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Wigan Athletic boss is fan for a day!

Paul Cook will spend Saturday evening experiencing ‘real life’ as a fan while his beloved Liverpool lock horns with Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

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Firefighters were called at 12.30am

Elderly man safe after Wigan house fire

A man in his 90s had a lucky escape when smoke alarms alerted him to a blaze in the early hours.

News
John Bateman speaks to Ben Thaler

Hull KR 24 Wigan 8: Five things we learned

Five things we learned from Wigan’s 24-8 defeat at Hull KR...

Wigan Warriors
Wane: ‘Hull KR loss a kick in the backside’

Wane: ‘Hull KR loss a kick in the backside’

Shaun Wane refused to seek excuses - or rip into his players - after a shock 24-8 defeat at Hull KR.

Wigan Warriors
Mohamed Salah has the ability to worry the Spanish side

Liverpool’s big night will be the Real thing

Kop boss Jurgen Klopp could witness the biggest party he has ever seen if Liverpool can topple 12-times European champions Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday evening

Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool’s journey to the Champions League final as “a crazy ride”, but that will pale into insignificance compared to the madness which would accompany the club’s sixth victory in the competition.

Football
An image of the two suspects in the Westleigh Cricket Club vandalism incident, with their identities obscured

Youths blasted over club raid

Cricket club officials have condemned teenagers believed to be responsible for the latest spate of vandalism at their ground.

Crime
Fans rip down advertising boards after the Emirates FA Cup, Fifth Round match at the DW Stadium, Wigan against Manchester City

City fan’s ban for role in Wigan FA Cup disorder

A young football fan who threw hoardings during the disorder at the end of a high-profile Latics match has been banned from watching his team.
Crime
The locked gates faced by Haigh Hall Woodland Park users near the hall

Haigh Hall access woe as gates are locked

Park users have pleaded for more understanding in the ongoing battle over access around Haigh Hall.

News
Pupils Isla and Jack, both three, emerge from the inflatable brain

Pupils are given a mind’s eye view of mental health

Wigan primary school pupils got a lesson in how to look after their own minds with a unique interactive experience thanks to a mental health team.

Health
The Verve on stage at Haigh Hall

The Verve in Wigan 20 years on: Operation masterclass

As the excitement and anticipation built for fans ahead of The Verve’s home-coming concert, some Wiganers were hard at work to ensure everything ran smoothly.

Music
Brian Cannon

The Verve in Wigan 20 years on: The greatest gift

Photographer Brian Cannon said watching The Verve play their iconic show at Haigh Hall on his birthday was the greatest day of his life.

Music
Nick McCabe

The Verve in Wigan 20 years on: On top of the world

How could The Verve’s all-conquering Haigh Hall outing be anything but bittersweet for guitarist Nick McCabe?

Music
Ravellas have been to France in a twin town band exchange

Wigan band on the road with twin town trip

A Wigan band enjoyed the delights of touring France as part of a musical exchange with the borough’s twin town Angers.

Music
A painting of Beethoven

Classical Chat: Beethoven the master of drama

Beethoven is one of the most important figures in classical music, who occupies the key turning point between the Classical and Romantic.

Music
Nicola Partington and Annette Lowton

Wigan friends walking coast to coast for soldier

Best friends are pulling on their walking shoes for a mammoth coast-to-coast walk with a special meaning.

News
The taxman has taken action against a Wigan businessman

Businessman from Wigan banned over £68k taxman debt

A businessman who went bust owing the taxman more than £68,000 has been disqualified from being a director for four years.

Business
A protest poster against the restaurant plan

Wigan takeaway owner addresses fears over restaurant plan

A Wigan takeaway owner has moved to alleviate fears that his plans for a new restaurant could cause unwanted disruption to local residents.

Environment
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

Duo accused of assault to face trial

Two Wiganers accused of beating up a man will face trial after denying the offences.

Crime
A previous Breast Awareness Month flashmob in the Grand Arcade

New mums urged to adopt ‘breast is best’ philosophy

The borough’s new mums are being encouraged to make a statement that breast is best.

Health
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