Safety with a game to spare, what was all the fuss about?
Saturday was a bizarre day, the last year of following our football club has been bizarre but Saturday was the most bizarre of the lot. With so much riding on the result, in normal times there would be a convoy of Latics fans leaving Lancashire to head over to Hull by plane, train and automobile. Well perhaps not plane.
Instead it was that usual Saturday routine of filling the day with shopping, family visits before finding time to stick the laptop on.
I’m unsure if it was the fact that Rochdale had suffered such a sucker punch on Wednesday against Wimbledon or if it was the fact that Swindon always felt more of a decider that I didn’t have the nerves I anticipated ahead of Saturday’s match.
It helped that Rochdale and Northampton fell behind early on but as Hull predictably went ahead those nerves kicked in. God knows what it would have felt like if we were there.
Probably easier actually, as a wide range of liquid lubrication among fellow minded Tics would have helped matters no end.
Latics were very good value for a point at Hull, certainly going off the first half showing. Hull are clearly a decent side, the side that we lost to both times this season wasn’t too different to the team we dismantled 8-0 just over a year ago.
That shows what’s possible in League One if you can retain the bulk of your side and get off to a decent start. Nonetheless we quickly found ourselves 2-1 behind and chasing the game.
Still we were in the game and if the referee had awarded one of two stonewall penalties in the first half we could have gone in level. In the end it didn’t matter.
What an amazing turn around in fortunes for Wigan Athletic, from staring in to the abyss since July last season Latics can genuinely look forward now. New owners who actually care about the club, league one status confirmed for another season with a game to spare and a new permanent management team with a long term goal in mind.
At times last season I thought we may never see them again, to know that when we do finally get back in to Stadiums it will be watching a League One club is beyond my wildest expectations.
The scars of the last twelve months won’t go away, there’ll be a special place reserved in hell for Au Yeung, Stanley Choi and those who assisted them in what they did to our club, our town and our people but all of that is now in the past. It’s time for us to look forward.
How exciting will it be next season? Let’s hope Covid is in retreat and we can have a season full of celebration. We’ve earned it. The last time we watched a League One Wigan Athletic side in the flesh was pretty good. I can’t wait to do it all over again. Roll on the away days.
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