Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Wigan Athletic Fans New Season Hopes & Fears #6

Wigan Athletic Fans New Season Hopes & Fears #6

Vital Latics brings you the Wigan Athletic fans 'Hopes and Fears' series as we build up to the seasons big kick-off against Chelsea.

Wigan Athletic supporter and Vital Latics member, Dave Hayes, aka Hayzee, gives us his thoughts on the coming season, over to you Dave:

The miraculous juggling act is almost underway for an unbelievable 8th season. Once again we will embark upon a campaign in the greatest league in the world, amongst some of the world's biggest clubs. Back in the days of Springfield Park as a non-league club, all this would have been a ludicrous dream for even the most fervent fan. To remind the wider football community, I am only going back to the seventies.

Wigan were only elected to the league in 1978. Before writing this I have just been scanning the internet for news items, and even before we have finalised our team or kicked a ball, we have already (again) been listed as relegation fodder. In a strange way this suits us as a club. We are the perennial underdog. The minnow in a pool of sharks. The small, family club battling through adversity with a smile.

We may not be fashionable or rich, but we are honest, and in an odd way, we are a cool club to support.


My fervent hope is that we hit the ground running this season and pick up where we left off. Although a loss against Chelsea would be a setback, a run of losses at the beginning of the season would set the tone for yet again another dour struggle - something none of us want I am sure.

Once again we have said goodbye to more Latics stars who have moved on to pastures new, but new signings have arrived and the rumours say more exciting players are due soon. Our next long term goal as a club (apart from the obvious survival) is league stability and European football. Our fan base has increased again this season, and although we will probably never be one of the giants, regular mid to top table placings would be heaven.


The obvious. The reversal of all the above hopes. A bad start to the season and an even worse end. The loss of our best players in the January transfer market etc. I need to stop typing now - I am getting too depressed.

On balance I feel that Roberto Martinez has brought more to this club than just an exciting, attacking brand of football. He has worked tirelessly to improve training facilities and build a home-grown squad of young talent that can allow the club to grow and to prosper. He has also realised the most important thing that makes a club like ours work. He has realised that this club needs us - the fans. Without us none of this can work. Let's make sure we all play our part and keep the faith through the inevitable dark days.


Dave Hayes

Previous Hopes and Fears 2012/13:

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

If you'd like to get your Latics Hopes and Fears for the new season published then send them to and we'll do the rest

Have fun on Vital Latics

Join our Fantasy Football League Fantasy Football League

Join our Prediction League Prediction League

Download or just listen to the latest Progress With Unity podcast

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

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

Writer:Dave Hayes
Date:Wednesday August 15 2012
Time: 12:02PM


Well said Dave, I 100% agree, let's play our part. c'mon!
15/08/2012 12:05:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Early Team News - Latics v Brighton and Hove Albion

There is good news on both Kyle Knoyle and Reece Burke who should return to the squad after featuring for West Ham reserves in midweek after their injury lay-offs.

What The Bosses Say - Latics v Brighton and Hove Albion

In the build up to the game both managers have been speaking to the media, let's take a look at what they have been saying:

It's Friday - PWU Latics Podcast - Brighton Preview

Friday afternoon is the perfect time to grab a brew, a chocolate Hobnob, or Jacobs Fig Roll settle down, turn the volume up and soak up the very latest PWU Latics Podcast

Shaun MacDonald Voted Vital Latics Man Of The Match v Leeds

Shaun MacDonald has been voted the Vital Latics man of the match for his performance and no doubt his last gasp equalising goal away at Leeds on Tuesday

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Adam Convery
no email
Frank Ford
no email
Noel Wards Leg
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Big Game Winners On Saturday?
Suggested By: Jimmy Melia
Brighton and Hobe Albion34%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 13 9 1 3 28 16
2 Norwich 13 8 3 2 27 8
3 Brighton 13 7 4 2 25 8
4 Huddersfield 13 8 1 4 25 3
5 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
6 Sheff Wed 13 6 3 4 21 0
7 Bristol City 13 6 2 5 20 5
8 Brentford 13 5 4 4 19 7
9 Q.P.R. 13 5 4 4 19 -2
10 Reading 13 5 4 4 19 -4
11 Fulham 13 4 6 3 18 -1
12 Ipswich 13 4 5 4 17 1
13 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
14 Preston 13 5 2 6 17 0
15 Leeds Utd 13 5 2 6 17 -2
16 Barnsley 13 5 1 7 16 1
17 Wolves 13 4 4 5 16 0
18 Forest 13 4 3 6 15 -2
19 Aston Villa 13 2 8 3 14 -1
20 Derby County 13 3 5 5 14 -3
21 Blackburn 13 3 3 7 12 -7
22 Cardiff 13 3 3 7 12 -10
23 Wigan 13 2 5 6 11 -2
24 Rotherham 13 1 3 9 6 -18
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 28 2016 7:45PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.Get a Grip!166
5.Barry W86
7.jeffs right72
The Vital Football Members League