From across the seas to see Wigan triumph

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FANS came from right across the world to see Wigan Athletic play in an FA Cup final.

There were last-minute flights as well as journeys from the other side of the globe by supporters who were desperate to see their club play in their biggest ever match.

Three friends travelled from three separate countries to meet up in London and see their club create history.

Sean Johnson flew in from Singapore, Ben Gray came from Boston while Pete Gray travelled all the way from Hong Kong.

Their pal Adam Burrows, from Orrell, said: “They were all just desperate to fly back to the UK and see Latics.

“I used to teach with Sean and attend the Wigan games with him. His journey was 21 hours long, he landed at Heathrow on Saturday morning, before meeting us at the stadium.

He then travelled back with us on the coach to Wigan, arriving back in Wigan at 3am, before travelling back to Singapore on Sunday evening in time for work this week!”

Carlo Bagioli flew over from Milan. The Italian spent several years working in Wigan as a pharmacist before flying home again in 2007.

He developed a great fondness for the Latics while in the UK and came back to Britain to see the team with friend David Ashcroft.

Carlo said: “What they achieved was amazing, it was unbelievable.

“I thought Wigan played amazing and I was so proud to be a part of the day.”

Also coming over from Italy was Mark Hawes.

He cut short a holiday organised to coincide with a friend’s wedding to make sure he made it to Wembley.

He said: “It was manic. The wedding was on Friday and I got to bed at 2am before being up at 6am for the flight.

“I ended up getting a taxi, then plane and then jumped on the tube.

“It was all worth it in the end, what a day!”

Meanwhile, Richard Hatherell – originally from Wigan – returned from New York for the big day.