Lottery Ticket

Lottery Ticket

At the risk of getting all serious for a minute, I’m really looking forward to Friday night as much for the cup tie, live on BBC spectacle as well as watching the Latics away from home and a pleasant afternoon of the away day staple of good food and fine ales. It barely feels necessary

Dear Paul

Dear Paul

An open letter to Paul Cook Hello Paul, I’m a Wigan Athletic fan. I wouldn’t dream of claiming to speak for all Wigan Athletic fans yet I still feel the need to write a few words about the past week. You’ve probably noticed that we reside in a 25,000 seater stadium and it’s barely a

Bowling for Bradford

Bowling for Bradford

I suspect many readers of this column may be familiar with the app called Timehop. Essentially it trawls through your social media accounts and tells you exactly what you were talking about one, two or even ten years ago. I occasionally find the use of it a bit tedious, like the perverse way our own

Not the programme #2

Not the programme #2

Well, it’s been quieter down at tPAN towers this week. It’s been half term and parental responsibility has taken over from messing about on the internet. Still there’s been plenty to get your teeth into, if you’re looking for some essential pre-match entertainment. We started the week considering the CheckaTrade conundrum. We’re guessing that some

The week that was

The week that was

A David Perkins goal, a surreal cup situation, a Lancashire hotpot to savour and some truly sad news means that there’s lots and lots and lots to chew over this week over in Latics Land. Let’s begin with a fine display against Blackpool and the elements on Saturday. I think it’s fair to say that

What Next?

What Next?

I could start this week’s column talking about the excellent win over Southend last Saturday, or I could even speak about the hard earned point on the road at Gillingham on Tuesday. But rightly or wrongly that all pails in to significance with the news that broke late on Sunday evening, that the tenure of

The times they are a changing…

The times they are a changing…

…and it seems that little ole’ Wigan Athletic have been singled out to be the next victim, er target for the murky world of Far Eastern Investment. Those of you who read about online will have spotted a couple of articles by myself and a good mate perhaps questioning the wisdom of this and exercising

Browned Off at Southend

Browned Off at Southend

What’s that glare heading up the M6? Why, it’s the gleaming figure of Phil Brown of course, a man who has miraculously somehow managed to resist eating himself over all these years. Whereas his Premier League days at Hull may seem a lifetime away, he deserves a lot of credit for the longevity he has

Setting the pace

Setting the pace

Ten games in. A useful marker. I remember reading somewhere about the way that the Germans would cover games in the run up to a World Cup. Far from having Wrighty and Robbie Savage clowning around on a comfy couch, the German approach would be to stand around a table wearing suits and discussing whether it was conceivable that Germany would not win the World Cup.

At the risk of going all Teutonic and serious on you, I’d like to attempt to a similar potted analysis of Wigan Athletic’s chances of promotion this season. The good news is that we are in second place, which is a promotion spot. However, bad news is that we have lost two games against the teams in 1st and 3rd.

Window Dressing

Window Dressing

So the window is slammed shut once more, although I always struggle with that metaphor. What sort of window is open continuously for 4 months a year, then stays closed for 4 months, then opens again for a month in the freezing winter and then stays shut again for another 4 months? Not to mention, hardly anything trickles through the window for months and then on the last day we try to cram everything through it.

History repeating

Paul Cook and Paul Jewell

It’s been a while since Latics made a start to the season like this one, un-beaten in the league with three wins out of three. Four out of five if we’re to include the cup win over Blackpool, even the cup defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday hasn’t seemed to dent the confidence and positivity

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