I`ve supported this team of mine, yes they are mine, for many, many years, yes I know they are yours as well.
That`s it with your team, they are yours and you become selfish.
You want them for yourself, yet you want to share them with anybody who`ll join in with your crazed life. It`s weird.
Any ways, as I`m quite old, I`ve been a supporter for a long time, but I remember my first match as though it was yesterday.
Saturday 20th November 1971 Wigan Athletic versus Halifax Town in the F.A. Cup!
It was a bitterly cold day and there was snow.
I went to the game with my best school mate Howard Speakman, he lived round the corner from Springfield Park, in Wall Street.
Graham Oates scored direct from a corner and Latics won 2-1.
That was it; I was hooked, utterly and completely. I was besotted.
In the early days life was good.
Supporting a non-league side was novel, especially with all the big, glamorous clubs round about, oh and of course there was the Rugby.
None of these were of interest, I`d met my childhood sweetheart and we were going through adolescence together, until one day my sweetheart bloomed into a fully fledged league club.
That was like getting married.
The joy of the honeymoon in that first season was superb.
Over the years I have taken a lot of stick for being a Latics mon, but I`ve always defended my first love.
I never in my wildest dreams thought we`d play in the top division.
I enjoyed visits to Lancaster, Leek and Stafford, Scunthorpe, Luton and Rochdale, but this is the dream.
This is where all clubs strive to be.
I have shed tears, happy and sad, loving my club.
They are in my blood, in my heart and they possess my every waking thought.
That`s what it means to me to love the Latics.
Please don`t leave me broken hearted on May 13th.
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