Friday, 23 August 2019

Meet The Ref - QPR v Latics - Matt Donohue

Manchester referee Matt Donohue takes charge of the Wigan Athletic away day at QPR on Saturday.

The former Denton PE Teacher was only appointed to the Select Group 2 of Referees this summer, going full time after just one season at Football League level.

Donners, as he is known to his mates, hasn’t officiated either QPR or the Latics previously, in fact his previous two games at Championship level both came this campaign, Hull’s 2-1 win over Reading at the KCom Stadium and Barnsley’s 2-2 home draw against Charlton last weekend.

In those two games he issued 11 yellow cards.

Matt Donohue Card Watch 2019/20

Games 4
Yellows 20 
Reds 4 

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Friday, 23 November 2018

The PWU Podcast Presents - Darren Royle and Jonathan Jackson Special

Darren Royle and Jonathan Jackson joined the PWU Latics podcast crew for this week’s recording at the Beech Hill Book Cycle studio.

The dynamic duo spent close on two hours with us as we discussed all things Latics, got to know a little of Darren’s background, how he became involved with the new owners and the vision for the future.

A fascinating insight and we felt very positive about the coming months and continuation of the legacy that the Whelan’s have built at the club.

The recording of the evening is available below, simply click play on the embedded player and please feel free to leave any feedback.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Goodbye Dave, Hello Melvin

An emotional day last Sunday as the Latics bid farewell to the Whelans. The 23rd minute round of applause was a great tribute celebrating 23 years of the family’s ownership of the club – and what a 23 years it has been.

Whatever your thoughts on Dave Whelan’s reasons for buying the Latics back in the day, and there are a vast array of opinions on this, one thing that cannot be disputed is the success that he brought to what was a very small club, struggling not only to retain its league status but also struggling to avoid going out of business.

The first game under his stewardship, a Tuesday night in late February, 1,452 fans turned up to a dilapidated Springfield Park as we beat Hartlepool 2-0 in what is now League 2, hardly an indication of what was to follow.

I was at that very first fans forum when he declared that the aim was Premiership within 10 seasons, I didn’t laugh, I thought that is just what we need - ambition and that had been missing at the club for a number of years where survival was the only goal.

The journey had started, the first promotion under John Deehan was achieved, the new stadium being built gave us the focus that we were indeed on the up, exciting players came to the club, great managers, two more promotions, eight years in the top flight, the magic of the FA cup win and a European tour, what an absolute privilege to be around to witness this.

So thank you Dave Whelan, David Sharpe and all the family who have provided me, through the Latics, with so much pleasure over the past 23 years.

Welcome to Melvin Yan Min Zhang, Thomas Chan, Joe and Darren Royle, you have big shoes to fill, hopefully you can build on the success and legacy that has been passed on to you.

Looking forward to the next 23 years.

Up the tics!