Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup heroes will celebrate their historic victory alongside their fans in the heart of Wigan on Monday evening.
The club’s players and manager will parade the cup from an open top bus that will travel the length of Standishgate, before disembarking in Market Place where they will take to a stage to thank Latics’ fans for their amazing support during the club’s momentous cup run.
Latics are expected to arrive in the town centre at around 5 pm. However fans are advised to arrive from 4pm at the latest to ensure they get a good view. Local radio station WISH FM will be providing live entertainment in the run up to the Latics’ arrival and will be joined by surprise guests on stage in Market Place from 4 pm.
The club and council have worked together for a number of weeks on the “Believe in Wigan” campaign and want to put on a family event to publicly thank supporters and show off the FA Cup.
Roberto Martinez said: “This is a very special moment in the club’s history and we want to thank everyone from our home town for the tremendous support we have received and the belief the town and the council has shown in us. We hope lots of people will turn out to celebrate with us, we’re really looking forward to having the chance to see the whole town decked out in the club’s colours again.”
Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council: “Wigan Athletic have achieved something that seemed like a pipedream. But due to the hard work of Roberto, Dave Whelan and everybody at the club, that dream has become a reality. We are extremely proud of them and their fans and we are delighted to be able to host this celebration right in the heart of Wigan. We’re sure it will be a fantastic culmination to a wonderful achievement and we will always remember the impact that the whole ‘Believe’ campaign has left on our borough.”
Those attending the event are encouraged to share their experiences with @WiganCouncil and @LaticsOfficial using the hash tag #BelieveInWigan