By Brian Hall
Wednesday 15 May 2013 16:29:00
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I smiled last night, laughed actually. After as long as I care to remember, the Premiership bade farewell to Wigan.

I like to think that I am not a bitter man, well, most of the time anyway. So this has nowt to do with the humiliation that I and so many others suffered down that crap, non-footy town, in a certain League Cup tie. We saw that Pier , by the way, and what a load of shite that was. Mind you, the match itself was worse, when 6,000 of us saw us plunge out of Carling Cup, or whatever it was called at the time, at the Dave Whelan Grand Business Arena or whatever that is called. They had 5,000 fans in Davey the Mouth’s palace that night by the way.


No. This is not a bitter article. But time for some facts, eh, in my very humble opinion. First impressions of Wigan in general.  Empty blue seats – nowt to dae with economic hard times by the way – perpetual Relegation Resisters.  Recent home to the new young Scouse kid on the block, a certain MacMannam, who could have easily destroyed a young lad’s footy career.  Excused by the manager – it was his first full debut, after all, so it was natural that he could hoy his foot so high into an opponent, as nobody would have told him that that kind of thing canna be done. And even better, the wise man of the Premiership, Davy Sports Empire Man, asked what the fuss was about. Net result. John Carver, of NUFC, comes out with the occasion with a ban. Mmmm.


Never mind, Wigan had turned up at a semi-final at Wembley in the FA Cup, naturally unable to sell their ticket allocation. They then turned up to play the spoilt millionaires from Man Arabia Dubai City, or whatever they call themselves now. Bit of a difficult choice, but only for a moment. I wanted Wigan to lose.

And so. On to play the Arse, in yet another would-be Great Escape. Oops, not this time, Wigan. Time to Say Goodbye.


I had to laugh even more at a comment from some bloke who had strayed into their FA Cup Final, and felt annoyed that his team would have to watch the likes of Nottingham Forest, Derby, Leeds, and so on. He was serious! Maybe he knew nowt about footy history, I suppose.


Sorry, Wigan. No tears from me. As much as I hate to admit it, I would prefer Villa, and even the SMB, to be in the top league.


As for Dave Whelan, all I can say on that is he was the only Premiership chairman, well, apart from that dodgy character at Reading, who felt the FA should have held a minutes ‘ silence for Margaret Thatcher.


Tarah, Wigan.    Suspect we all winna see ya again.




PS                     I hope that this does not sound too bitter!!!

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