Seeing the FA Cup paraded around Market Place, just like we predicted on the PWU Podcast, was something of a surreal experience. Of course, we were never totally serious about it all, were we? The very notion of such a thing is foolish, surely? But no, this afternoon I got to see Arouna Kone balance the FA Cup in one hand and his iPad in the other before whipping the assembled crowd of approximately 30,000 into a veritable frenzy.FA Cup, Open top bus parade, Photos
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Whoever said the FA Cup has lost its magic? The moment Wigan Athletic drew Macclesfield Town in the fourth round, tentative plans were put in place for a colossal ‘jolly boys’ outing‘ to rival recent Premier League visits to Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers. Tickets for the Moss Rose tie soon became more sought after than a half-decent JWAW joke, prompting generous Macclesfield officials to make another 500 or so available. And guess what? They sold out within a couple of hours, too.
A great number of people, almost 2,300 in fact, had been looking forward to this game with great relish for quite some time. I can’t tell you exactly why, though the lure of a traditional cup away day and its associated atmosphere was a contributory factor in my own enthusiasm for the encounter. That, and the agreeable price of a relatively short trip to sunny Cheshire for the afternoon, of course.
As the big day approached, however, wintry conditions in the north west threatened to turn supporters’ dreams to a mucky, well-trodden slush. Heavy snow in Wigan on Friday night cast doubt over whether the tie would go ahead – if it was like this in Macclesfield, one may as well have a lie in until noon on Saturday. But an 8am Twitter announcement that the game was ‘99% on‘ suggested slightly more clement weather south of the power shower that is Manchester cloud.FA Cup, Macclesfield, Report
Such has been the recent fervent media activity over Roberto Martinez’s future, you’d be forgiven for thinking Wigan’s last competitive game was far longer than two weeks ago. Yeah, we’ve had lengthier mid-season international breaks, but it already feels as though we’ve been in the post-season wind-down (pfft, yeah right) phase forever.
To satiate your requirement for Latics stuff (for a few minutes at least), feel free to take a moment out of your busy Twitter-browsing schedule (of the #wafc tag, of course) and re-live that final day of the season. It might not have been as important as in recent years, but it was just as great to be a part of.
As usual, the best of this bad bunch will (eventually) be uploaded to the Illarterate Flickr account in high quality. Also as usual, they’re released under Creative Commons so you can use them on your Facebook page/website/school newspaper/whatever – provided I get some credit, of course.
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