Hello, good morning and welcome to your weekly look at what’s been going on at the good ship Pie at Night, with Wigan Athletic and the assorted flotsam and jetsam that bob along aside them like erm… flotsam and jetsam I suppose. “A nautical theme?”, you ask, well I wasn’t planning one and have no idea where that first sentence came from, other than to say it’s a bit appropriate seeing as our week started down on the south coast at Bournemouth.
And seeing as he’s now wandered off into the sunset, I can now do my joke about Ivan Toney earning us a draw at Dean Court. Either way, it was an exciting affair and the tension in the last twenty minutes or so certain made Alan think twice about whether the romance of the cup is dead. Read about it, and some other random things that were bothering him here:
Away from that, we were all excited by the return of Shaun MacDonald to the squad,
— The Pie at Night (@pieatnight_WAFC) January 6, 2018
Such good news that the rumours of Lee Evans missing the cup game because Wolves were about to sell him to Sheffield Utd for a Latics budget busting £750k were almost palatable. By the time Evans finally went, we’d welcomed Jamie Walker to the fold and were asking whether the team could actually be better off. Only to get hit with the bad news yesterday…
— The Pie at Night (@pieatnight_WAFC) January 12, 2018
Fingers crossed for Shaun, and let’s hope we see him back on the pitch soon.
Still, at least we’re not Liverpool. Imagine getting upset about losing one of your players for *only* £140 million. Hopefully other clubs will be following liverpool’s lead by replacing shirts that people bought with the names of players that depart in January printed on them.
— The Pie at Night (@pieatnight_WAFC) January 7, 2018
Not all Liverpool fans were quite so downhearted about it though, this chap in particular looking to come up with the next “Will Grigg’s on fire” to cheer people up…
The Fab Three Song ? ?
'BUT WE'VE GOT SALAH DO DO DO DO DO DO'
? Richy Sheehy, YouTube pic.twitter.com/eqhwvQiB9A
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) January 10, 2018
Closer to home and Tuesday saw Jimmy have a chat with Emmerson Boyce.
It wasn’t just aimless chit-chat though, as you’ll know because you’ve read it. But Jimmy’s tweet probably sums it up best.
Who's fancies this then? Walking 20 miles on Friday and 12 on Saturday via the Knott End ferry then on to the game. The "odd" beer and food stop, a good laugh and a world of pain, all for a good cause @JosephsGoal https://t.co/xMp9Illx7V #wafc
— Mudhutter (@mudhutter) January 10, 2018
There’ll be more news about how you can get involved soon so keep your eyes peeled.
From Latics legends, we moved to Latics leg ends and the latest vote in our quest to build the worst ever Latics squad. It seems that justice prevailed with the winner of our Winger Group Two (because some people don’t know the difference between left and right) Poll being genuinely one of least effective players ever to pull on the shirt.
So, onto pool 2 of the wingers (aka not midfielders or strikers) in the #wafc Emporium of Shite. After the Ojo debacle we debated not giving you the choice at all, but here you go…
— The Pie at Night (@pieatnight_WAFC) January 10, 2018
That led us to our obligatory podcast promo. Jimmy providing our week two run down and trying to avoid the question everyone was asking. Is there too much football in it?
Somewhere around this point, “Any News Al?” had slipped the bombshell that the Latics takeover was as good as done and that the delay now sat with the Football League who were doing their bit to ratify the sale. In the search for news, we came across this.
— The Pie at Night (@pieatnight_WAFC) January 9, 2018
As we said at the time, we assume it’s made up, but who knows what might come out at that first press conference.
It definitely won’t be a plug for our t-shirts mind. Four new designs joined the fold this week and you can find them now, in our shop, with the assorted t-shirts, mugs and jumpers that we try to flog to pay for the upkeep of this place and batteries for the sound recorder we use to subject you to the podcast.
Buy one, not because it stops us losing money, but because they’re actually quite nice, or so people tell us.
Ok, so when we say “lose money” we’re not talking about our kids going hungry, we’d be stupid if we let that happen, especially as Alan is full of tips on how his mum used to spread the family food budget over the week.
As sure as a chippy tea follows a #councilteathursday then Friday brings our 12th Man columns. This week, Jimmy plots revenge against the Posh and gets a(nother) dig into Shrewsbury,
Sean (as always) is a little less controversial, focussing on the Bournemouth game (not that he likes to talk about Bournemouth, did you know he went to the cup replay there in 2013 for example, I thought not)…
To wrap things up, we’ve got three tweet of the week contenders. Firstly, in third place, there’s this shocking effort from Sleaford Mods, that proves what all us northerners knew already, that southerner do chippys all wrong…
Switched chip shops but realised that it doesn’t really matter. You get what you get. It’s not a fuckin taster menu is it.
— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) January 6, 2018
Then we have this brilliant spot that proves that the acting and quality standards on Corrie are as high as they’ve ever been
— Tom Hughes (@Tom_Hughes10) January 8, 2018
And our winner this week goes to Leeds, where @deadbloke asks the question we’d all be asking this week, if only we were funny and clever enough…
£10k to write your name on a couple of livers? Wonder how much Terence Trent D’Arby made? #TheNews
— Mags (@deadbloke) January 12, 2018
Anyway, enjoy the game today, if you’re going. If not then enjoy B&Q…
See you on the other side.