In this age of technology, Sky Sports and ESPN aren’t the only ones covering Premier League games. In fact, I’d suggest some of the fan-made videos uploaded to the Internet, whilst not exactly of the best quality, offer an insight the big stations’ HD and 3D cameras don’t, and that’s the fan’s eye view.
Following Latics’ exciting comeback against West Ham at the weekend, many supporters took to YouTube to share their own piece of memorabilia from what could be an historic game, certainly one of the most memorable of recent times.
To start us off, here’s a superb view of Charlie’s first goal courtesy a West Ham fan who had the foresight to whip out his phone:
The special ‘Meet the Players’ event held at the club shop last Thursday was only supposed to involve Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Thomas, but most of the Latics first team were also there to do some PR stuff.
I kept hearing the media dudes talking to Graham Lovett about Boyce and The Gaffer, plus I sneaked a peak through the DW corner gates and noticed there were some interviews going on in the West Stand. The usual Thursday afternoon media circus, maybe?
Anyway, it was about half an hour after the stated 1PM that Latics’ Honduran twosome appeared. Presumably they’d been inside the Players Lounge/The West Stand Bar doing some telly work – there was plenty of media presence so I think that’s what was going on.
For Latics fans old and new, a day that will live long in the memory is May 8 2005, the day Little Wigan reached the Promised Land: The Premier League.
A couple of years ago, I started work on a short video to commemorate the Latics’ promotion. Don’t ask me why it took so long, but over the weekend I got the chance to put some finishing touches to it and have finally got it online.
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.