Vital Latics member Dave Jones, aka Taff57, gives us his views on the excitement of the new season, over to you Dave:
The Olympics are now taking up the sports pages, but lurking in the background is the fast approaching new football season. After the tremendous finish to last year`s campaign I am sure that football fans in Wigan are starting to feel the excitement of the new season.
The Manchester clubs will no doubt be hoping they can both lead the way at the top of the Premier League but closer to home our own Wigan Athletic are against all the odds looking forward to their eighth season at the top of the football pile.
At the end of last season all the work put in by Roberto Martinez came to the boil. We had some terrific performances, beating Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool all ending with safety the weekend before the season closed.
The players finally produced the kind of performances that we were told they would, and with none of that season ending squad leaving the omens are looking good for another defining season in the Latics history books.
Mauro Boselli has returned, and is already scoring goals in the pre season games as he attempts to kick start his Wigan career. The young lad Fyvie from Scotland hopes to follow in the footsteps of the two James`s and I am sure another couple of players will come in to strengthen an already very good squad.
Moses may or may not leave, but if he does, the gap will not be as great as in previous seasons when the player leaving left a big hole to fill. Albert Crusat can fill that void if required and Maloney causes just as many problems for defenders as Victor does.
With memories of our first season in the Premier League we again start the campaign with Chelsea, but this time we will hope to change the result of a 1-0 defeat inflicted in the last minute of injury time. We will also hope to gain revenge for the defeat at Stamford Bridge last season due to two terrible decisions by the officials.
Season ticket sales have gone really well so far with many new tickets being sold and the club are predicting its best ever sale of tickets. The number of Wigan fans has grown virtually every year since Dave Whelan took over the club and to see the Wigan stands almost full to capacity looks a very good prospect for this season.
I urge all football fans in Wigan to get behind the team this year, and even if you cannot obtain a season ticket attend whenever you can. With a special price for all ages we should have a full house for the opening game, and hopefully continue to repeat that throughout the season.
BELIEVE was the buzz word at the end of last season, and along with the Meet n Greet by the fans saw everyone reach new highs. Come on Wiganers, support your local team and lets once again show the pundits that Little Wigan will still upset the odds whatever they say.
Latics and Proud
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