Much to the pleasure of our neighbours, back in 2005 as Latics began their Premier League campaign a Wigan Athletic flag flew proudly in Aspull Towers garden.
I was working on the idea if it was good enough for the Queen to fly her “standard” at Buckingham Palace was she was at home it was good for Latics whilst in the top flight.
Over the eight seasons of annoying the suits of the “BIG” ©lubs and irritating the life out of the media our estate became use to knowing when their local team was playing at home.
An added bonus was I also got to fly the English flag on St Georges day along with when the 3Lion’s were playing in a World Cup or the Euro, mind you it was never up for long in those tournaments.
However relegation meant the flag pole was withdrawn from service and a black cloud hung over Fingerpost.
The FA Cup win changed all that, remember the freebie flags that were on every seat of Ben Watson day?
The light bulb moment came and the little Wembley-Wigan flag has flown continuously all through from last years Final to this except for St Georges Day, surviving all the wind and rain that has battered it on it’s way to and from Rivington moors.
So when the old trophy is raised into a sunlit sky later today by whichever Captain it is only fit and right as we are no longer the holders of the most famous Cup in the world.
Mind you we did give a damm good defence of it reaching the semis and only going out on penalities.
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