February 28, 2024
Friendly St

Say goodbye, kids, because it's time to leave! (c)Below the River

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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2 thoughts on “PWU Wigan Athletic Podcast No. 129: Friendly persuasion

  1. Bloody hell, there’s some miserable views on here, at times ! Some haven’t seen the team play yet, and can’t position what positions people play in, and yet still think we’re going to struggle !

    Nowt like incisive analysis, is there, eh lads ?

  2. Maybe it’s a case of the more pessimistic voices being slightly louder? I think of the 8(?) of us at last night’s recording, only Paul seemed really down on us… the turncoat! 😛

    On the whole, despite my silly summary in this post, I think we were pretty positive about our chances. All but one of us suggested we might make top 6! 😉

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