Monday, 20 April 2020

PWU Player Interviews


Lockdown boredom has hit us all, so here at the PWU Latics Podcast we contacted the club to see if it would be possible to speak to some of the players to bring some light relief to the current situation, low and behold they said yes!


We have managed to speak to four of the lads, Gary Roberts, Michael Jacobs, Nathan Byrne and Joe Williams, they all made for cracking interviews, all four were very open – and funny – with some reminiscing going on about favourite games, best players played with etc.

The interviews can be listened to by clicking the embedded players below or by visiting your favourite streaming service, we are on them all.


Gary Roberts

Michael Jacobs & Tommy Gore
Nathan Byrne

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Podcast Specials Now Out


PWU Latics Podcast Special

Due to the current situation around the spread of the coronavirus the PWU studio at the Beech Hill Book Cycle has been closed and we find ourselves ‘self isolating’.

Initially we decided, especially with no football, to suspend the podcast until a decision was made as to when the league action was back, but idle hands and all that, so we took a group decision to make a series of specials over the coming weeks to keep our Latics spirits high.


The first one features Barry & Si, with special guests, Latics midfield player Gary Roberts and Wigan singer-song writer Joe Astley.

Both interviews are a great listen and can be found at 11 mins 45 secs and 38 mins 20, respectively.

To grab a listen press play on the embedded player below

Friday, 13 March 2020

Wigan Athletic - What A Turnaround


What a turnaround since the start of the New Year for the Latics, 12 games played, just 3 defeats, 6 wins and 3 draws.

21 points from a possible 36 is a massive upsurge in form, especially considering the 12 previous to this run had yielded just 6.

During a drab winter the Latics form has put some sunshine the way of the supporters and given us realistic belief that relegation can and will be avoided, though with us sitting just 2 points outside the bottom three it is too close to call at this moment.

Having witnessed a much more positive approach on the pitch and seen firsthand the togetherness of the squad I am quietly confident that we will build on this form and finish the season comfortably.

There has been one massive negative, the injury to defender Chey Dunkley away at Reading. A heart and soul player who always gives his all for the club, plus a great character around the squad, Dunks will be missed in the next few weeks.

The high was arguably the win away at West Brom, though Leeds did run it a close second, the West Brom game was hot on the heels of the Reading encounter with the player feeling down about Dunks, the Baggies were bang in-form, top of the table and for Wolves fan Sam Morsy to score the winning goal had the Latics skipper beaming from ear to ear.

Incredible scenes in the stand behind the goal as the Latics support went wild in celebration, what a fantastic display and result, the best of teh season so far.

What the next few weeks will bring with the situation around the coronavirus is anyone’s guess, but when the season does come to its climax we have seen since the turn of the year that we have enough to be confident of staying in the league.

Images courtesy of Keiran Crompton



Thursday, 12 March 2020

Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic - Previous Meetings and Connections


Latics travel over the Pennines on Saturday to face Huddersfield Town in what is a crunch game down in the basement area of the Championship.

Time for another look back at previous encounters between the Latics and the Terriers and some of the connections between the clubs.

Previous - We have played each other on 31 occasions, with a record of nine wins for the Latics, fourteen for Huddersfield and eight draws.

The first meeting between the two clubs was in November 1973 when the then non-league Latics traveled to Leeds Road for a 1st round FA cup tie, 3rd Division Huddersfield ran out 2-0 winners that day, courtesy of two Bob Newton goals, in front of 9,557 spectators.

Of course that wasn’t the only time we met in the FA Cup, back in 2013 we beat Huddersfield by four goals to one at the John Smiths Stadium in the 5th round, we went on to win the cup that season, lovely.




Complete results for Latics v Huddersfield:
Date
Competition
Result
24 Nov 1973
FA Cup
Huddersfield 2:0 Latics
07 Oct 1978
Division Four
Huddersfield 1:1 Latics
17 Feb 1979
Division Four
Latics 2:1 Huddersfield
22 Aug 1979
Division Four
Latics 1:2 Huddersfield
09 Oct 1979
Division Four
Huddersfield 4:0 Latics
03 Jan 1983
Division Three
Latics 2:0 Huddersfield
10 May 1983
Division Three
Huddersfield 1:1 Latics
26 Nov 1988
Division Three
Latics 0:2 Huddersfield
13 May 1989
Division Three
Huddersfield 1:1 Latics
17 Oct 1989
Division Three
Huddersfield 2:0 Latics
24 Mar 1990
Division Three
Latics 1:2 Huddersfield
01 Jan 1991
Division Three
Huddersfield 1:0 Latics
13 Apr 1991
Division Three
Latics 1:1 Huddersfield
17 Sep 1991
Division Three
Latics 1:3 Huddersfield
22 Oct 1991
Autoglass Trophy
Latics 0:1 Huddersfield
11 Apr 1992
Division 3
Huddersfield 3:1 Latics
16 Feb 1993
Division Two
Latics 1:0 Huddersfield
23 Feb 1993
Autoglass Trophy
Latics 5:2 Huddersfield
12 Apr 1993
Division Two
Huddersfield 2:1 Latics
18 Sep 2001
League Division 2
Latics 1:0 Huddersfield
02 Mar 2002
League Division 2
Huddersfield 0:0 Latics
17 Feb 2013
FA Cup
Huddersfield 1:4 Latics
02 Nov 2013
Championship
Latics 2:1 Huddersfield
08 Feb 2014
Championship
Huddersfield 1:0 Latics
16 Sep 2014
Championship
Huddersfield 0:0 Latics
24 Jan 2015
Championship
Latics 0:1 Huddersfield
28 Nov 2016
Championship
Huddersfield 1:2 Latics
02 Jan 2017
Championship
Latics 0:1 Huddersfield
14 Dec 2019
Championship
Latics 1:1 Huddersfield

Connections – Three current first team squad members, Anthony Pilkington and Gary Roberts both enjoyed successful spells at Huddersfield, whilst Joe Garner spent a six months on loan, failing to score in 16 appearances.

Latics legend Bobby Campbell, played for and lived in Huddersfield

Other notable players to feature for both clubs are Gary Worthington, Mike Flynn, David Unsworth, Kevin Kilbane, Kevin Sharpe, James Vaughan and Alex Bruce.

Why not grab a look at our Hudds v Latics Meet The Ref article


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