Wigan Athletic fans with a ‘day off’ on Saturday are being invited down to Ashton Town with the offer of free admission for their clash against Northwich Manchester Villa.
Town are aiming to get back to winning ways after the midweek reversal to Irlam and, with Latics having their game with Doncaster moved back to Sunday, chairman Mark Hayes wants as many Wiganers as possible to join in the fun.
“Most know I am a big Latics fan at heart, 20 years as a season-ticket holder,” said Hayes. “And what I don’t want to come across is that I am trying to poach their fans.
“I simply am very, very proud of the club we have here, and I want to show as many as I can that grassroots is better than what some would think.
“Hopefully they may like what they see, and may even return if they can’t make a Latics away game, or simply can’t afford a home game.
“I support and give my all to both Wigan Athletic and Ashton Town, and I hope they see we are very similar at heart.
“I just don’t have big Dave Whelan’s money, but I promise I will match him every step for ambition, effort and passion.
“To have so many Latics fans at this club back in May for the amazing Joseph’s Goal charity game was something I will never forget.
“To have the likes of Roberto Martinez, Nathan Ellington, Emmerson Boyce, and even have Mario Melchiot fly in especially, just epitomises what this little club is all about and, to quote Mario: ‘It’s about making dreams happen’.
“Likewise, only last month when a set of fans took to the pitch to raise money and play against some of their idols was a pleasure to help and be part of and, I swear, whoever turns up on to support us gives me as equal pleasure. Just that extra person buying an extra pint or a packet of crisps helps this little club compete for another day, and I thank them for that personally.”
Latics season-ticket holders will be able to get secure free admission by showing their card, while non-season-ticket holders can email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance and have their name added to the guest-list.
Town are hoping to bounce back from the midweek home defeat to a very organised Irlam outfit.
The home side were reduced to 10 men following the sending-off of full-back Paddy Hammed, and fell to the only goal on the hour mark through substitute Jordan Southworth.