Date:Thursday May 12 2011
Wigan Athletic will be heading over to Lincolnshire this summer to play a pre-season warm-up fixture against non-league side Boston United sometime in July.
Boston have announced the fixture on their official website but the exact date still needs to be confirmed. The Blue Square North side have a special place in Latics history and rumour has it that the East Stand at the DW Stadium wasn't re-named after former Wigan Rugby League player Billy Boston as suggested, but actually in honour of Boston United for their ultimate sacrifice for the good of the Latics in 1978.
With Boston finishing top of the Northern Premier League at the end of the 1977/78 season, it was their right to go forward to seek election to the football league, but they very graciously stepped aside and allowed the Latics, as their runners-up, to take their place and, after a tie in the voting with Southport, the subsequent re-vote saw the Latics elected to the Football League, thank you very much Boston United, and as they say, the rest is history.
The Latics have never been back to York Street to say thanks formerly, so this will be an ideal opportunity, plus assistant boss Graeme Jones had a spell playing with the Pilgrims (Boston's nickname) after he'd left the Latics, so a chance for Jonesy to catch up with some old acquaintances.
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
Date:Thursday May 12 2011
12th Man - Has Whelan Made The Right Call? (Friday November 21 2014)
Premier Range End Sponsorship Deal With Latics (Thursday November 20 2014)
Brentford v Latics Fixture Time Change (Thursday November 20 2014)
PWU Latics Podcast - Times They Are A Changing (Wednesday November 19 2014)
Malky Mackay Appointed New Latics Boss (Wednesday November 19 2014)
Dave Whelan Confirms Mackay To Be Interviewed (Tuesday November 18 2014)
Have Your Say At The Latics (Tuesday November 18 2014)
A Message From Boycey To The Fans (Tuesday November 18 2014)
Vital Latics Office Party A Rip Roaring Success (Tuesday November 18 2014)
Meet The Ref - Latics v Middlesbrough - David Webb (Tuesday November 18 2014)
|Cardiff 2 - 1 Reading
» Reading : 22/11/2014 01:56:00
|Wolves v Forest Match Preview
» Forest : 21/11/2014 23:35:00
» Cardiff : 21/11/2014 22:10:00
|Boro look to maintain progress
» Middlesbrough : 21/11/2014 21:55:00
|LUFC Hockaday returns to football with Swindon
» Leeds Utd : 21/11/2014 19:32:00