Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Reuniting With Old Friends, Valencia And Cleverley

Reuniting With Old Friends, Valencia And Cleverley



When Wigan Athletic line up to face Manchester United tomorrow at Old Trafford, two former Latics players will be wearing red, Antonio Valencia and Tom Cleverley

Valencia spent 3 seasons at the DW Stadium, joining from Villarreal, initially on loan after being spotted by former boss Paul Jewell playing for Ecuador in the 2006 World Cup Finals. His talent, hard working ethic and blistering pace enticed United to splash out a cool £17 million on him, the Latics reluctantly agreed to the sale, and, without too much fuss Antonio Valencia joined Manchester United as replacement for the outgoing Ronaldo

Watching Valencia from afar, seeing his development into a really top class player has been done with a huge sense of pride on my part, the mild mannered unassuming kid from Ecuador cut his Premier League teeth with the Latics and he still holds us close to his heart, he actually played in a Latics shirt this summer in a exhibition game in Honduras:

Valencia with old friends


Tom Cleverley of course was never 'our' player but he did spend a full season on loan with the Latics, a talented midfield player with bags of energy and an eye for goal he enjoyed Premier League action with us making 25 appearances, scoring 4 goals

Cleverley spent an important part of his development with the Latics and again it is pleasing to see him go on to not only become a regular in the United set-up but also feature for England in the World Cup qualifiers

Tom Cleverley celebrates scoring for the Latics


Speaking about both Antonio Valencia and Tom Cleverley Latics boss Roberto Martinez said - 'As a football club it does give us a good feeling to see the likes of Antonio Valencia and Tom Cleverley performing so well for Manchester United after their experiences with Wigan Athletic.

'Antonio's achievements at Old Trafford and his rise to becoming one of his team's most important players is something that puts our club on the map, and in the case of Tom we were all proud of his development whilst he was at the DW Stadium and could see by the time he returned to his parent club that he was ready to compete for international appearances and a place in Sir Alex Ferguson's team.

'We're proud of them and they'll always have Wigan Athletic fans supporting them both, but hopefully on Saturday they won't be their usual selves.'




The latest PWU Podcast is now available, this week it's the Manchester United v Latics preview, in the 'studio' are Barry, Dan, Dan, Dave and Gareth

The podcast is available for download from itnues, our hosting site www.buzzsprout.com or you can click play on the player below to listen from here





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:Barry Worthington
Date:Friday September 14 2012
Time: 12:27PM

Comments

0
Luis Antonio, what a player!
worbo
14/09/2012 12:34:00
0
in some respects Itl be like latics playing at Old trafford
BlueGoose
14/09/2012 20:31:00
0
What i ment was lattics playing lattics
BlueGoose
14/09/2012 20:34:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

What The Bosses Said - Wigan Latics 0 Oldham Latics 0

After the game both bosses spoke to the media, let's take a look at what they had to say:

Video Highlights - Wigan Latics 0 Oldham Latics 0

Video highlights from the Wigan Athletic v Oldham Athletic goalless draw at the DW Stadium on Saturday 13th February 2016:

Dan's Big Game Report - Wigan Latics 0 Oldham Latics 0

Jonathan Jackson must know a very good carpet fitter. Because every time I have attempted to lay one, it has taken much longer than a couple of days. In fact, I think I still need to pin down t

Stats: Wigan Athletic v Oldham Athletic

All the stats from Wigan Athletic (0) vs (0) Oldham Athletic, DW Stadium, 13/02/16 3pm Att: 9,817

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
Profile
Adam Convery
Profile
Frank Ford
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man Of The Match v Oldham
Suggested By: Billy Butlin
Jussi Jääskeläinen80%
Donervon Daniels0%
Craig Morgan0%
Jason Pearce0%
Chris McCann0%
Reece Wabara0%
David Perkins0%
Max Power0%
Yanic Wildschut0%
Conor McAleny0%
Will Grigg20%
Sam Morsy0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burton 30 20 3 7 63 17
2 Gillingham 31 17 7 7 58 20
3 Walsall 30 16 9 5 57 17
4 Wigan 31 15 11 5 56 21
5 Coventry 31 14 10 7 52 22
6 Millwall 30 15 5 10 50 10
7 Southend 30 13 8 9 47 5
8 Sheff Utd 30 12 9 9 45 5
9 Port Vale 32 12 9 11 45 -1
10 Peterborough 30 13 5 12 44 9
11 Bradford 29 12 8 9 44 1
12 Barnsley 30 13 3 14 42 5
13 Scunthorpe 29 12 5 12 41 -3
14 Swindon 31 11 6 14 39 -2
15 Rochdale 29 10 7 12 37 -3
16 Bury 29 10 7 12 37 -13
17 Doncaster 30 9 9 12 36 -5
18 Blackpool 30 9 6 15 33 -8
19 Shrewsbury 31 9 6 16 33 -14
20 Fleetwood 29 7 9 13 30 -3
21 Chesterfield 30 9 3 18 30 -12
22 Crewe 30 6 9 15 27 -20
23 Oldham 28 4 13 11 25 -13
24 Colchester 30 5 7 18 22 -35
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Walsall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Bury (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Peterborough United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Colchester United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 19 2016 3:00PM : Bradford City (H)
Sky Bet League One

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BrickLatic149
2.Moonay129
3.Thorpyness102
4.Whittleblue94
5.hindleymonwafc79
6.Noel Wards Leg64
7.TRUE BELIEVER48
8.JJ_WAFC40
9.GrimReaper8735
10.Marksparko33