Kitted out for Wembley

Wembley bound (from left) Matt Harrison, Kevin Sweeney and Dan Thompson from the DW Intersport store in the Grand Arcade show their support for Latics as they get ready for the FA Cup semi-final

Wembley bound (from left) Matt Harrison, Kevin Sweeney and Dan Thompson from the DW Intersport store in the Grand Arcade show their support for Latics as they get ready for the FA Cup semi-final

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A STREAM of blue and white flowing down to Wembley has been a familiar sight of late.

In fact this weekend it’ll be happening yet again as fans deck themselves and their cars and coaches in the colours of their beloved Wigan Athletic.

The town centre is already flying the Latics’ livery and now fans are getting the opportunity to fly the flag (quite literally) to cheer their lads on to FA Cup glory...again.

Saturday’s trip makes it four times the Wigan football club has been to the national stadium in the space of a year.

And for those wanting to make the most vivid shows of loyalty and affection for their side, the Grand Arcade club store is awash with special souvenirs for Wigan Athletic’s latest big day out and supporters have been heading there in their numbers to make their purchases. An array of one-off items have been put on sale at both the town centre and DW Stadium stores, as well as online.

As well as T-shirts to go with replica shirts, there are items for cars such as stickers and flags.

There are also the specially embroidered “Wembley 2014” scarves available.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said: “Seeing my hometown painted blue fills me with great pride and I’m confident that, with the backing of our town, Latics can bring the cup home once again and keep pushing up the league.

“It’s been an incredible 12 months for Wigan as a town.”

Like last season though, supporters are hoping they won’t just get the one chance to show them off.

Should Wigan defy the odds once more and beat Arsenal on Saturday, they will take that familiar route back down to the famous ground for the final on May 17.

The visits may not stop their either.

This season, Latics are sat in prime position for a crack at the play-offs and a victory in their two-legged semi-final would see them head to Wembley Stadium AGAIN on May 24.

And even then it might not be the last trip to the capital of the year.

If Latics go one step further and retain the FA Cup next month, they would be heading to Wembley at the start of next season for the Community Shield – just as they did at the beginning of this one.