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Warriors Made to move Game

Wigan Warriors home tie in the Rugby League end of season play-offs against Bradford Bulls has had to be moved because Wigan Athletic are due to play Sunderland at the JJB the following day

The pitch at the JJB received a lot of criticism last season and Latics chairman Dave Whelan spent heavily having it re-laid during the summer so it is understandable that the tenants wont be allowed to play the night before their landlords.

A message on the Warriors official website reads:

'Due to the non-availability of the JJB Stadium for Friday evening, September 12th, the Wigan Warriors home Play-Offs game against Bradford Bulls will now take place at another venue which is likely to be the Stobart Stadium in Widnes or the Halliwell-Jones Stadium in Warrington`

Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan is not a happy chappy and he had this to say:

"The players performed extremely well against St Helens on Friday night to earn a home game, strongly supported by the Wigan fans, and we are naturally disappointed that the JJB cannot be made available for our Play-Off game against the Bradford Bulls on Friday night".

"We have explored fully with the RFL the options of playing on Thursday or Sunday but neither is possible for competition integrity issues and we prefer to play on a North West ground of our choice".

"We are looking at all options to facilitate as many of our fans travelling on Friday since we would like to make the chosen venue as much a Wigan venue as possible.'

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 7 2008

Time: 10:59PM

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07/09/2008 23:02:00

Don't see what the problem is, they've played on Friday nights before a football game on Saturday before without a fuss. It's not like the rugby ruin the pitch anyway...
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07/09/2008 23:13:00

There has been a lot of rain recently and it would cut up badly, two games in less than 24 hours and all the good work of the summer with the new pitch would have been wasted
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07/09/2008 23:25:00

I'm in no way a fan of the rugby but I don't think it's particularly fair on the Warriors. It's a play off game and ours is just a league game. Games are rescheduled for television so why not for other sporting events? comments like "All latics fans can say what they want just come back when u've won something or finished in the top half of the table!! Half ov them only go 4 watch coz its premiership" and references to us as "a half arsed football team" (quotes from a facebook group complaining on the topic) make me somewhat less sympathetic!!
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08/09/2008 12:15:00

I hate comments like that, when people make them. I know where gonna get it but im sick of it. We've been in here for a few seasons now. Are they jealous or wat. Not real football fans and should shut the F##K UP We trying hard with the club People who say where a half arsed team obviosly haven't seen us play IDIOTS
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