You know when you fill a magazine with despair, moaning and vitriol and then something happens which improves the mood dramatically as to render 80% of your content redundant just a few hours before it is due to go to the printers? Yeah, that.
Only kidding, when were we ever topical in the first place? I don’t quite know what to make of this one from the front page to the back but it just about captures the euphoria of a trip to Wembley thanks to a few late substitutions but is still punctuated with resignation and concern about the dire Premier League situation we find ourselves in and the general malaise surrounding our hapless, hopeless and occasionally absolutely unplayable football team. So yes, if it’s a reflection of the football team you’re after them expect to see a magazine that is regularly underperforming, occasionally brilliant but mostly moody, surly and nonchalant while the rest of the world is screaming blue murder.
It’s not just about the football though. We’ve got comic book theme park nostalgia, musical youth revisited, the ubiquitous pie and chippy chat along with plenty of sideways reminiscing about Wigan life. From Lionel Messi to Italia ’90 and all your usual football columns and regular features all the way back to comment on the club’s recent and somewhat unexpected FA Cup run. 48 shiny, loving pages of it for the knock down price of £2.00.
Where can you buy this pile of gubbins, I hear you cry even though I tell you this every two months. Well if you’re at the match you’ll find a bunch of socially inadequate sellers stood on the bridge by the South & East Stand, opposite Rigalettos and also wandering around the South Stand Bar & Champions Bar.
It’s also currently on sale in the following stockists:
Waterstones, Grand Arcade
Sparks News, Wallgate
Mesnes Road News
Brickmakers Arms, Woodhouse Lane
Programme Man on Robin Park
Or you can simply buy the thing online and save the inevitable creasing issues or leaving it in the pub by getting it delivered to your house in pristine condition. Unless your postman has a big walk. Or drinks a lot. But we’ll do our bit at least.
Buy online here: http://www.mudhutsmedia.co.uk/emods/easyshop/easyshop.php?prod.68
The digital version will be online early next week for those of you who like taking a big black shiny thing to the bog with you these days.
That’s it, see you later for more doom, misery and recriminations.
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