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Empty Seats at Supporters Club

Empty Seats at Supporters Club

There is a new band on the streets, they come from Wigan, they are all Latics fans and they are called 'The Empty Seats`, their next live gig will be in the Wigan Athletic Supporters Club, on Sunday 15th May, before the final home game against West Ham United.

The Latics Supporters Club gaffer, Jason Taylor, has asked can we run the following promo, absolutely we can, so without further ado, over to you Jay:

It is all happening on Sunday the 15th May at the DW Stadium, not only will be there be a Wigan Athletic Supporters Club exclusive end of season 'Members Bash`, but before the game members will be able to watch the Empty Seats perform live.

Tickets are essential (and are on sale now) for the end of season party after the game, but any member of the Supporters Club will be will to get in before the game and therefore able to watch and buy the Empty Seats` charity CD before the game.

The Supporters Club is located under the South Stand (the DW Fitness Suite) and as we are expecting a high turnout for the last game against West Ham, so be sure to get there early as once we are full we are full.

To reiterate, you will have to be a Supporters Club member to get in, so have your membership cards ready when you approach the door. If you are not a member, you can apply for membership for the 2011/2012 season, you will automatically get the rest of this season added in.

You can apply or renew your membership online via the, you can also buy tickets for the end of season bash here also. No special tickets will be required to get in before the game, just your membership card and it is first come first serve.

The Empty Seats…..a brief profile

Next week will see the launch of a new CD of Wigan Athletic songs put together by a new Wigan Athletic band 'The Empty Seats`. We`ll have full details in due course but in the meantime, read on and learn about the band who describe themselves a "Celtic Folk Punk Rock combo"

Many moons ago after a few post match pints, Bernard Long and a couple of his mates were talking about forming a Latics band. The original idea was for this band to then record a couple of chants and get them uploaded onto as many Wigan Athletic websites as possible. Nothing ever came of it.

Perhaps this was because none of them had any musical instruments at the time, nor could the lads actually string a tune together! Fast forward a couple of years and the close friends now have their precious instruments and they can actually play them. So round about Christmas time, Gaz Knowles the drummer went out and sorted out a room to rehearse in at the marvelous Honeysuckle Inn run by Thomas Sweeney, in Poolstock. The very room where The Verve performed their first ever gig, not that comparison between the two mega groups can be made in these early days of The Empty Seats' career.

It was actually Rob Podmore, the guitarist, who came up with the band's name and from that moment on they were in business. The original idea of just loading a few chants onto websites has now bitten the dust and the band are currently working hard on recording several chants and full songs in honour of their favourite football team. In the tradition of most of the decent football songs, the band have set their musical and lyrical masterclass to the tunes of a very varied mixture of songs, hence the band's rather non conformist genre as noted above!

Among the groups whose tunes the Empty Seats aim to improve on, are James, REM, The Proclaimers, The Dubliners and the Houghton Weavers, all of whom will be awaiting the royalty cheques with baited breath.

The band have decided to record and produce a CD, and should it turn out to be good enough, they plan to make it available for sale with proceeds of any profit that it makes going towards the charity 'The Anthony Ramsdale Appeal' (just search for it on Facebook) that has been set up to enhance the life of a very seriously brain damaged Wigan Athletic supporter, who received those catastrophic injuries after watching the Latics v Spurs 3-3 draw on 14th April 2007.

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Monday April 25 2011
Time: 9:55AM

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