Council say keep on believing

Lord Peter Smith and Coun David Molyneux (rear) with Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan
Lord Peter Smith and Coun David Molyneux (rear) with Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan

KEEP on believing - that’s the message from Wigan Council as they launched the latest leg of their “Believe in Wigan” campaign, ahead of the Warriors’ Challenge Cup final appearance.

Their campaign began with Wigan Athletic’s historic victory in the FA Cup final and continued with Leigh Centurions’ stunning Northern Rail Cup win and now it goes on as the Wigan rugby lads travel to Wembley face Hull FC.

The council is calling on the borough to keep believing and get behind the Warriors as they look to continue Wigan Borough’s extraordinary winning streak.

The council and the club have come together to launch a new “Believe in Wigan” campaign to mark the Warriors’ appearance in the final for the 30th time.

Merchandising brandished with the “Believe in Wigan” slogan is being produced, events are being planned around Wigan and the town centre is to be decorated with posters, balloons and floor vinyls - but this time in red instead of blue.

Local businesses are being asked to show their support and the council is also encouraging its staff to back the campaign.

Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council, said: “Here we go again. After such successful campaigns for Wigan Athletic and Leigh Centurions, we couldn’t fail to fully support the Warriors in their bid to bring the Challenge Cup back to Wigan again.

“It would be quite something to have the FA Cup winners, the Northern Rail Cup winners and the Challenge Cup winners all in one borough.”

Ian Lenagan, chairman of Wigan Warriors, added: “The Challenge Cup final is always a splendid occasion and I encourage everyone to get behind ‘Believe in Wigan’. We want to build some momentum going into the game and bring back the cup.”

Earlier this year, the campaign attracted coverage around the world and caught the imagination of people across the borough.

Warriors fans have already been showing their support, snapping up cup final tickets at a rapid rate.

They are currently available to shareholders, seasonal members, lottery agents and other members with each entitled to two tickets per person.

Such has been the response, only certain blocks are available at Wembley for the big match.

These are:

Blocks 534, 535, 536, 544, 545, priced at £21

Blocks 533, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, priced at £26

Blocks 530, 531, 533, 538, 541, 542, 546,548, 549, priced at £31

Block 528, priced at £51

Any remaining tickets will go on general sale from 9am on Saturday to personal callers only and from 10am via internet sales, no telephone calls will be accepted on Saturday.

There are also single tickets available in blocks priced at £41 and £61,however these are close to selling out and fans are asked to contact the DW Stadium Ticket Office for more information.

A number of travel and accommodation packages have also been arranged and can be purchased by contacting the club.