Legends to play again for Joseph

Latics legends Roberto Martinez and Graeme Jones
Latics legends Roberto Martinez and Graeme Jones

WIGAN Athletic supporters will be able to go back to the future next month when a team of Latics legends takes on the current Development Squad in a special charity match.

Gary Caldwell, Nathan Ellington, Neill Rimmer and Roberto Martinez will be among those lacing up their boots again to face some of Wigan’s stars of the future, all to raise money for Joseph’s Goal.

Joseph Kendrick being carried out by Emmerson Boyce ahead of the FA Cup final

Joseph Kendrick being carried out by Emmerson Boyce ahead of the FA Cup final

The match will take place on Friday May 8 (7.30pm) at Ashton Town FC, with other confirmed legends including Graeme Jones, Mike Pollitt, David Lowe and Don Page.

The side will be managed by Ray Mathias with more big names to be announced over the coming days.

The Latics Development Squad will feature the likes of Sam Cosgrove, Jordan Flores and Louis Robles, who have all appeared on the first-team bench this term and will challenge for places next season.

Joseph’s Goal was set up by Evening Post football correspondent Paul Kendrick, to raise funds for research into NKH, the incurable genetic disorder his son Joseph was diagnosed with at birth.

The club and I plan to stay close to Joseph’s Goal, so here’s to a very successful partnership

Ashton Town chairman Mark Hayes

Joe was also Latics’ lucky mascot during the famous FA Cup final win over Manchester City in 2013.

Speaking about the charity match, Paul said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce our first ‘Joseph’s Goal charity match’ after much planning.

“Wigan Athletic as ever have been right behind us, and we also thank Ashton Town – and in particular their chairman Mark Hayes – for all their support in putting on the game. It promises to be a real feast of football, featuring some of the legends of the past and, who knows, some of the stars of the club’s future. It’s a night not to be missed.”

Ashton chairman Mark added: “I am extremely proud to be linking up with Joseph’s Goal. May 8 will just be the start of it as we plan to host an annual Joseph’s Goal game every September.

Nathan Ellington, whose goals shot Latics to the Premier League in 2005

Nathan Ellington, whose goals shot Latics to the Premier League in 2005

“I’m a lifelong Latics fan myself and to be involved in something like this with so many legends is surreal. I can confidently say that when Roberto takes to the Ashton Town pitch it will be one of my proudest moments as chairman.

“The club and I plan to stay close to Joseph’s Goal, so here’s to a very successful partnership.”

Follow @JosephsGoal on Twitter and facebook.com/josephsgoal for up-to-the-minute news of what is sure to be a fabulous night’s entertainment.

It’s pay on the day, priced £5 adults, £2 concessions and under-5s free, with plenty of entertainment for kids and families as well as a raffle.

Latics legend Neill Rimmer, who is now working at the club

Latics legend Neill Rimmer, who is now working at the club

Tickets for the match, sponsored by Hardwick Financial Solutions, are also available from the Latics ticket office, or by ringing 0871 6633552, and also via www.wiganathletic.com/tickets from this afternoon.