Monday, 6 July 2020

Wigan Athletic Supporters Club Open Letter

Wigan Athletic Supporters club have written an open letter to the EFL Chair and CEO, please see below.

 

 

Mr Rick Parry and Mr David Baldwin

 

Dear Chair and Chief Executive,

 

We, the undersigned, are writing to the EFL to request that they make a formal statement acknowledging that a full investigation into the events surrounding Wigan Athletic being placed into administration is required before they consider whether the sanction placed on our football club may need to be reviewed.

 

 

More importantly, we request that you then commit to a full review of the EFL “Owners and Directors Test” to ensure that it is fit for purpose. The details of this case are subject to widespread sharing of facts and rumours alike and we are not here to go into the details of the scandalous information that has surfaced about the takeover of our football club. However, we are absolutely clear that our motives in writing this letter are to ensure that this is never allowed to happen again to another EFL club and to ensure the survival of Wigan Athletic Football Club.

 

 

Indeed, the EFL Appendix 3 states that its intention is to “protect the image and integrity of The League and its competitions, the well-being of the Clubs, and the interests of all of the stakeholders in those Clubs”. In this case, it is inherently clear that the test has failed to do the role for which it was intended. We therefore urge the EFL to make a statement now, regarding its intentions surrounding our case and propose to overhaul the “Owners and Directors Test”. It is vital that the EFL act now to ensure that other EFL clubs are not subjected to the appalling situation that Wigan Athletic finds itself in.  

 

 

Finally, and most importantly we would like to urgently request financial support from the EFL to secure the future of our Football Club whilst a suitable buyer is found. We desperately require assistance in paying the hard-working staff behind the scenes who are making sure the club can fulfil its fixtures for the remainder of the season. Whilst our situation was not caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, we now find ourselves unable to secure income from gate receipts due to the pandemic restrictions which is exacerbating our financial issues. We would therefore appeal to the EFL to utilise its COVID impact funding to support Wigan Athletic Football Club in this case.

 

We look forward to your response.

 

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Molyneux (Chairperson)

Mick Wimsey (Vice Chair)

 

Wigan Athletic Supporters Club

 

If you are able to support the Lets Hang On Appeal to raise funds to ensure that the Latics are able to complete the current season and have a fighting chance going forward then please donate through the Supporters Club crowdfunder, link below:


www.crowdfunder.co.uk/official wigan athletic fundraiser



Friday, 3 July 2020

Wigan Athletic Needs You!


Ever since the news broke that our beloved Football Club was entering administration talk on social media and beyond has been dominated by discussions around who is to blame for this devastating blow to a club that has both survived and achieved so much over the years.


This morning I spoke with Lisa Nandy both our local MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary of State. She assured me that the necessary questions will be asked regarding how this state of affairs could be allowed to happen to such a club that has been subsequently described by administrators as “well run” and “financially viable”. I was reassured that she will continue to press the Sports Minister and the EFL for answers until someone is held to account and our Football Club are exonerated of blame that is currently leading to a deduction of points and further uncertainty for our future.


As supporters we must try to focus on the immediate priority that is fulfilling our fixtures for the current season. Without this we cease to be a Football Club in the English Football League and there are steps we can take to ensure our future at least in the short term so that a buyer can be found in the longer term.


The Official Wigan Athletic Supporters Club is today launching the “Let’s Hang On” appeal. We pledge the first £10,000 to finish our 2020-21 season and we ask all fans, friends, family of our club to pledge their support to ensure that Wigan Athletic Football Club have the necessary funds to complete the season.


We have setup a crowdfunder.co.uk page in conjunction with Murry Toms – Campaign Director of Crowd Funder and Chairman of Cheltenham Town FC who have offered their services for free.


As the Official Supporters Club we will ensure that all funds go directly to the Football Club to support their needs over the coming weeks. We have worked on behalf of the Football Club for over 40 years and we are in a trusted position to bring together supporters from across all groups and organisations to ensure survival for our club.


We have spoken to Wigan Athletic Officials and they have confirmed that they would welcome our support with funds for our team travelling to away fixtures, overnight stays and helping to pay the wages of over 500 staff at the club.


We need to work together to get through the season!


PLEDGE NOW to support Wigan Athletic Football Club


www.crowdfunder.co.uk


Caroline Molyneux

Chairperson - Wigan Athletic Supporters Club


chairman@wiganathleticsupportersclub.co.uk

Monday, 29 June 2020

Meet The Ref - Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Name: Jeremy Simpson 

Born: May 1975
Place of Birth: Carnforth

 

 



A former Premier League and FIFA International assistant referee, Simpson is part of the ‘Select Group 2’ of professional ref’s after rising rapidly through the refereeing ranks, he was at Conference level in 2012 and only found his feet in the Championship in the 2015/16 campaign when of the 35 games he took charge of over the season just 15 were at 2nd tier level.

So far this season 20 of his 25 games have been in the Championship.

 

Jerry has already been in charge of us 3 times this season 3-0 defeat at PNE, home defeat to Reading 1-3 back in November and our 1-0 win against Millwall in February.

 

Simpson has had just the two Stoke games this campaign, their 2-4 win at Oakwell against Barnsley in November and a goalless draw with Millwall at the Britannia in January.

 

Latics related Fact(s):
Simpson was the referee when the Latics put out virtually their youth team against Accrington Stanley in the Checkatrade Trophy back in 2017, not surprisingly they got a bit of a thumping.

 

 

Complete record of Jeremy Simpson’s Latics games

 

 

Date

 

Competition

 

Home Team

 

Score

 

Away Team

26-Aug-16

Championship

Latics

1:1

Birmingham

19-Nov-16

Championship

Barnsley

0:0

Latics

02-Jan-17

Championship

Latics

0:1

Huddersfield

04-Mar-17

Championship

Blackburn

1:0

Latics

29-Aug-17

Football League Trophy

Blackpool

1:1

Latics

07-Nov-17

Football League Trophy

Latics

0:4

Accrington

13-Feb-18

League 1

Latics

0:2

Blackpool

11-Aug-18

Championship

Aston Villa

3:2

Latics

20-Oct-18

Championship

Latics

1:0

West Brom

10-Aug-19

Championship

PNE

3:0

Latics

30-Nov-19

Championship

Latics

1:3

Reading

22-Feb-20

Championship

Latics

1:0

Millwall


Jeremy Simpson Card Watch 2019/20

 

Games -25

Yellows – 85

Reds - 6

 

Jeremy Simpson record for Latics games is:

 

Home Games
P7 W2 D1 L4

Away Games
P5 W0 D1 L4

Overall Record
P12 W2 D2 L8

 

This referee has a Latics Love Factor of 18%


Jeremy Simpson Card Watch 2019/20

Games – 22
Yellows – 73
Reds – 6

 

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City
Referee - JEREMY SIMPSON
Assistants – Jonathan Hunt and Mark Jones
Fourth Official – Oliver Langford