James McCLEAN l
12. Ben AMOS l
14. Anthony SCULLY l
15. Jason KERR l
16. Curtis TILT l
18. Graeme SHINNIE l
19. Callum LANG l
20. Nathan BROADHEAD l
21. Joe BENNETT l
23. Ashley FLETCHER l
25. Rarmani EDMONDS-GREEN l
27. Tendayi DARIKWA l
28. Josh MAGENNIS l
30. Thelo AASGAARD l
31. James CARRAGHER l
32. Charlie HUGHES l
36. Scott SMITH l
40. Sam TICKLE l
1. Joe LUMLEY l
3. Tom HOLMES l
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
NEXT UP AT HOME
Latics v Cardiff City
Saturday 8 October 2022 | 3pm
NEXT UP AWAY
Rotherham United v Latics
Saturday 1 October 2022 | 3pm
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