It’s bizarre to think that it’s five years next May since we lifted the FA Cup.
Five years since the defining moment in our history, five years since the eyes of the world were upon us. I often think we aren’t given the credit we deserve for our cup win.
Probably as a result of being relegated in the same week, we were destined to be that team who won the cup but also got relegated from the Premier League. But I’ve yet to meet another sane Wiganer who would swap what we had on that day in May and the European campaign that followed for another season in the greed is good league.
Although it’s been nearly five years since we did win the cup we’ve managed to cram a lot in since. The aforementioned European campaign, probably the best defence of the cup in living memory as we knocked out Manchester City in their own back yard before taking Arsenal all the way at Wembley.
Two failed dawns as we were relegated from the Championship – twice and a fantastic League One title.
It seems that we’re heading on an upward trajectory again and as Latics have proved once again this week they’re a match for anyone in this division. We’ll be back in the limelight on Friday where we’ll be back as the big name again.
AFC Fylde or Kirkham & Wesham in old money look a well run club, picking up disgruntled Blackpool fans galore in recent years and they look to be in with a serious shout of reaching the Football League before long.
They’ll be hoping to spring the shock of round two by knocking out the former winners and highest ranked club left in the competition. We’ve got to make sure that’s just a pipe dream. A win on Friday under the lights and in front of the TV cameras could be just the shot in the arm required as we head in to the festive period.
First published in the Wigan Post, Friday 1st December 2017
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