UK time is: 17:47:15
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Wigan Athletic - It's that time again?




Vital Latics member Paul Thorp, aka Thorpyness, takes a look at what the media have been saying about our chances this season, over to you Paul.

It's that time of year again, the time when the national media predicts what will happen in the coming season. The only prediction that is guaranteed to be right, is the prediction from Wigan fans that they will write us off again before a ball is kicked.

It will not have escaped the notice of any Latic that picks up a newspaper or reads a website that once again the prevailing opinion is that the only team to have made it into the top flight and stayed there are about to lose that proud record. Whether this opinion is based upon a weekly dose of the last 5 minutes of Match of the Day, one can only speculate. It's almost as if some people have a grudge against the town for some reason. Did you come and expect the pier to jut out into the sea? Hate the Verve? Don't like pies? (If it's Limahl that causes you to hate us, then I understand!)

We also get mud slung at us due to the fact that our crowds are lower than those of our neighbours, the mudslingers never mention the locals that desert their town in favour of the clubs in Manchester and Merseyside, they take the easy route and blame the egg chasers. One national newspaper even printed a picture of a shut stand to illustrate their point about low crowds at Wigan. The other bandwagon they jump on is 'The Bridge'. The vast majority of supporters leaving the ground have to funnel across that bridge, which just happens to be bang in line of the camera positions. Making it look like we're emptying out early in droves, when in fact they are just able to film everyone leaving all at once, an easy target.

This opinion we are ready to drop is certainly not one shared by many of the fans or those associated with the club. If people think Roberto Martinez stayed purely out of loyalty, and not in large parts due to faith in his squad, then they are as stupid some of the clowns that have been on our streets over the last few days. The loss of Charles N'Zogbia is regularly being cited as one of the main reasons that we will struggle. After all we haven't bought a replacement, have we? Actually we bought the replacement 18 months ago. If anyone has watched us pre season, they will know this. If you limit yourself to the last 5 minutes of Match of the Day, you won't.

My Parents taught me to learn from my mistakes. The talking heads seemingly can't learn from theirs as they predict gloom again. The squad sound like they learnt from opening day last season and are ready if the interviews are anything to go by. Let`s be ready ourselves to make some noise on Saturday, to support the team and to start shoving the criticism where there's no sun, right from the off.

Paul Thorp



Bookmark and Share



Join The Vital Debate


















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






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Paul Thorp Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 11 2011

Time: 9:31AM

Your Comments

Well said Paul, lets stick it up 'em
worbo
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

12th Man - Is It Time For A Change? (Friday October 24 2014)

Any Previous? - Derby v Latics (Thursday October 23 2014)

PWU Latics Podcast - All M*A*S*H*ed Up (Thursday October 23 2014)

The Bag Had It - Latics 0 Millwall 0 (Wednesday October 22 2014)

What The Bosses Said - Latics 0 Millwall 0 (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Stats: Wigan Athletic v Millwall (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. worbo 175
2. loudmouthblue 115
3. russialatic 96
4. Thorpyness 94
5. hindleymonwafc 92
6. Pauvre Jean 82
7. riddy 62
8. Lazysid 61
9. Whittleblue 58
10. SwindonLatic 57

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 1 - 0 Blackpool
Wigan 2 - 2 Reading
Wigan 0 - 0 Millwall
Wigan 1 - 2 Ipswich
Wigan 4 - 0 Birmingham
Charlton 2 - 1 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
16. Huddersfield 13 4 4 5 -6 16
17. Reading 13 4 3 6 -8 15
18. Millwall 13 3 5 5 -3 14
19. Wigan 13 2 6 5 -2 12
20. Brighton 13 2 6 5 -3 12
21. Birmingham 13 2 5 6 -8 11
22. Fulham 13 3 2 8 -9 11

Breaking League News

Karanka confident of team
Middlesbrough : 24/10/2014 17:39:00
Brighton v Rotherham (Preview)
Brighton : 24/10/2014 16:57:00
Ball Supports Symons
Fulham : 24/10/2014 16:40:00
Fulham v Charlton - It`s On The TV!
Fulham : 24/10/2014 16:32:00
There Is No Place Like Home
Ipswich : 24/10/2014 16:09:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the Match v Millwall
Suggested By:  Roy Cropper
Scott Carson 6%
James Tavernier 42%
Ivan Ramis 2%
Leon Barnett 0%
Maynor Figueroa 11%
William Kvist 2%
Adam Forshaw 8%
Shaun Maloney 5%
James McClean 2%
Marc-Antoine Fortune 20%
Oriol Riera 2%