No new edition of AGL out this month but I thought I’d type up a First Words section anyway…
Last month I said the league table may look a lot different in a month’s time and indeed it does.
Second spot is up for grabs, Millwall have charged into the play-offs and Chesterfield (now 20th) continue to plummet.
Sadly Colchester look down and out, something their new assistant manager David Wright wasn’t expecting to be dragged into after previously focusing on the club’s Development Squad.
Mike Flynn is now second in command at Newport County after making the same step up that Wrighty has done at Colchester.
It may be wishful thinking but a ‘Class of 04-05’ reunion making up the coaching staff at Latics would be incredible. It’s that mad, it could actually work! Someone ring Emerson Thome, he’s wanted…
Another thing that has unexpectedly escalated over the last couple of weeks is our relationship with the rugby club. Dozens of Latics fans who are usually indifferent about Warriors have spoken out against them, demanding they look for a new home elsewhere.
The terms of the 50 year lease Warriors were given in 1999 have been kept between the two clubs, or more accurately between the stadium owner and Wigan Warriors. Whether the 50 year agreement can be cancelled without the agreement of both parties (or at least the rugby) is questionable. I suspect not.
However, as those who watched the FA Youth Cup match against Man City will tell you, the pitch was in a poor state throughout. This was before the rugby had even stepped foot onto the pitch for the new season.
So would allowing Warriors to fend for themselves really do much good or would it just mean us sacrificing their rent money in order for the supposed ‘lunatic fringe’ to claim supremacy while those who support both clubs hold a grudge for years to come?
At October’s editors fans forum Caldwell expressed that Huws was welcome back anytime and it was plausible he could even return before the end of this season.
After speaking to Emyr recently he feels that his career lies elsewhere, namely with Huddersfield Town. He described the 2014-15 campaign as a “shambles” and says it is with regret that things didn’t work out at Wigan.
It was quite a bizarre scenario to say farewell to (probably) one of our highest earners at the current moment, still contracted with the club until 2018 and on loan to a team in a higher division. For the sake of ourselves and the player let’s hope Huddersfield find the cash from somewhere.
Next month’s fanzine (Issue 11, on sale v Bradford) is a 44 page special to make up for us being lazy gits over Christmas – only managing to put together 28 pages.
Issue 12 will be released at the start of May with matchday sales against Barnsley and also at Ashton Town on the night of the Joseph’s Goal charity match.
I seem to remember bringing 80 copies to last year’s Joseph’s Goal match and our sellers had sold out in literally minutes.
Our front cover that day read “DOWN AND OUT – THANK GOD IT’S OVER”. Here’s hoping for a more upbeat message this time round.