Thousands snap up semi tickets

Brothers George and David Anderson, from Ashton, with their flasks of coffee to keep warm
Brothers George and David Anderson, from Ashton, with their flasks of coffee to keep warm
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TICKET sales for Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley have already shot through the five-figure barrier.

After going on sale to season-ticket holders on Sunday, the club announced that just shy of 10,000 had been shifted within eight hours.

As fans continued to book their place at the April 13 showdown against Millwall yesterday, sales soon surpassed that mark.

Latics have been allocated a total of 31,863 tickets, which first went out on sale to corporate members on Friday but the biggest day of sales came on Sunday when season ticket holders were given their first opportunity to secure their seat.

Queues snaked around the stadium, covering the North and East stands with many supporters queuing through the night.

The kind-hearted ticket office staff opened the shutters early as they were put to task with some of the thousands that braved the freezing conditions arriving hours earlier.

Latics chief executive Jonathan Jackson visited those in line.

He said: “It was great to see the fans turn out in such numbers for tickets today, especially given the freezing cold conditions.

“Everybody was in great spirits and you could clearly sense the excitement ahead of what will be an historic day at Wembley in three weeks time.

“I’d like to thank everybody who bought tickets today for their patience as well as all the staff at the ticket office who worked hard to ensure that supporters got their tickets as quickly as possible.”

Should Latics beat Millwall at Wembley, they will then come up against either Manchester City or Chelsea/Manchester United who meet in a quarter-final replay next week.

Kick-off for Wigan’s semi-final is 5.15pm.