Wigan Athletic new-boy Beni Baningime certainly needs no tour of the club following his loan arrival from Everton. The 20-year-old midfielder - whose brother Divin is in the Latics Under-18s ranks - probably knows more about the town and club than anyone else on the books!“It actually feels as though I’m coming home, because I’ve spent so much of my life in this town,” said Baningime, who was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, but was brought up in Wigan and lives in Standish.“I went to school at St Judes and John Fisher, I grew up 10 minutes from the DW Stadium.“Quite a few of my mates are Wigan fans, they’ve been texting me already, some of them asking for tickets!“It’s just nice to think they and my family will be able to come and watch me playing for Wigan, so close to my home.“My brother’s been on at me for ages to come to Wigan, he said I’d love it here.“I also know Jedi (Antonee … [Read more...] about Meet the Everton starlet who is ‘coming home’ to Wigan Athletic!
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Wigan Athletic's trip to Derby County on Saturday, February 16 has been switched due to the Rams’ progression in the FA Cup. The clash at Pride Park will now take place on Tuesday, March 5 with a 7.45pm kick-off.Full ticket details will be confirmed in due course. Joining Wigan Athletic was ‘a no-brainer’, says Danny Fox … [Read more...] about Wigan Athletic’s clash with Derby County re-arranged
Ian Lenagan believes Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic will work even closer together – and would “love” to launch a joint-season ticket to watch both clubs. He and executive director Kris Radlinski recently met with Darren Royle, who has been appointed executive chairman by Latics’ new owners, Hong Kong-based IEC.Lenagan expects their relationship to grow even stronger.He said: “I’m delighted that we have supporters that are Latics season-ticket holders, too - I’d love for us to be selling joint-season tickets for Latics and Warriors. “I think our community departments are getting closer and closer together.“There’s a lot of practicalities involved in it, but I think there will be other ways where we will get closer together in the near future because I’d rather it be Wigan against the world than Wigan Warriors against Wigan Athletic. There’s no point doing that.”Lenagan, until recently the Football League … [Read more...] about Ian Lenagan would ‘love’ joint-season tickets for Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic
Our 12th man columnists discuss Anthony Pilkington's debut, the trip to Sheffield Wednesday and last weekend's 3-0 victory against Aston Villa... Stuart Glover: Several results have surprised me in the last few weeks, but perhaps none more so than Saturday.Faced with a good, if not an overly confident Villa side, Latics put them to the sword and swept them aside.The week before, when we were dumped out of the FA Cup by a below-strength West Brom team, we started well but faded badly. In fact at the Hawthorns when we conceded the goal, you could see the confidence disappear from the team.It was a poor goal to concede, poor defending, and it was a terrible way for the FA Cup dream to die for another year.But the thing that really struck me against West Brom was the tackling. There just wasn’t any of it. I actually monitored it closely for a five minute period. In that five minutes, there was one tackle by a Wigan player. And it was rightly rewarded with a yellow card!Only Reece … [Read more...] about The 12th man column: ‘Wigan Athletic’s performance silenced the critics of Paul Cook’
The social media reaction to Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 defeat at Ipswich Town on Saturday. Freddie Sears’ 67th minute strike was the difference at Portman Road as Latics’ away hoodoo continued in the capital.In a match that lacked quality and cutting edge from either side, Paul Cook’s troops will be kicking themselves that they left East Anglia without a share of the points.Latics looked dominant in lengthy spells and missed key chances to make the breakthrough at Ipswich through Josh Windass and Reece James’ efforts.But Ipswich Town - who have desperately been scavenging for points this term after a poor start - took the lead in the 67th minute with a goal that Latics won’t want to watch back in a hurry.Wigan couldn’t clear their lines from a corner, and Sears’ strike somehow eluded Christian Walton and looped into the back of the net with the help of an unkind deflection.The away side hunted for an equaliser in the final 20 minutes, but … [Read more...] about Ipswich 1 Wigan Athletic 0: How social media reacted