Newlyweds’ delight at RL fixture mixture

Allan and Kelly Barlow at the DW Stadium
Allan and Kelly Barlow at the DW Stadium

THEIR wedding may have been effectively hijacked by a rugby match but newlyweds Allan and Kelly Barlow say it just made the occasion even better.

Like many couples, the Golborne pair started organising their big day well in advance.

They opted to host it at the DW Stadium and selected a date when there were no football or rugby fixtures on the calendar.

With Latics’ season over there was never any danger of them needing the ground but for the Warriors, the day had been left vacant in case of a Challenge Cup run.

And as expected, holders Wigan reached the quarter-final and, as luck would have it, they were also drawn at home.

Despite options to play on Thursday, Friday or Sunday, the BBC picked the game against Castleford for live coverage on Saturday.

Keen to ensure that Allan and Kelly’s day wasn’t overshadowed though, the club offered them the use of one of the lounges to watch the match and also the chance to meet the players.

“It was brilliant,” said Allan. “It made the whole day even better. When I first found out about it I was a bit gutted to be honest.

“It made the day complete though really. We’re both Wigan fans.

“We got our own lounge overlooking the pitch and had our meal in there after we had got married in the marquee and we went back in there after the game.

“We met a few of the players. Sean Long was one of our guests anyway and Martin Offiah nipped in.”

Unfortunately the day wasn’t made even more special with a Wigan win when they lost 16-4 but Allan and Kelly were treated to a live television appearance.

The couple were pictured before the game being invited into the studio as special guests post-match.

“Other than the result it was absolutely brilliant,” added Allan.

“We were on TV before the game and then after we were on the red button on BBC and they interviewed us there.

“I took Jamie Peacock’s seat and Kelly took Jon Wilkin’s seat and we sort of closed the show.

“We then went back to the marquee and had a great night.”