Cup heroes out for Joe

Joseph's Goal night
Joseph's Goal night
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CUP heroes of the past will be passing on their memories of yesteryear at the ultimate Wigan Athletic pre-Wembley party – raising money for Joseph’s Goal in the process.

Fourteen years after Latics met Millwall in the Auto Windscreens Shield final, the “Party like it’s 1999” night will mark the two sides meeting in the FA Cup semi-final on April 9.

Mastermind of the cup run and Joseph’s Goal ambassador, boss Roberto Martinez, is guest of honour and will take part in a question and answer session along with several other Latics VIPs.

The Joseph’s Goal campaign was launched last year in the Evening Post, to raise awareness of the extremely rare genetic disorder Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH).

Brave three-year-old Joseph Kendrick, who suffers from the life-limiting condition, is the son of our Latics correspondent Paul.

Paul, 36, said: “Wembley fever has been rife in Wigan since that fantastic performance at Goodison Park, and it will be great to get everyone together at the DW for a big party.

“To have Roberto there as our guest of honour will be fantastic, and I’m sure everyone will have a question for him that they want answering.

“There will be something for everyone to get in the Wembley mood for the semi-final.

“With it being against Millwall, we’ve also managed to get a few of the lads – including Carl Bradshaw, Kevin Sharp and Stuart Barlow – that won the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1999, which will be great for supporters of a certain vintage.

“It will be one of the nights of the year, and I would recommend fans to book their places as quickly as possible because it’ll be the hottest ticket in town.”

That Wembley trip in 1999 was certainly a day to remember for those Latics fans who made the trip to the capital.

Outnumbered but definitely not outsung, they were rewarded with an injury-time winner when midfielder Paul Rogers bagged the only goal of the game with a cracking strike.

In addition to the question and answer session, the night will have a quiz and raffle as well as a set from top Wigan comedian Carl Lawrence.

All proceeds will go to Joseph’s Goal, of which Roberto Martinez and his skipper Gary Caldwell are ambassadors.

Advance purchase is recommended as the event is expected to be a sell out.

Tickets costing just £5 are available in advance from the Wigan Observer offices at Martland Mill, the ticket office at the DW Stadium, or by contacting Paul Kendrick on 01942 506267 or

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