This afternoon we welcome the supporters of Wigan Athletic to Hillsborough. A week might be a long time in politics but in football 18 months is an eternity. It was only May last year that "The Latics", as a Premiership team, beat super rich Manchester City at Wembley and lifted the FA Cup for the first time, completing a modern day fairy tale. Since that triumph Wigan suffered the ignominy of relegation to the Championship, the first Club to suffer this fate and win the FA Cup in the same season. They came close to returning to Wembley this year to defend their title but were beaten in a penalty shootout against Arsenal in a memorable semi-final.
The manager of the Development Squad at Wigan is none other than Peter Atherton who was almost an ever present in "The Owls" defence between 1994 and 2000, playing well over 200 games for us. His volleyed goal for us against Aston Villa, 20 years ago almost to the day was a particularly memorable moment for the fans who witnessed it. After former player Dalian Atkinson had given Villa a H/T lead with a volley from close range, Atherton thundered home a sensational equaliser with his right foot from 25 yards when Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich cleared the ball straight to him.
AWAY COACH TO BLACKBURN ROVERS
3pm, Saturday December 6th, 2014
The match at Ewood Park will be our 145th meeting with Blackburn Rovers, with us having 54 wins, Blackburn 53 wins and 37 draws.
Last seasons visit on Boxing day saw us come away with a point following a 0-0 draw, This time let's hope we take all three points.
Wednesdayite Adult Member - £14
Wednesdayite Junior Member - £13
Adult Non-Member - £16
Junior Non-Member - £15
11:15am - Wednesdayite Car Park, Penistone Road
11:35am - Tankersley (Bus stop after Wentworth Way on A61)
*When booking please confirm your pick up point.
HIRSTY'S BAR RETURNS
Our well known landlord, David Hirst, will be back at the 1867 Lounge on 3rd December to host the second Hirsty’s Bar of the season. Once again, Wednesdayite are working with SWFC on this event which will be raising funds for the SWFC Community Programme and the SWFC Academy.
Hirsty’s Bar - HB2 : Leading from the Front!
Wednesday, 3rd December 2014
Special Guests: Stuart Gray and Lee Bullen in the 1867 Lounge, at SWFC’s Hillsborough Stadium. Doors open: 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Book your tickets on-line NOW
Tickets: £7 * per person - £6* for Wednesdayite members
*Plus booking fee
Pie and peas will be available from the bar at the event for only £4.25 (vegetarian option of Cheese and Onion pasty will also be available).
Enjoy the game this afternoon.
Peter Shaw, Wednesdayite Director