Category Archives: Dave Whelan

12th Man – Big news in Little Wigan

This week’s news was dominated by off the field matters – the announcement of the likely takeover of Latics by a Far East sports betting firm K8. It was something of a surprise to most fans even though it has … Continue reading

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12th Man – End of season review

In the last 12th Man column of the season I was asked by the Wigan Evening Post to provide answers to four key questions: What went wrong? At the beginning of the season I was optimistic that Latics would have … Continue reading

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Latics relegation confirmed – Reading 1 Wigan Athletic 0

Wigan Athletic’s relegation to the third tier of English football was confirmed when they lost 1-0 to play-off qualifiers Reading at the Madejski Stadium. Yann Kermorgant put the Royals ahead after only five minutes when he headed home Garath McCleary’s … Continue reading

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12th Man – Engineers of their own downfall

Latics reached a low point on Tuesday night when they pressed the self-destruct button in an abject 3-0 defeat at Ipswich Town. In a must win game they committed football suicide by gifting all three goals to the opposition. Mistakes … Continue reading

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Book review: Tangerines and Pies – The story of the 2015/16 football season for Blackpool and Wigan

This quietly published book chronicles Wigan Athletic’s successful League One title winning campaign and contrasts it with the travails of local rivals Blackpool during the 2015/16 season. Both clubs have enjoyed the limelight of the Premier League but during 2015 … Continue reading

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12th Man – Time for action

It’s a dispiriting time to be a Wigan Athletic fan, with the situation both on and off the pitch looking bleak. Last season the club appeared to be on a stable path with a young forward thinking manager with clear … Continue reading

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12th Man – 2016 a year of contrasts

We have now reached the half-way point in the 2016/17 Championship season and the success of last season’s glorious League One campaign feels like light-years away. That special day in Blackpool when Latics celebrated the League One title is in … Continue reading

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