Programme notes for Wigan Athletic - 18/12/2013 -
Rags to Riches
The first time I saw tonights opponents, Wigan Athletic, play was in the 1967 - 68 season. They were playing Oswestry Town in the Cheshire County League at the Victoria Road ground (long since demolished), in Oswestry.
I can't remember the score but Wigan Athletic had joined the Cheshire County League (from the Lancashire Combination) in 1961 replacing Wigan Rovers!
Wigan Athletic had finished runners up to Altrincham the previous 2 years and these teams along with Macclesfield Town were the big hitters in the CCL in those days.
t was the last time I was to watch Wigan for many years as the following year in 1968, they left the League to join the newly formed Northern Premier League along with 6 other teams from the CCL.
But I digress; back in 1967 I was already an "owl in exile", living in the Shropshire town of Oswestry. I attended the match with a friend who was a fanatical supporter of Oswestry Town and he reckoned "one of these two teams will win the FA Cup in our lifetime."
I dismissed this as preposterous and impossible! I said I'd give him a quid if this ever happened.
When the rags to riches story was completed last May, as David deservedly slayed Goliath, with Wigan Athletic beating the almighty rich Manchester City at Wembley and lifting the FA Cup for the first time, the fairy tale was complete. It was a real triumph for the underdog which was celebrated by football supporters around the world. In October, five months after this historic feat I finally got to meet up with my friend and settle my dues, with a little readjustment for inflation!
A Common link.
One of the most successful managers in recent years for Wigan was Paul Jewell, who also managed us. Paul did a fantastic job at Wigan and Bradford City, where he had also managed after finishing his playing career. He had less happy and successful stints managing us, Derby and Ipswich. What makes a successful manager? It's a question that beats me!
Forthcoming Coach Travel for Away Games.
Blackburn Rovers Thursday December 26th Coach departs: 11:00 amSpecial Offer for Members: £10:00 return
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Enjoy the game,
Up the Owls.