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IN a surreal few minutes after watching Ben Watson’s header fly into the net past Joe Hart, Wigan Athletic fans were struggling to grasp that their side were FA Cup winners.

Out of body experiences, heart palpitations and disbelief were among the reactions to the club’s first major trophy triumph in their 81-year history.

Cliff Hayton from Newtown has been following the blue and white army since the days they were playing non-league football.

The 75-year-old: “I would never have thought we would reach an FA Cup final, never mind win one. We were here for the semi-final and that was unbelievable, and now this.”

Friend David Fishwick, 79, from Springfield, said: “I’m pleased as punch for Dave Whelan and all the supporters. I just hope Roberto Martinez stays now.

David’s son Chris, added: “This is for all the other small clubs out there. It just shows that this type of thing can happen.”

John and Nadine Morris, from Orrell, have also been long term fans with 58-year-old John a former ball boy at Springfield Park.

He said: “It is absolutely amazing. Just unbelievable. Roberto Martinez has done us proud today, whether he stays or goes, he has given us this. As a club we can be proud of that.

Nadine said: “We have been saying all week, haven’t we, that we can do it. It’s been all over town, the message; believe. We were better than them for the whole game. We deserved it.”

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