notapatchon Plays Away – Yes I’m Completely Guessing

notapatchon Plays Away – Yes I’m Completely Guessing

I’m not usually in the business of making public predictions, but then again I’ve never been asked before.  This season Square Football have asked your humble correspondent to take place in their prediction competition so, breaking with tradition, I’ve said yes.  It should be a bit of fun, and if nothing else it’ll give me something to witter on about when the writer’s block kicks in.

N’Zogbia to Sunderland tomorrow then.

N’Zogbia to Sunderland tomorrow then.

It’s funny how different people hear things differently isn’t it?  Sky must have been pestering the club today for a line on the rumours that Sunderland are about to whisk Charles N’Zogbia away for ten bob and a bag of grapes.  Eventually they get rentaquote on the line, but there’s obviously no story in the news that N’Zogbia is happy at Latics and happy playing for Bobby so what they going to do?

Joker’s Wild

Joker’s Wild

“A laughing stock”, “you’re a bloody joke Wigan”, “we need to sign some proper quality”.   If I’d had a quid every time I’d heard those sentiments over the last six years then I’d have a few quid in the bank, or I might have pissed it all up the wall.  No, I’d almost definitely have pissed it up the wall, but that’s by-the-by, my point is that we’re on a seemingly endless spiral where the club sell some players, then buy some more and all to a soundtrack of mass panic from the boys and girls of the East Stand Hot Air Marching Band.

Just another manic, err, Tuesday

Just another manic, err, Tuesday

I suppose the time has come to give up on thoughts of last season’s end of term review (with apologies to Charles N’Zogbia, Maynor Figueroa, James McCarthy and the teams that beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool).  It might only seem like a week or so since the World Cup final, but with the season breathing down our neck it’s probably about time that we started to pay Latics some attention, after all they spent most of yesterday jumping up and down trying to catch our eye.

Manchester, so much to answer for

Manchester, so much to answer for

The notapatchon playlist #6

It’s been a while since the last notapatchon playlist predominately, as with most things around here, because I’m lazy.  I was thinking about that after the little perm dragged me out of bed at way too early o’clock this morning when I was trying to put a plan of attack together for my afternoon/night out in Manchester (a bit hard when your cohorts are safely tucked up in bed).  “Manchester, so much to answer for” sang Morrissey all those years back, his line might have had more sinister connotations, but the line is true on so many levels, not least in regard to my music tastes.

You wait ages for a bos…

You wait ages for a bos…
A familiar pose from a popular goal scorer?

…and then Juve start sniffing around your best player.

So there you have it, 1st June, contracts are ending and the window is thrown open (found yourself a club yet, Paul?).  Latics jumped the gun a bit, announcing the signing of Mauro Boselli from Argentine giants Estudientes or Boca Juniors, one or the other, or both on Wednesday.  (Imagine how complicated South American Panini albums must be, dies Kia Joorabchian have his own page as well as each club?).  Still you can’t blame them for the excitement, not because they managed to close a deal with hardly any fuss but because they’ve bagged a striker with a better than average scoring rate from a better than average league.

A Verdict or thereabouts – Season Review

A Verdict or thereabouts – Season Review


Before we start, I’ve a burning desire to justify why it’s taken me a month to get a start on the season review.  The end if the season did coincide with a period where I’ve just had better things to do, but there’s more to it than that.  Sat at home, with an 8-0 defeat still swimming in my brain and ringing in my ears it wouldn’t have been possible to put the difficult season in the right context and, whether it was an over bearing pessimism or a quest to find positives in everything, an oddly shaped worm would have been wriggling its way around the words. 

The Roaring Psychedelic Octopus to see off Moco

The Roaring Psychedelic Octopus to see off Moco

We’ve had our own mini-break over at “Patch Towers” what with getting over end of season thrashings, having loads of stuff on and falling in love with the world of Panini again there just hasn’t been much time. No you’re never to old, and filling those albums remains the single-most relaxingly retro past-time in the world ever, probably. We’ve a new signing  Antolin Alcaraz or Toni Alcatraz or the “Trazmeister” to those of us that can rarely remember his name, who scandalously doesn’t feature  in the album. We, barring his kidnap or worse, are looking forward to checking out our new defender in Paraguay’s World Cup games. There was a national holiday declared in Paraguay just for qualifying you know.

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