Latics back Warriors for cup success

Wigan Athletics players wish Wigan Warriors success in the Challenge Cup Final

Wigan Athletics players wish Wigan Warriors success in the Challenge Cup Final

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WIGAN is once again gripped by Wembley fever this week as the Warriors prepare to take on Hull FC in the Challenge Cup final.

The whole town is getting right behind the cherry and whites who have this week received a special “good luck” from their Latics counterparts.

Wigan Council has relaunched the “Believe” campaign which was originally set up to support the football team in their FA Cup quest.

That turned out to be successful and businesses are being asked to deck their premises out in cherry and white in support like they were blue and white in May.

There is a slight difference this time in that Wigan Warriors are favourites whereas Latics were total outsiders.

The football players took time out of their training to send the Warriors a good luck message ahead of their Wembley trip this weekend.

A number of the rugby lads did the same before the FA Cup matches and the footballers were keen to repay that support.

Latics goalkeeper Scott Carson is actually a big rugby league fan and has been a keen follower of Wigan since he was a youngster.

Dave Whelan has ensured Wigan’s game with Middlesbrough will now be played on Sunday so the whole town can watch the final and Carson says he’ll be glued to the television.

He wasn’t at the club when Latics lifted the FA Cup but knows exactly what it would mean to the town to win both trophies.

“It’s massive for Wigan as a town,” he said. “Obviously I wasn’t here last year but I remember the chairman saying as soon as Wigan won it, his next thoughts were trying to get the Challenge Cup here.

“If the two biggest cups, in probably the two biggest sports in the country, came to Wigan then it would be a special moment for the town.

“I’ll definitely be watching it. The Challenge Cup final is something I’ve always wanted to go to but with playing, the times have never really fell right. It would be nice one year to get to it and if it’s Wigan there, it’s even better for me.”

Carson joined a number of his teammates in wishing the Warriors the best of luck at their Christopher Park training ground.

l Don’t miss a full interview with Scott Carson in this week’s Wigan Observer where he talks through his days as a rugby league player in his younger years and his support for Wigan Warriors.

l Wigan have very few tickets remaining for Saturday’s Wembley Challenge Cup final against Hull FC.

The club has totally sold out of its allocation in the lower tier but has a limited amount left for the upper section of the West end of the stadium.

Those are priced at £21, £26 and £31.

Tickets went on general sale on August 3 and are available to personal callers at the DW Stadium, internet orders via www.wiganwarriors.com or over the phone by calling 0871 6633552.