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THIS ONE WAS FOR THE FANS

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16:27 14th April 2013

by Nick Taylor

Ali Al Habsi and Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson praise supporters who made the trip to Wembley.

Ali Al Habsi was the only change in yesterday’s FA Cup semi final against Millwall as he came in for Joel Robles, but after the game he focused on what it meant to the club and the fans to win.

“The most important thing is that the fans enjoyed it because to be in the FA Cup final is a dream for everybody.

“I’m so proud to play at this football club and I’m so happy to see the fans behind me and the team all the time.

“We are only a small town but we have big hearts and we are very passionate about our football.”

At the end of the game Al Habsi jumped over the barriers around the pitch to give away his gloves from the match.

The first ever Omani to play at Wembley Stadium said:

“I went into the fans at the end and I was looking for the youngest supporter that came to the game and I gave them my gloves.

“For such young supporters to travel all the way from Wigan to London is unbelievable and I just wanted to give one of them something that they will make them remember this game forever.”

Speaking after the game, Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson also praised the fans, saying:

“The supporters were fantastic.

“We’re only a small town and to have that many fans at Wembley on a Saturday evening with travel not being easy is fantastic.

“The club is thankful for every single supporter that came to the game and you could hear what it meant to them and you could see the smiles on everyone’s faces.”

Jackson also noted the achievement of the younger fans who attended the game.

“Our plan for the last few years has been to make sure that every child in Wigan supports Wigan Athletic because it is their town to be proud of and of course we want them to be proud of the club.”

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