A WIGAN Athletic legend has issued a rallying call ahead of tomorrow ... but it isn’t to the players for the huge match.
Former Latics midfielder Neill Rimmer is urging fans to ditch their cars and walk to the Reebok Stadium to raise money for the Emma Hoolin appeal.
Plans have been in place for months now for the march to tomorrow’s crucial clash with relegation rivals Bolton at their Horwich ground.
And as final preparations are made, Rimmer – who will be taking part himself – is urging others to get involved.
“The club is really behind this,” said Rimmer, who works at the club in a community role as well as a summariser for the website’s matchday commentary team.
“It’s a fantastic way to help this little girl and it shows the important things in life.”
Emma is currently in America receiving treatment for a child cancer called Neuroblastoma.
Wiganers have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help her travel across the Atlantic for treatment.
Latics fans themselves have helped with bucket collections at games as well as a match involving some of the club’s past players, including Rimmer himseld.
The former Springfield Park star added: “I just urge anyone who can do it to come down and get involved.
“Emma is an inspirational little girl and it’s remarkable how many people are offerign support.”
Walkers are asked to meet at the DW Stadium at 10am for a 10.30am start.
Sky Sports are set to cover the walk, which is set to have around 300 people involved, interviewing Rimmer before it starts.
Those who can’t make the walk are invited to park on the grounds of St Joseph’s High School in Horwich for £4. The school are kindly donating the money to Emma’s appeal.