Latics fans complete sponsored laps around DW Stadium

The season may have ended in heartbreak, but yet another group of Wigan Athletic fans were determined to aid the club’s survival.
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Latics are still on the hunt for a new owner after going into administration at the start of last month. Talks with potential buyers are ongoing, although negotiations with the preferred bidder collapsed.

They were then dealt a double blow when the Football League imposed the standard 12 point deduction, given to any club that enters administration, plunging the team into League One when they would have otherwise comfortably stayed up.

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It was a decision which left everyone associated with the club crestfallen.

The fund-raising ladies take a break to pose with Dave WhelanThe fund-raising ladies take a break to pose with Dave Whelan
The fund-raising ladies take a break to pose with Dave Whelan

But fans have been determined to help keep the club afloat.

The Let’s Hang On appeal was launched in July, and pockets of fans took part in inspiring fund-raising efforts.

Even Scotsman Tommy Newall, who lives in Ayrshire, walked 100 miles around his hometown in a variety of Wigan Athletic shirts to raise money for the club!

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The latest efforts saw season ticket holder Deborah Campbell, 60, rounding up several die-hard supporters who were keen to do whatever they could to help.

They embarked on a sponsored walk around the DW Stadium, completing 32 laps and raising more than £1,000 to keep the club’s coffers from emptying.

Deborah, who was left “absolutely gutted” when the club entered administration, said: “We’re a little gang who go to all the home and away matches.

“We were thinking of ways to help the fund-raiser. We thought we’d do 32 laps because that’s the year the club was founded.

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“There were six girls, one was only 12. We raised a little more than £1,000 just by putting it on Facebook.

“We just stuck a few shirts on and a couple of blue wigs and went for it.

“Some of them struggled on the last few laps but we just kept going and really enjoyed it.”