Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Wigan Athletic - The Issue of the Fans

Wigan Athletic - The Issue of the Fans


Wigan Athletic kicked off the new Premier League campaign at home against newly promoted Wolves on Tuesday, the game was also billed as the 'Home Coming` for new boss Roberto Martinez and followed on from the excellent away win against Aston Villa 3 days earlier.

It all turned in to a bit of a disappointment, Latics lost the game 1-0 to a 7th minute Andy Keogh goal but the biggest disappointment of the night for me was the crowd, 16,661 turned up to witness what was hailed as a new beginning, over 4,000 of those had come to support Wolves.

With just over 12,000 in the home sections of the ground the newly named DW stadium looked scarcely populated and the South stand in particular looked, well a bit embarrassing if I am truthful.

The `home` attendance against Wolves is probably on a par with opening games from previous Premier League seasons, Reading 2006 - 14,636, Middlesbrough 2007 - 14,007, and last years home opener against Chelsea, a glamorous tie, saw just 18,139 in attendance.

Now Manchester United visit this Saturday and word from the club is tickets haven`t gone as well as planned and there are plenty left, so what does the club need to do to get the following it deserves?

We have been in the Premier League since 2005 and we are starting our fifth consecutive season in what is regarded as the best league in the world, but as it all come to quickly?

Rising quickly through the leagues is very exciting but it doesn`t give chance for the fan base to grow, now I am not saying we should have taken longer to get to the top but maybe our hardcore 12,000 is a consequence of this.

The club have been proactive in trying to encourage the kids on board and they are the future of the club, with the Latics having the largest % of under 16 season ticket holders in the Premier League it does appear to be working, but we still need to fill the empty seats.

We are in a recession, yes I know, but the current problem goes long before this and is not in my opinion a viable reason for our low gates, what we need to do is find a way of getting people through those turnstiles week in week out, give them an experience that is value for money and more attractive than sitting at home or going to the pub.

So what should the club do?

We are asking you to give us your ideas, sensible ones please, as to how the club can do this and we will collate them together and send them to the club in a professional report.

I will start, I have always advocated that the South stand should be free to 14`s and under and I know that the club do give out tickets to schools and clubs etc, but why not just let the kids get a free season ticket up to their 15th birthday, keep them in the South stand, anywhere else in the ground and they have to pay, that way hopefully behind the goals will be populated and the kids could also drag their parents along to the game

Follow this link here and leave your suggestions




Bookmark and Share






You can listen to the Latics Speyk podcasts now by clicking on the player here:











[br]Powered by Podbean.com









Latics Speyk Car Stickers Have Arrived

Vital Wigan are pleased to announce that the Latics Speyk car stickers have arrived anyone who wants one follow the instructions in this link

Latics and Proud

Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site


Vital Latics - Bringing you the Latics Speyk car stickers and the podcasts

It's easy to join us at Vital Latics to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved








Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Friday August 21 2009
Time: 10:14AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Have your say on the crowd issue, follow the link above and leave your ideas on the forum thread
worbo
21/08/2009 10:19:00
0
You idea in the article would then gererate lots of money from Pies and drinks being sold during the game.
StokeyBlue
21/08/2009 11:45:00
0
It would StokeyBlue and also have the long term advantage of getting people in the habbit of going to watch the Latics
worbo
21/08/2009 11:48:00
0
Kids for a quid is always a good one, or buy one ticket bring a mate for free/half price... buy a ticket, and a fiver goes to a local charity?
the fear
21/08/2009 15:57:00
0
Here's one right! Why Doesn't sir sellalot (mr. Whelan) have proper entertainment before and at half time of the match...i.e. Have a present chart topper for example i don't know lethal bizzle or busted (or both, you catch my drift) or even some kind of entertainment that is high profile that will entice the kids in. I remember about 6-8 years ago ruby wax did a programme on Whelan at the match and about 2,000 more turned up just to see ruby wax! So if that amount of people more turn up to see that rubish...think of the fans we'd bring in with high profile entertainment. It would be very cost effective because the extra tickets sold would more than say for the acts' fee. in your official letter could you please inform him that if he carries on with the selling of our best players, the support will also dwindle because of that! Cheers x
wafc1991
22/08/2009 02:29:00
0
Here's one right! Why Doesn't sir sellalot (mr. Whelan) have proper entertainment before and at half time of the match...i.e. Have a present chart topper for example i don't know lethal bizzle or busted (or both, you catch my drift) or even some kind of entertainment that is high profile that will entice the kids in. I remember about 6-8 years ago ruby wax did a programme on Whelan at the match and about 2,000 more turned up just to see ruby wax! So if that amount of people more turn up to see that rubish...think of the fans we'd bring in with high profile entertainment. It would be very cost effective because the extra tickets sold would more than say for the acts' fee. in your official letter could you please inform him that if he carries on with the selling of our best players, the support will also dwindle because of that! Cheers x
wafc1991
22/08/2009 02:29:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Jordan Flores Pens New Deal At The Latics

Wigan Athletic have announced that 20 year old midfielder, Wigan born and Latics supporting Jordan Flores has signed a new one year deal with the club

Flamed Grigg Hamburger - No Thanks - Will Is A Latic

Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg has been an absolute sensation at Euro 2016, without kicking a ball in anger, thanks to the terrace anthem 'Will Grigg's On Fire'

Get Your Latics Season Tickets Before Offer Runs Out

The time is nearly upon us when the early purchase window for 2016/17 season ticket closes.

Are Players Set For A Football Exit?

With the country narrowly voting to leave the European Union in Thursday's Referendum, there are certainly plenty of real questions that have to be addressed in terms...

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Profile
Adam Convery
no email
Profile
Frank Ford
no email
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where Do We Need Strengthening The Most
Suggested By: Gary Caldwell
Goalkeeper17%
Right Back13%
Left Back0%
Dentre Back9%
Midfield2%
Attack59%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Whittleblue1
2.Th101
3.GrimReaper871