High-profile signing: The existing Latics shop in the Galleries
Most teams sign footballers on transfer deadline day. Wigan Athletic sign sports stores. A long-awaited DW Sports shop opens in Wigan town centre the day we play Manchester United, Saturday 15 September. In related news, former sponsor JJB is close to biting the dust, but hey, at least Bulldog Tools and Heinz are still going strong!
Ali Al Habsi became a father for the second time yesterday morning. It’s a wonder how he got any sleep for the Stoke game, let alone pull off a fantastic reaction save to preserve a point for his side. Congratulations to the Al Habsi family from everyone at JWAW.
Pretty much any given tie between Wigan and Stoke is destined to end in a draw, and it would be slightly foolish to predict otherwise. Unless, of course, there’s relegation to fight, in which case Latics usually win. I should have put a fiver on 2-2.
Journalists are prone to the odd sock barrel, some more than others. Though to be fair I’ve never been a journo so I’d appreciate it if you forgave me for recycling headlines after 3½ years. I did consider something more cynical but we’ve had enough of that of late, not least from this website, so redundancy it is. Actually, I only just noticed and there’s no way I’m changing it now.
A quick follow-up to last week‘s comment on the new-look Latics Official website. Actually, the content is great as usual. It just won’t load very well on my clockwork computer. There is a section where you can download official teamsheets, which is a neat touch, and the hyperlinks are a bit easier to navigate. Good stuff.
No N'Zogbia *again*, Martinez?!
There are some people that think Charles N’Zogbia still plays for Wigan, probably due to his relative anonymity at Villa this past year or so. I wish he was available for Latics yesterday because his ‘zing on the wing’ would probably have inspired us to victory. Instead, Zog got a ‘welcoming’ reception as he returned to St James’ Park (that’s right, not the Sports Digest Arena, or whatever certain marketing types insist on calling it) with the Villans this afternoon.
MOTD Watch: Last in the running order to follow our second last the preceding week. My mistake, yesterday‘s game was utter pants, apparently. Well, we have Man United next so that pretty much guarantees a good lane, even if it’s a boring 0-0 draw. Which wouldn’t be a bad result, as it happens.
Picture of the week:
Why do some commentators insist on calling our Ivorian centre forward Arouna *Cone*?