A wonderful Wigan wedding

Latics fans Jeff Scott and Karen Gibson are getting married at the home of Wigan Athletic
Latics fans Jeff Scott and Karen Gibson are getting married at the home of Wigan Athletic

WIGAN Athletic fans would be forgiven for assuming that another new signing is on the way after viewing an Aston Martin pulling up at the DW Stadium.

But this Saturday it means two lifelong Wigan Athletic fans will be about the tie the knot at a unique Blue and White themed wedding ceremony.

Season ticket holders Karen Gibson and Jeff Scott will get married on Saturday afternoon but will have one eye on the score over at Oakwell as Latics kick off their Championship campaign.

Bride Karen, 45, said: “We booked the DW a while ago - before we were relegated - and I wanted there to be a home game on so I could sit in the stands in my wedding dress.

“All of our guests are Latics fans as well so I’m sure we’ll be keeping up with the score as our ceremony is at 4pm.

“I had the stadium in mind for our wedding for a while and then I saw an advert at the ground and it confirmed it in my mind.

“Jeff wasn’t too keen at first but after we saw the reception room all kitted out our minds were made up.”

Karen, of Crestwood Avenue, Marus Bridge, said she had been through the highs and lows of Latics’ season last year, providing perhaps the perfect preparation for a wedding day.

She said: “We really went through the whole range of emotions - to win the FA Cup and then be relegated days later. And then when Roberto (Martinez) left, I was so upset and angry. I had been defending him to my friends through the speculation and I did feel let down when he left.

“I used to watch at Springfield Park when Roberto and the three Amigos were playing. I did think he would stay.

“But Owen Coyle has made a good start with his signings so far. I wasn’t too sure about his appointment because of the Bolton connection but we have to give him a chance.

“Hopefully the team will start their season with a win at Barnsley and cap off a perfect day with us.

“They should be winning the game as a wedding present to us!”

Jeff, 51, and Karen’s son James, 12, - who has been a season ticket holder for nine seasons already - will be part of the wedding party turning up at the stadium in the classic car.

And the family are keen supporters of the Joseph’s Goal charity campaign and will be helping to raise money on their wedding day.

Karen said: “They will have blue and white on their waistcoats and I will have Latics colours for my bouquet of flowers. We’re just really, really big Latics fans.

“And anything we can do to support Joseph’s Goal, to raise awareness of the campaign or bring in some donations, we’d love to do that.

“I have my final dress fitting this week and then that’s it, we’re looking forward to our big day.”