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Chelsea’s Reece James is Certainly One To Watch Out For As Well Wigan Fans Know

Reece James certainly made an impact during his time at Wigan Athletic, with many fans, singling out the Chelsea loanee out as one of the sole reasons the Tics stayed up this season.

Even at the tender age of 19, James is attracting interest from the big fish in the Premier League. However, it seems highly unlikely the defender will be going anywhere close to a rival, with another loan move likely on the cards next season to a possible mid-table team.

Everyone at Wigan is going to sorely miss James going off the love he’s received on social media. Especially, after collecting Wigan’s player’s player of the season and player of the season awards, which was well-deserved after playing the most amount of minutes this campaign.

Cook, the Wigan boss would love another season mentoring the youngster, and you have to applaud the growth James has shown under him.

Especially making the move up north last season, many would not have taken their chances and positively help his temporary side out like James has done this season. He seems to have matured and grown, not only as a footballer but as a man – leading him to be named Captain in his final game.

James received a standing ovation in his captained final game, as he was substituted in the 90th minute against Millwall. His two goals and one assist in that final run-in, helped Wigan end up 12 points clear of the relegation zone and has given them a decent platform for next season in the Championship.

Again Wigan left it till the end of the season to show what they are made of, and more importantly, capable of. We have seen this happen many a time in the Premier League under former boss Roberto Martinez and Paul Jewell.

Maybe, James’ influence will have a lasting impression on the Wigan squad, with that sprinkle of Premier League standard giving the whole squad a lift.

Everyone will miss his strong dribbling and crossing ability, alongside his key passing. In which he assisted three times last season, which is not bad for a young defender indeed.

So, Wigan fans which player would you like on loan next season that could have the impact Reece James had last season?

Three times Wigan have Wiganed themselves

Urban Dictionary:

Wigan(verb) To do f**k all for a period of time before being saved by temporary brilliance.

E.g “I didn’t study but I Wiganed that test.”

Wigan Athletic were known in the Premier League for such feats during Roberto Martinez’ time at the club, this season under Paul Cook once again they Wiganed themselves to safety.

Two wins and two draws out of the last five games, have seen the Tics climb to 18th and nine points from safety. A remarkable turnaround, especially with them having been lurking around the bottom three in recent months.

Stunning results against Leeds and Norwich would have left fans wondering what could have been, if these levels were reached on a consistent basis for more than the last month of the season.

However, this is not the first time Wigan have done this, has we take a look at some of the Tics greatest escapes…

Wigan Athletic 2012

Wigan made their most incredible escape from relegation in 2012 under Roberto Martinez. They had a terrible start to the season, and it snowballed throughout the season, with nine games left a miracle was needed.

What followed was not just a miracle, but more of a movie script. Latics won seven out of their last nine games. beating the likes of Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal along the way.

They finished 15th and seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Wigan Athletic 2011

The Latics started the final game of the season in 19th place after hovering around the bottom three for the majority of the season after winning only seven games all season.

They had a decent run into the quarter finals of the League Cup, however the final four games became the highlight of the season – winning two and drawing two, pulling themselves out of the bottom three to finish 16th on the final day.

Wigan Athletic 2006

In Wigan’s second season, they struggled and failed to hit the highs of their first season. Having hit a little bit of a purple patch in October/November, Latics season nose dived.

On the last game of the season, Wigan needed to win to stand a chance of safety against fellow strugglers Sheffield United.

A 2-1 win ensured Premier League survival by one goal having finished level on points with the Blades

POTY Nathan Byrne Signs New Wigan Athletic Contract

Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm that Nathan Byrne has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the club, which will see him remain at the DW Stadium until the summer of 2021.

Byrne, 26, has featured 80 times in all competitions for Latics since signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2016.

A star player under the management of Paul Cook and the current North West Football Awards League One Player of the Year, Byrne was named both the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year in Latics’ record-breaking 2017-18 campaign and his manager is delighted to secure his long-term future.

“Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic,” Cook said.

“He is a popular member of the dressing room and, equally so, a player that our supporters regard highly.”

2017-18 Double Player of the Year winner commits future to Latics, signing until the summer of 2021.

  • Nathan Byrne signs new Wigan Athletic contract
  • Byrne, 26, signs two-and-a-half-year deal which sees him commit his future to Latics until the summer of 2021
  • Paul Cook: “Nathan has been an important player for us in my time here and I am pleased that he can continue to progress with Wigan Athletic.”



Sale of the Whelan Family’s entire shareholdings of Wigan Athletic Holdings Limited.


  • Update on potential transition of ownership of Wigan Athletic
  • Sale of the Whelan Family’s shares in Wigan Athletic Holdings Limited into the final phase of obtaining IEC shareholder approval in Hong Kong
  • Change of ownership is expected to complete within the next six weeks.


We are able to provide the following update to supporters with regards to the potential change of ownership of Wigan Athletic Football Club to International Entertainment Corporation (IEC).


Previously, it was confirmed that the sale of the Whelan Family’s shares to IEC was subject to the approval of IEC’s shareholders and the consent of the EFL.  The consent from the EFL was received in summer 2018 and IEC is now proceeding into the final phase of obtaining its shareholders’ approval in Hong Kong.


A public circular was released and despatched by IEC to its shareholders on 9 October 2018 which provides, amongst other things, full details of the potential change of ownership. The change of ownership is expected to complete within the next six weeks subject to, and upon the fulfilment of, certain conditions including the approval by the shareholders of IEC of the relevant transactions for the change of ownership.


We would like to stress our appreciation once more for your patience and continued loyal support throughout this process.

The FMC Goals & Highlights Round-Up #3

.Here’s the FMC’s round up of the weekend’s football, enjoy…

Manchester City’s deadly trio – SASAS (We don’t think it will catch on) Sane and Silva and Sterling, gave City the three points in a 3-0 win over newly promoted Fulham

Highlights here – http://www.replayfoot.com/manchester-city-goals-highlights/ 

Manchester United made it back to back wins with a dogged win over an unbeaten Watford side. Lukaku and Smalling gave the Red Devils the lead before, Watford pulled a goal back in the 2nd half. Matic received red late for a 2nd booking.

Highlights here – http://sport.bt.com/video/highlights-watford-1-2-manchester-united-91364295704391

Bolton Wanderer’s up and down week, following the close call with administration, took another hit by making it three games without a win against QPR.

Wigan Athletic lost to high flying Brentford, which goes in line with thier indifferent start to the season -having won two in the last five in the Championship.

Rochdale’s Ian Henderson doubled his goal tally with a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Gillingham. Dale are now three games unbeaten in League One.

Bury made it three wins on the bounce and pull themselves into the early playoff places. A 2-1 win over Swindon keeps the run going.

Oldham Athletic got back to winning ways away at Grimsby. The Latics banged in three goals and kept a clean sheet – good day all round for the travelling support.

Salford City continued their great start to the season with a 2-0 win over Bromley, whilst claiming a fifth straight win. Taking them into third in the league and looking like early promotion favourites.

Stockport County having won only once in the last five games were, hoping to get something out of the game against high flying Telford. A well-earnt draw keeps County mid-table.

Altrincham played Bradford PA, and took full advantage of the Bradford’s back to back defeats to claim the win – coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2.

No Highlights Found.

Ashton United’s Matt Chadwick’s double helped the Robins to a 2-0 over Hereford.

Catch the Highlights here – http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614385

Curzon Ashton scored ten minutes from time to draw 1-1 with playoff hopefuls, Brackley, to build on the win over Altrincham last week.

Catch the Highlights here – http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614383

FC United of Manchester move off the bottom of the table despite losing 3-0 to Guiseley. After three draws on the trot, a win was much needed.

Catch the Highlights here – http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614384




The FMC League Round-Up #1

Here’s the FMC’s first round up of the weekend’s football, enjoy…

Man United kept a clean sheet, however, Pogba missed a penalty and Rashford seen red late on but the Red Devils got a much-needed win before the International break.

Man City kept up their impressive start to the season with two cracking goals from Sterling and Walker to beat a tough Newcastle side.

Bolton came from two goals down against Preston to grab a draw. In a crazy three minutes, the Whites knocked in two goals from Ameobi and a thunderbolt from Olkowski to draw even before halftime, but drop to 7th in the Championship.

Wigan climbed to 9th after a 1-0 win over a tough to break down Rotherham. James Vaughan’s prodded home with 15 minutes left to play to finally crack the visitor’s defensive wall, the Latics clung on to the win following a great save late on from GK Walton.

Rochdale held out against a persistent Coventry City to steal a winner. Dale had ridden thier luck with a host of chances for the home side firing wide. Up popped Calvin Andrew within minutes of the second half starting, to see his shot just creep over the line to move Rochdale to 14th and break their winless run.

Oldham grabbed a last minute winner against managerless Crawley Town to see them move into the early play-off places. Nepomuceno opened the scoring in the 8th minute before Crawley equalized, and missed a penalty due to a great save from Iverson. Surridge tapped home from 6 yards with a minute left to play for the three points.

Bury got back to winning ways with a 5-goal thriller at Gigg Lane. Thompson grabbed his first goal for the Shakers, Telford’s brace put the home side 3-1 up. With five minutes of injury to play, Morecambe made things interesting by pulling a goal back, however, the home side held out and sit in mid-table.

Salford City visited the bottom of the league side Dagenham & Redbridge. It turned out to be a frustrating afternoon for the Ammies – after they were forced to play over half the match with ten men due to Lloyd’s dismissal just before half-time. Salford came close on many occasion but, will see this as a point gained given the circumstances.

FC United of Manchester came from two goals down in the Sunday afternoon kick-off against high flying Bradford (Park Avenue). A last minute equaliser from Willoughby gave the hosts a much-needed point, however, they drop to bottom of the league and look in need of a boost to kick-start their season.

Ashton went into the game against Telford United without leading scorer Matty Chadwick. The Robins went ahead just before half-time through McAtee’s first goal for the club, but a second-half comeback from Telford see Ashton Utd still looking to add to their one win so far this season.

Highlights Here – http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614356

Curzon Ashton like their rivals are struggling for wins early on in this campaign. A Nuneaton side who hadn’t won previous to the weekend grabbed an 8th-minute goal to claim thier first win of the season.

Stockport County was the only Gr.Manchester side to win in the National League North at the weekend. County took advantage of a sending off for Leamington on the stroke of half-time to pull away from their visitors to win 3-1 and end their four-game search for the three points.


Bolton & Wigan look to get back on track

Both Bolton and Wigan suffered defeats last week and, in the Championship the games come thick and fast to bounce straight back…

Following promotion from League one Wigan have had a solid start to life back in the Championship. However, following defeat to struggling QPR they will look to bounce back before a rot can set in.

Despite dominating possession, the Latics couldn’t turn that into a winning goal. With a trip back to the DW Stadium with fellow mid-table team Rotherham United the opposition, they will look to go one better and take advantage when they are on top.


Bolton suffered their first defeat of the season after a fantastic first four games, however, they still currently sit third in the Championship and will be hoping to get that early season run going again.

A trip to rivals Preston North End, who haven’t won since the first game of the season, is the perfect game for Phil Parkinson’s men to keep up appearances at the top end of the table.

With both teams out of the Carabao Cup, they’ve had a full week to get things right on the training ground, a win for both Latics and the Trotters will keep the momentum going despite the bumps last week.


GMcr Acca 1st – 2nd Sept

Hey, Ian here – here is my first-weekend 12 team acca.

With the odds being so high, I’m placing one English pound on my bet each week – let’s hope just one comes in before May!!

My bets are going to be though Bet365.

If I win the first one, I’ll buy a follower on our Twitter Fifa 19 in September – Follow us here @footymanccave

Fixture Ian’s Prediction
Saturday 15:00
Preston North End v Bolton Wanderers Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United Wigan Athletic
Coventry City v Rochdale Rochdale
Bury v Morecambe Draw
Oldham Athletic v Crawley Town Oldham Athletic
Dagenham v Salford City Salford City
Telford Utd v Ashton Utd Telford Utd
Curzon Ashton v Nuneaton Town Curzon Ashton
Stockport County v Leamington Leamington
Saturday 17:30
Manchester City v Newcastle United Manchester City
Sunday 15:00
FC United of Manchester v Bradford (Park Avenue) Bradford
Sunday 16:00
Burnley v Manchester United Manchester United
Odds (bet365) 6639.27/1