Whole town has been inspired by Wigan’s historic win

Franco di Santo, Angelo Henriquez and Arouna Kone
Franco di Santo, Angelo Henriquez and Arouna Kone

WIGANERS are still on a high after the Latics’ historic FA Cup win at the weekend.

Residents young and old are predicting great things for the town since Wigan Athletic’s Wembley victory.

Even non-football fans are continuing to celebrate the last minute header by super-sub, Ben Watson.

Rugby supporter, Paul Seddon of Beech Hill, said even though he doesn’t usually follow football, he is rooting for the team to stay up after its epic feat.

The 48-year-old said: “I still wanted them to win even though I’m a Warriors fan – they did really well.

“The boys played amazingly, especially against a top-class team such as Manchester City. I shouted a lot during the match. The win will inspire the town and boost everybody’s confidence. I hope Warriors win the Challenge Cup now too. It’ll be fantastic if the Latics stay up. It’s a slim chance but stranger things have happened!”

Phyllis Sharrock, 81, from Scholes admitted she was so nervous watching the match that she had to keep going out of the room.

She said: “I couldn’t watch it, I was so stressed! I came back into the room just when Ben Watson scored the goal and I was so happy that I kissed the television. I think the win will make a huge difference to our town, it will not only benefit the club and businesses but increase our status.”

Neill Smallshaw of Swinley travelled to Wembley to watch his team. The 41-year-old said: “The atmosphere in London was cracking. Manchester City supporters came up to all the Wigan fans and congratulated us. It was so emotional when they won – we were the better team on the day. I genuinely didn’t think they would win at first as there were so many players with injuries. What a stunning day”

Thomas McKeown, 67, from Lowton said that this victory will put Wigan on the map for being a football town.

He said: “I was spellbound throughout. I had to have a glass of wine watching the match as I was a bag of nerves! It will give Wigan the boost it needs.

“I don’t think that the team would be here if it wasn’t for Dave Whelan and his support.”

Amy Seddon, 17, from Hindley, said: “I was gutted because I missed the goal as I had to work. My mum texted me the result afterwards and I was made up.”

And Bolton supporter Mick Holland, from Horwich praised Wigan’s performance but can’t wait for a derby if Wigan are relegated.