Author Archives: ianhaspinall

About ianhaspinall

Communications specialist, Wigan Athletic fan & blogger, interested in music, arts & culture.

Latics’ players magnificent in adversity – Wigan Athletic 1 Queens Park Rangers 0

In the midst of an administration crisis Latics’ players responded to Saturday’s defeat at Brentford with a totally committed and characterful victory over Queens Park Rangers at the DW Stadium. Latics totally dominated the first half and should have been … Continue reading

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Latics must keep fighting despite difficult week – Brentford 3 Wigan Athletic 0

It’s been an incredibly difficult and emotional week for everyone associated with Wigan Athletic and things didn’t get better on the pitch as they were outplayed by an in-form Brentford at Griffin Park. Said Benrahma scored a hat-trick for the … Continue reading

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Wigan Athletic – Dodgy owners, financial naivety and EFL incompetence

Wigan Athletic banner As a lifelong fan of the club the news that Latics have gone into administration has been devastating and sickening. I am still in shock about what has happened but my immediate thoughts are follows. On the … Continue reading

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Dominant Latics now virtually safe from relegation – Wigan Athletic 3 Stoke City 0

Kal Naismith grabbed a brace – photo courtesy of Wigan Athletic Wigan Athletic produced one of their best performances of the season to defeat relegation rivals Stoke City 3-0 at the DW Stadium. Two goals by substitute Kal Naismith and … Continue reading

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Latics triumph in Lancashire lockdown derby – Wigan Athletic 2 Blackburn Rovers 0

Championship form table last 12 games courtesy of Whoscored.com The Championship’s form team continued their excellent run with 2-0 victory against play-off chasing Blackburn Rovers at the DW Stadium. In a closely fought encounter it was Latics who had the … Continue reading

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Wigan Athletic make flying restart as they ease past Huddersfield – Huddersfield Town 0 Wigan Athletic 2

Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic behind closed doors Latics continued their excellent pre-lockdown form with a comfortable 2-0 victory at a deserted John Smith’s Stadium. Football behind closed doors is an eerie affair and it was the visitors who coped … Continue reading

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Wigan Athletic Championship restart preview

Latics will recommence their season behind closed doors at Huddersfield Town tomorrow with nine games to secure their Championship status. Paul Cook’s team had been one of the in-form teams in the Championship prior to the lockdown with 12 points … Continue reading

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Review: The Mavericks – English Football When Flair Wore Flares by Rob Steen

An updated edition of Rob Steen’s evocative examination of the stars of football in the 1970’s has now been published. The Mavericks are the seven Englishmen who followed the trail-blazing superstar George Best: Stan Bowles, Tony Currie, Charlie George, Alan … Continue reading

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Review: After Extra Time and Penalties – Memories of a BBC Football Correspondent by Mike Ingham

Former BBC football Correspondent Mike Ingham’s autobiography is a thoughtful homage to the golden age of sports broadcasting. His own broadcasting experiences saw him attend eight World Cups, commentate on twenty-eight FA Cup Finals, work with ten full-time England managers … Continue reading

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Behind closed doors: what are the implications for Wigan Athletic?

There is still a lot of uncertainty about when, or if the Championship season will resume, but matches could resume in June, dependent on the Government giving it the green light. If they are allowed to resume it is likely … Continue reading

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