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Its Time Latics Fans Stood Up and Were Counted


Wigan Athletic supporters have been issued a rallying call from club chairman Dave Whelan 'Please come and get behind us... no-one can complain about the entertainment on offer`, and you know what, he`s right.

On Wednesday a fantastic feast of football was served up in front of the 2nd biggest crowd of the season so far at the DW Stadium, 16,754, not bad you`d say for a team in the bottom three facing a mid-table side, but when you consider that it was a local derby, it was Liverpool, and that the away end was packed solid, with overspill of away support dotted around the rest of the ground then it doesn`t look too good.

There are all sorts of reasons blamed for falling support, the main one being financial and I fully appreciate and understand that, on the list of priorities in family life football isn`t near the top, but I also think it goes much deeper than that, though this is just a theory of mine.

When Roberto Martinez took the reins of the club there was an outrageous amount of screaming from Latics fans on websites and message boards as to how poor a choice he was, they guy hadn`t even started his job and people were after getting him sacked.

For the most part of last season there were moans, groans, outlandish comments, forebodings of doom and gloom, never ceasing writings of how bad we are, the tactics, the formation, the players, at the ground there were boos, derision screamed at players, sometimes even before they had made it on to the pitch, to be honest at one point I nearly said bollocks to all this, it was unbearable, not the team or the players or the club but the fans. No wonder supporters have been driven away and people have switched off with such negativity abound

This season we went on a run of one defeat in ten games, quite a good little run by anyone`s standards and we were playing some half decent football along the way, all quiet on the message boards, suddenly two defeats, Fulham and Blackburn, and they are back again, the know it alls, the tactical genius`, rubbishing the team and the manager...`we`re going backwards`...`he`s getting sacked at Christmas`...`he doesn`t know what he`s doing`...etc. etc. etc.

Come on people get real.

I have been accused of loving Martinez, well I don`t, what I do is support him

I like his ideas, how he wants to play football and his vision for the club, but I don`t agree with every decision he makes, sometimes I wonder why he`s made a certain selection, his substitutions frustrate me, but he is the manager of the Latics, he knows the players, he knows how he wants to approach certain games and as long as he is the manager of the club that I do love then I will support him.

So my theory, and it is only a theory, maybe just a bugbear of mine, is that the moaning minnies on internet sites put people off going to games much more than the team that they moan about, so come on, give it a rest, do what you spout you do and SUPPORT the club, get behind the lads and encourage others to get themselves down to the DW Stadium for an experience of Premier League football at non-league prices, the best value football experience in the whole of the United Kingdom

Dave Whelan speaking to the Wigan Evening Post says on the matter: "I was really happy with what I saw on the pitch on Wednesday, and the standard has now been set.

"If we play like that for the rest of the season, we`ll be all right.

"And we have been playing like that for most of the campaign, to be fair.

"Certainly, no-one could complain about the entertainment on offer, but I was a little disappointed again with the size of the crowd - as I have been for the season as a whole. If (supporters) want Wigan to continue to have a team in the Premier League, then they have to come out and support us.

"Seeing empty seats in the stadium disheartens me, it disheartens the board, it disheartens the team and it disheartens the wonderfully loyal spectators who do come along to watch us.

"We really, really need support in greater numbers if we are to continue to compete at this level, and we are going to try and do some more special promotions to get more people in here.

"At the same time, we have to make sure we also look after our season-ticket holders, who are very special people.

"But my message to the people of Wigan is: Please come and get behind us."


If I have upset anybody with my comments then I don`t apologise, tough shit


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Writer: worbo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 12 2010

Time: 12:42PM

Your Comments

Whelan on this is right
worbo
Well said Worbo!
mrcrowley
I am 100% agreeing with you and I am 100% behind the club
Wiganlatics09
ditto
rjb
Completely agree, This is why I love the fact that Mr Whelan has played the game and therefore knows what he's talking about in terms of the performances to date and the lack of fairness in the results. Whilst I totally agree with the above article, You've upset me with these comments, because I suspect that a certain Mr Pienpeys will remain silent and his inane ramblings amuse me !
Thorpyness
I think Pienpeys can ramble at any time and I think he is more stand up than wind up...take him with a pinch of salt and he makes me chuckle
worbo
Baz completely agree. I always have said the mroe we get, the better atmoshpere and it is self perpetuating. Wed was one of te best nights of entertaining football I have had and long may it continue.
wigginer
I think the bottom line is, after a decade of success, a lot of people have got fed up with being relegation candidates year after year. And every great performance that gives optimism seems to be followed by a defeat or two. And then it gets to January and we will sell Charlie plus whoever else has played well for the last 6 months. Except it's not just Charlie, it's every decent player we have, and in every transfer window. And to a lot of people £20-£25 for 90 minutes of football is a lot of money, especially when we lose more than we win. And let's be honest, there are some people who have just fallen out of love with the game. The World Cup was a bore-fest, players earn more in a week than the average person earns in a year or more (decade in Rooney's case!). It's just not what it was. Or maybe I'm just a grumpy old man... Anyway, hope we win on Saturday, we sure could do with a lift.
guitardave
The article is about the moaners putting people off, but to answer one of your points Dave...we sold both Valencia and Palacios which were for fees that we couldnt really turn down, apart from them two who else have we cashed in on? Its a fallacy that we seel players on continually, I agree that the WC was a bore fest and Rooney earns too much, we will win tomorrow and hopefully set us up nicely for the short trip to Old Trafford
worbo
I hope so, I'll be there as usual, and I would be a very happy chappy indeed if we play like we did on Wednesday night and get 3 points!
guitardave
 

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