Latics heroes to return for Joseph’s Goal

Paul Scharner scores for Wigan at Sheffield United in 2007
Paul Scharner scores for Wigan at Sheffield United in 2007

NINE years on from cementing themselves in Wigan Athletic folklore, Paul Scharner and Emile Heskey will once again pull on the blue and white on May 13.

The pair were instrumental in the famous ‘Battle of Bramall Lane’ back in 2007 when Latics retained their Premier League status by the skin of their teeth with a dramatic 2-1 victory at Sheffield United.

Emile Heskey (right) celebrates with David Unsworth after he scored the winning goal

Emile Heskey (right) celebrates with David Unsworth after he scored the winning goal

FA Cup winner Scherner scored Wigan’s opener in a game that will live long in the memory of Latics fans for possibly being the most nerve-wracking in the club’s 84-year history.

Heskey, now at Bolton, also played a starring role that day, standing out for his outstanding defensive contribution in an emergency role.

The duo will be back together for one night only as an all-star Latics legends XI turn out in the second annual Joseph’s Goal charity game on Friday, May 13.

On the other side will be Arjan de Zeeuw – who was taken off injured at Bramall Lane – and his Dutch Masters.

When you talk about legends, they don’t get any bigger than these guys

Mark hayes, Ashton Town FC chairman

The game will take place at Ashton Town FC, whose chairman Mark Hayes is organising the game along with the charity, with whom he has a long-standing link-up.

“When you talk about legends, they don’t get any bigger than these guys,” said Mark.

These days De Zeeuw works as a forensics detective for the Dutch police but, along with colleague Marco Miltenburg, he’ll be putting together a crack team.

All funds raised from the game – which is being sponsored by Wigan debt solutions provider the Hardwick Group – will go to Joseph’s Goal, the charity set up by Evening Post football reporter Paul Kendrick to find a cure for NKH, an illness his son, Joseph, was diagnosed with at birth.

And with massive names due to be announced for both sides, tickets are sure to fly out when they go on sale shortly.

“Last year’s legends game was fantastic, but this will be even better,” said Paul.

For further details of how you can be part of the night, follow @JosephsGoal on Twitter or check www.facebook.com/josephsgoal

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