HANDS up everyone who thought the Wigan Athletic fairytale had been finished.
That their miracles had dried up. That their remarkable journey from non-league to the Premier League, which saw records tumble and legacies built, was about to fade away.
Yet in the space of one week, they’ve done the unthinkable. The impossible.
They’ve beaten Manchester United for the first time in their incredible history and followed that up with last night’s victory at Arsenal.
And both results came after they had beaten Liverpool, at Anfield, and were robbed of glory at Chelsea. Here are four clubs who have all been in the European Cup Final in recent years.
Yet Roberto Martinez’s side have claiming three giant wins, three giant scalps, to inject fresh hope into their chances of staying up.
This is a Wigan side, remember, who had won only four matches until this ‘month of hell’. An outfit which had been ridiculed and written off, a team which had sat in the bottom three for six months.
They have quite literally stunned the footballing world.
Gary Neville said on Sky Sports last night: “I’m not even a Wigan fan, but I’m so proud of them.” Martinez has turned even Reds blue. But, of course, they are not out of danger yet.
They have four games left to ensure they stretch their Premier League adventure into an eighth season, starting with Saturday’s trip to Fulham.
Latics already have 34 points and there’s no saying QPR, Blackburn, Bolton or Wolves will pick up any more points in their remaining fixtures. But Wigan can’t take that chance. Let’s hope they can continue their purple patch, and get the points on the board which will render the final two games of the season, against Blackburn and Wolves, nothing but dead rubber.
HOW sad to see Amos Roberts retire. Sad, because everyone remembers just how good he was in early 2010.
People were talking of him as a genuine Man of Steel contender before his injury. I wish him all the best in his future career.
IT was great to speak to Chris Ashton last week, a player I’ve always rated and a bloke I’ve already liked.
And it was good of him to be so candid in admitting he would love to still be playing at Wigan. This paper has around 45,000 readers each week. Let’s hope a Mr S.Tomkins is one of those this week.
FINGERS crossed Wigan give Hull FC a good stuffing this Sunday.
Not only because they might go top, not only because I want to see Shaun Wane’s side play well.
But it would also give the money-grabbing bosses at Hull FC – who are charging Wigan fans £25, a staggering £6 more than home fans for identical tickets – a thoroughly deserved bloody nose.
MAN City striker Sergio Aguero is among the nominees for the PFA’s Young Player of the Year.
Great player. But young? He turns 24 in six weeks’ time!