PWU Wigan Athletic Podcast No. 129: Friendly persuasion

Friendly St

Say goodbye, kids, because it’s time to leave this cul-de-sac! (c)Below the River

This summer, I decided it was time for a change. Instead of scrutinising behind closed doors friendlies in minute detail, I will save my excitement for the start of the league season – there are, after all, six games scheduled for the next three weeks. I figure it is better to pace yourself than blow all your hard-worked material in one afternoon.

The Progress With Unity team know a lot about blowing… hot air, that is. Feel that breeze rippling through your hair? That’s four months of filthy opinion from seven men more judgemental than a Jeremy Clarkson fan forum. And it is glorious… ahhh, the soothing, peaceful atmosphere of a new season, with new hopes and dreams to be shattered by blunt truths and August rain.

Yep, I think that just about sums up our thoughts. Double check your safety harness, because we have 36 more weeks of this to come!

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Contents: Intro to a new panellist (0:00); hostile friendly discussion & welcoming the new intake – with added aptronymous jokes (1:00) including Grant Holt comeback status (9:00); bookies’ predictions (14:20); what’s our first XI? (19:30); Coventry preview/ramble (29:30) with Champions League Final predictions[!] (35:00); Bury-ing the lead – League Cup mini preview (37:50); assorted season predictions (40:50)

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Friendly Persuasion

Nope, no amount of persuasion will schedule more friendlies. On with the season!

And so the annual countdown to Wigan Time begins once again. You have just 48 hours to complete your plans for a 100-point campaign, after which I expect a pile of 25-page season previews on my desk. The best ones will be passed on to the club to be appraised by JJ and B (that’s what they’re called, isn’t it?) and pinned to the DW canteen fridge freezer.

Only joking – that freezer door is already occupied by a large hand-written note from Dave Whelan that says simply: “don’t screw up.” There isn’t even enough room for the coloured bin collection chart! Instead, check PWU’s Twitter, iTunes, RSS and app pages to see if anyone took that previous paragraph seriously. No, really – I’ll let you know if anyone does.

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