Date:Friday November 6 2009
The official re-naming has been done, the signs have gone up and from Sunday you wont be taking your seats in the West Stand, oh no not any more, as from Sunday supporters sitting in the side of the ground that accommodates the players tunnel will be sitting in the Springfield Stand.
Following a collective campaign from Latics internet fans sites Dave Whelan agreed to the re-name in honour of the clubs previous home, Springfield Park, a name that holds a lot of happy memories for fans and former players and a name that conjures up great emotion amongst older Latics.
Current Latics boss Roberto Martinez made his name as a player at Springfield Park when he came to the club in 1995 as a young lad trying his luck in a foreign land and he speaks with genuine emotion when he looks back on his time there.
Roberto says: 'Everyone knows about my association with Wigan Athletic, and Springfield Park was really where it all began for me in England.
'I have some incredible memories of the place; I suppose the highlights for me were the night we won promotion in 1997 against Colchester, and then the Championship against Mansfield. But really, it was the place I grew up as a footballer. Great, great days.'
One man at the club today both played for and managed the Latics at Springfield Park, Graham Barrow and he has nothing but fantastic memories of the place, Barrow says: 'I said when I rejoined Wigan how much this club means to me, and Springfield Park is a fundamental part of that feeling. It's where I learned my trade as a footballer, so I think it's fitting that the old place can still be a part of the new stadium.'
A sign of the times - The Springfield Stand
Fans Forum Ticket Competition
Vital Latics have two tickets on offer for the up and coming Wigan Athletic fans forum to be held at the DW Stadium in the DW Fitness Lounge located in the South Stand on Tuesday 17th November 7pm kick-off.
The fans forum will give supporters the opportunity to meet and question manager Roberto Martinez; also there is a hotpot supper included, now that does make the mouth water.
Full details of the event are on the official site and can be viewed by clicking here
The event has always proved very popular in the past so if you want to be the lucky winner of two tickets, supplied by Wigan Athletic, then answer the following question and enter via link provided, closing date 10th November 5 pm.
Who is Roberto`s assistant manager:
a) Graeme Jones
b) Steve Bruce
c) Arsene Wenger
To enter click here
You can listen to the Latics Speyk podcasts now by clicking on the player here:
Date:Friday November 6 2009
Wigan Athletic Latest Transfer News And Gossip (Sunday May 24 2015)
Latics Legends 10-0 Hollyoaks XI - What A Night (Saturday May 23 2015)
Latics Snap Up Walsall Keeper Richard O'Donnell (Friday May 22 2015)
Meet The Ref - The Legends Game - Gordon Johnson (Friday May 22 2015)
Latics Legends v Hollyoaks In Aid Of Joseph's Goal (Wednesday May 20 2015)
David Perkins Comes In From The Seaside (Wednesday May 20 2015)
Hard To Believe We're Allowing Boycey To Leave (Wednesday May 20 2015)
Latics in £500K Bid For Chesterfield's Sam Clucas (Tuesday May 19 2015)
We've Got The Power - Max Power Heading Latics Way (Tuesday May 19 2015)
Five Development Squad Players Released (Monday May 18 2015)
|6.||Noel Wards Leg||50|
|Mills Holds Forest Talks
» Forest : 24/05/2015 17:21:01
|Gobern Expected To Leave
» Huddersfield : 24/05/2015 16:34:00
|Cherries linked to Blackburn striker
» Bournemouth : 24/05/2015 15:55:01
|Charlton In Advanced Talks With Winger
» Charlton : 24/05/2015 15:37:01
|Moore A Wanted Man
» Cardiff : 24/05/2015 15:16:00