WIGAN Athletic have received a special good luck message from their rugby league counterparts.
Officials from both the Warriors and Latics met yesterday ahead of Saturday’s cup final.
The clubs have worked together on a number of occasions recently and the cherry and white side wanted to throw their full support behind the football club.
Latics chief executive Jonathan Jackson headed over to Wigan Warriors’ training ground to speak to the players and coaching staff who passed on their best wishes.
Warriors head coach – and proud Wiganer – Shaun Wane is fully behind Roberto Martinez and his players.
“Latics have got our full support,” he said. “Any team in Wigan, any sporting team, has all our support.
“I love Wigan, I love my town. It’s great that we’ve potentially got two teams going to Wembley this year and I hope we can do what they’ve done.
“Roberto is a smart guy and a good bloke who is very easy to get on with.
“We swap ideas and we try to get all our staff together and see how we can get anything off each other, I’m all behind that.
“We’ve had their coaches down with our kickers doing light touches and things like that, if I can find an edge in any way, I’ll use that there’s no doubt about it.
“I think it’s great we’ve got good links, there are a lot of good people at Wigan Athletic, like Alex Cribley who was playing at Wigan when I was.”
Ironically enough, Warriors themselves take time away from their league campaign this weekend for their Challenge Cup tie against Hull KR.
Latics CEO Mr Jackson has backed them to match the football club’s achievements and get to Wembley too.
“It’s a special time for Wigan Athletic and a special time for the town,” he said. “To have the support of the Warriors as well is great and the way it should be.
“We both represent Wigan and if we can both get to Wembley this year it will be fantastic.
“The clubs should work together and it’s really good to see Shaun and Sean supporting us.”
Some choose to debate whether Wigan is a “football town” or a “rugby town” but they’re phrases which are laughed at by people at both clubs.
Chairman Ian Lenagan spoke last week about how Wigan is neither and that is something which Mr Jackson wholeheartedly agrees with.
“We’re a sporting town,” he added. “For a town of our size to be at the top of rugby league and in the Premier League and in the FA Cup Final, it’s great for the town and everyone should be proud of that.”