England great Bryan Robson has been confirmed as skipper of the star-studded Manchester United XI that will challenge the Latics Legends in this season’s Joseph’s Goal showpiece at Ashton Town FC! Widely-regarded as one of United and England’s greatest ever players, Robson – nicknamed ‘Captain Marvel’ during a glittering playing career – will bring his side to Edge Green Street for this year’s fundraiser on Saturday, May 25 (3pm).The clash will mark 20 years since United memorably won the Treble in 1999, a few months before Sir Alex Ferguson’s men came to Wigan to officially open the newly-built JJB Stadium.Players from both sides will be announced over the coming weeks, but the Latics XI have already confirmed a couple of legendary leaders – FA Cup-winning captain Emmerson Boyce AND Arjan de Zeeuw, who will be flying in from his native Holland.All proceeds will go to Wigan-based Joseph’s Goal charity, to find a cure … [Read more...] about Bryan Robson coming to Ashton Town to lead Manchester United Legends against Wigan Athletic!
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Wigan Athletic’s brave run to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup may have been ended by Liverpool - but Joe Gelhardt says the youngsters have proved the future is very bright indeed. The England youth international and his team-mates were beaten 2-0 on Wednesday night in a close-fought encounter at Chester City FC.But the benefits of the work being put in at the academy will surely be felt for the next few years down the line.“On another day we could have got something, but the lads have done well and we’ve done ourselves proud,” Gelhardt said.“They were clinical and we can’t take that away from them.“We should have scored a few ourselves, but we weren’t as clinical as them in front of goal.“A few decisions didn’t go our way, with Charlie Jolley’s goal and a few deflections that didn’t go our way, my shot at the end just went over.“We were unlucky, we gave our all and all of the lads did well.”Latics … [Read more...] about Hat-trick still up for grabs for Wigan Athletic youngsters, says Joe Gelhardt
Wigan Athletic Under-18s sensational run of 25 games without a loss came to an end after they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday. Latics could not recover from Liverpool’s explosive start at Chester FC’s Deva Stadium, and tasted their first loss of the 2018-19 campaign in all competitions. Wigan’s young guns can hold their heads held high after they pushed a Category One academy side to their limits, and were unlucky not to salvage a result. Liverpool’s in-form strike duo Paul Glatzel and Bobby Duncan stormed Barry Lewtas’ side into a 2-0 lead inside the opening quarter before threatening to add a third through Luis Longstaff’s mazy run.Latics did show promise after their slow start with England youth star Joe Gelhardt causing a concern for the Liverpool back-line.The exciting forward beat several advancing players with a evading run before stabbing an low effort that Vitezslav Jaros could only tip away.Wigan did … [Read more...] about Wigan Athletic under-18s can hold heads high after loss to Liverpool
Jordan Flores says he will leave Wigan Athletic with memories he will "never forget". The midfielder has signed a two-year deal with League of Ireland side Dundalk FC.The academy graduate leaves Latics having featured 12 times for the first team, in which time he scored twice."Thank you to everyone past and present who has helped me gain the experiences and memories that I will never forget!" tweeted the Aspull-based player."Also thanks to the supporters who have been brilliant for me through good and bad times." Championship news and rumours - Aston Villa set to miss out on Chelsea star | Leeds United agree three-year-deal with Bogusz | Wigan Athletic's Alex Bruce joins Kilmarnock | January 25 … [Read more...] about Jordan Flores’ message to fans after leaving Wigan Athletic
Former Wigan Athletic striker Adam Le Fondre has switched his focus to another milestone – after making history in Australia. The Stockport-born player, who had a brief loan spell with Latics in the 2016-17 Championship campaign, has taken the A-League by storm since his arrival from Bolton Wanderers last August.Last weekend he became the fastest player to score 10 goals in the competition, when he found the scoresheet in Sydney FC’s 5-2 win over Central Coast Mariners on the Friday January 4.And having notched 10 goals in his first 11 games in Australia, the ex-Latics man has now set his sights on breaking Bobo’s record of scoring 27 goals in 27 games.Le Fondre - who was brought in by Sydney FC this summer to become the Brazilian’s successor - told FTBL: “His goal record last season was incredible. I’m the first to admit that scoring 27 goals in a 27 game season is phenomenal.The fact he scored so many goals has given me something to aim for. It … [Read more...] about How ex-Wigan Athletic striker Adam Le Fondre is proving a wonder Down Under