TALKING SPORT - Believe? This feeling’s unbelievable

Wigan Athletic don’t do dull endings.

But even by their own lofty standards, these next two weeks are something else.

A relegation escape attempt and an FA Cup Final... Roberto Martinez should plot Hollywood thrillers.

Reaching an FA Cup Final is massive. Huge.

Is it up there with being promoted to the top-flight of English football eight years ago?

Only time will tell how history gauges the two achievements.

But in terms of generating excitement, it’s been incredible, and it is only going to be amped up over the coming days.

Make no mistake, Wigan Athletic will be heard about, read about and watched by millions around the world this Saturday.

In this country, two channels are showing the FA Cup, with ESPN starting its coverage at 8.30am... more than nine hours before kick-off.

And a good proportion of them will be hoping the underdogs can produce a savage bite.

The catchline and hashtag of the last few weeks has been believe, but there still remains something distinctly unbelievable about it all.

That’s because, at varying levels, we remember where Wigan Athletic have come from – and how quickly they’ve got here.

Either that’s from non-league to the football league, or the old Division Two to the top-flight, we haven’t forgotten what a remarkable journey this has been.

Sure, we’ve grown used to seeing the best Premier League players roll into town every other week. No longer does it feel strange seeing Latics on Match of the Day (now, the reaction tends to be on the lines of ‘Go easy Hansen... they did win.’)

But on Saturday, that ‘pinch me’ feeling will be revived on the grandest of stages.

It will be an occasion to enjoy, a memory to treasure.

There will be a sense of occasion to the day that can not be dampened whatever the result.

Which is not to say Latics can’t win. Of course they can.

The same way they’ve beaten the best sides in the past. City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs...

All have been sent into the dressing room at full-time licking their wounds after Wigan victories in the recent past.

And the last time Latics met City, they went close toe-to-toe with their esteemed hosts – only to lose to the

cruellest of sucker-punches.

On their day, they are capable of beating anyone, a point made by countless past players in the last few days while we’ve been collecting ‘Good luck’ messages for the 24-page supplement in this edition (though my favourite belongs to Shaun Wane... you’ll see why).

I make no apologies for repeating and trumpeting the sporting feats of our town.

Whether that’s Warriors or Olympians, or players called up for the British Lions union side, or a golfer at the Masters, Wigan punching massively above its weight on the national stage. Has done for years.

And the latest example of that will come this Saturday at Wembley, in one of the biggest single sporting occasions in the world, at one of the most iconic venues in the world.

Enjoy it.