One town with two great teams

Dom Crosby, Paul Deacon and Liam Farrell at the training ground at Orrell showing their support for Latics
Dom Crosby, Paul Deacon and Liam Farrell at the training ground at Orrell showing their support for Latics

WIGAN is famous for many things but topping the list are its two great sports teams.

Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors proudly share the DW Stadium as their home and as the blue side of town prepare to step out onto the hallowed turf at Wembley, there’s a clear message from the Cherry and White half: “Good luck!”

Wigan Warriors staff and players will be turning blue this Saturday as they back Latics in their quest for cup success.

The Warriors travel to Yorkshire to play Bradford on Sunday and will be hoping it’s to round off back-to-back Wigan wins over the weekend.

“Anyone from Wigan I will support them,” said head coach Shaun Wane.

“I’m really pleased we’ve got Wigan in the Premiership and doing so well in the FA cup. I want them to carry on and get through to the final.

“It will make the day as well because of what Dave Whelan has done for the town.

“Roberto Martinez is an impressive man and I like the set-up at Wigan Athletic. They are busy now but further down the line we will definitely be swapping ideas.”

Wane’s sentiments are echoed by the players on the pitch who took time out of training this week to show their support.

Captain Sean O’Loughlin is a local lad himself and has sent his own ‘good luck’ message.

He said: “It’s great for Wigan to have two top flight teams. I get chance to watch Latics now and again and the majority of the lads support Wigan.

“We all want them to do well at Wembley and we’ll all be rooting for them. It’s great that they’re doing well and they will always have our full support, they’re playing really well at the moment and it’s looking like they will stay up again too as they’re hitting some form so that’s great for the town.”

The two clubs have already linked up this year to back Wigan Youth Zone and O’Loughlin is hoping they can do so more in the future.

He added: “A few weeks ago, me and Waney went down to the Youth Zone with Gary Galdwell and Roberto Martinez.

“We don’t come across each other too often but it’s fantastic when you get the chance. Waney and Roberto were talking training tactics so they may swap a few ideas.”