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MOTTY PRAISES LATICS FANS

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13:13 22nd May 2013

by Paul Chialton

Commentator admires resolute supporters.

One of the most famous voices of football has praised the efforts of Wigan Athletic supporters this season.

When asked who he thought the best supporters of the season were, BBC Commentator John Motson pointed to Latics fans’ undivided following of their team through the good and bad times of the 2012/13 campaign.

Motson the BBC Sport website: “Wigan supporters don’t always get great publicity, but I have admired the way they have responded to the euphoria and disappointment of the last few weeks.

“They were outnumbered by Manchester City fans at the FA Cup final, but they were singing loud and proud after Ben Watson’s late goal secured them their first major trophy. A few days later Latics were relegated after eight seasons in the Premier League.

“Yet that did not stop an estimated 30,000 fans from lining the streets of the town centre on Monday to see Roberto Martinez and his players parade the FA Cup in an open-top bus.”

Motson also picked out the team’s success at Wembley over Manchester City as one of his highlights of the last year, adding:

“There is no doubt Wigan Athletic winning the FA Cup and Swansea City securing the League Cup were both romantic stories that few people forecast back in August.”

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