Whilst the England cricket team were rolling back the years over at Headingley with a performance more reminiscent of 1995 than 2005, Latics fans had their own bout of nostalgia on Saturday as the Three Amigos were once again reunited at the club that made their names. Well, probably.
As Isidro Diaz, Jesus Seba and of course Roberto Martinez emerged from the tunnel to the strains of Fatboy Slim’s Praise You, it was as if they’d never been away. After a warm reception and brief photocall with Dave Whelan, Issy and Jesus stayed on to sign some autographs while Bob retreated to the dressing rooms to gee up the Latics players for his home managerial debut.
The two non-managing Amigos returned at half time for pleasantries with the Springfield stand, signing shirts and autograph books and prompting questions of ‘are you Jesus?’ from the younger Latics fans. You get the feeling they would have stayed all afternoon had they the chance, but before you knew it half time was over and the second half of the match imminent. Match? What match?