A Perfect Hat-Trick #6 – Changing Man

A Perfect Hat-Trick #6 – Changing Man

The best thing about being a Latics fan is how the club have developed a knack of lulling you into a false sense of finality before raising hopes, expectations and a few eyebrows with a revival that would compete with anything that happened to Lazarus.  The thing is that, when you’ve been through as many comebacks as Latics fans have, you sort to come to expect it, and that feeling of finality is never quite as final as it used to be.

Shy Talk

Shy Talk

Can booking a podcast recording between two “must win” games ever be a good idea? Episode 20 of the Pie at Night Podcast sees the intrepid Mafiosi do just that and, well… as someone once said, if you can’t get what you want, but have a go anyway, you might get what you need (although they said it with more rhythm, a tune and tighter jeans).

Defensible Decisions

Defensible Decisions

I believe that stability is good for a football club; that maintaining a core squad that you build on over time is a good thing; that sacking managers often achieves nothing other than a short term boost followed by instability; that being a chairman that sacks managers is a dangerous habit to fall into and that, in general, standing by your decisions is likely to bring rewards in the long term. But, and you knew that was coming, I also believe that being able to identify that you’ve made a wrong decision and having the balls to admit and act on it, is a real sign of leadership.

Age of Consent

Age of Consent

It’s been a while, it feels like ages, but the Pie at Night is back with a podcast recorded, cleverly, just before a game, just to make sure we end up looking like idiots. Ravaged by the three pronged evils of taking your kids to the game, man-flu and having to drive from Yorkshire, the three musketeers; Jimmy, Alan and Dylan try to whip up the spirits of the last time they recorded before a game, triple handedly securing Will Grigg’s last league goal and victory against Wolves.

Not Got a Clue

Not Got a Clue

I sat down to write a preview for the Derby and Huddersfield games earlier and got about 750 words in before I realised that I’d basically just said “I’ve not got a clue”.   I’ve not got a clue why Latics are in the position they’re in, I’ve not got a clue why Warren Joyce is struggling to get, at least, the same level of performance out of the team that Gary Caldwell did and I’ve not got a clue how we’re going to get out of it.  So I’ve started again.

I HAD A DREAM

I HAD A DREAM

Sorry, we had a dream. It wasn’t a complicated dream. Just one about it being a good idea to get some friends and fellow Latics sorts in the same room; to enjoy fine ales, nibbles and the best pies we could lay our hands on, without a massive hike in the ticket price; and see

Sixy Talk – Class Crime

Sixy Talk – Class Crime

We’re back once again like a train trying to get into Wigan Northwestern station after a landslide.  To be honest, the lack of Sixy Talk hasn’t been from want of trying, but when we realised that the last article coincided with the victory at Cardiff, we decided to put some extra effort in this week and got in touch with Dave Woodhall from Villa fanzine Heroes & Villains.  So, Dave, who are ya?

Rash team selection puts Latics on back foot?

Rash team selection puts Latics on back foot?

Five minutes in and the over-riding thought of Warren Joyce’s first ‘proper game’ at the DW Stadium (it’s only right, for so many reasons, that we wipe the Reading game from our minds) is that at least we’re not 2-0 down (I said “only fair”, we were 2-0 down after 5 minutes, that sort of thing isn’t easy to forget).  But with Derby and Latics holding the dubious honour of being the Championship’s joint lowest scorers, that was hardly ever going to happen.

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