It was with great sadness that the club has learned of the passing of one its longest serving supporters, Alan Winstanley, who died recently at the age of 80.
Lifelong fan Alan was celebrating his Golden wedding anniversary at the DW Stadium the very day his beloved Latics beat Millwall in the FA Cup semi-final last year.
When the club found out, then manager Roberto Martinez agreed to hand over the first pair of tickets issued for the FA Cup Final in person to Alan and his wife Rita at their Ashton-in-Makerfield home.
It was an overwhelming gesture by his football that Alan’s son Neil said had left him speechless. ‘Believe me that didn’t happen very often. We will always be grateful for the pleasure Dad got from this.’
Alan and Rita had in fact met on a coach to watch Latics in the 60s and together they watched their team’s incredible rise from the Lancashire combination all the way to the Premier League – and after celebrity visit, they were able to witness the club’s finest moment in lifting the FA Cup at Wembley.
The couple enjoyed over fifty glorious years together and as well as Latics, were immensely proud of their two sons, Gary and Neil.
The former car mechanic apprentice worked as a miner then for Reeds Corrugated Cases in Goose Green, then Carborundum in Rainford before moving to HL Gorner where he worked until his retirement.
The club wishes to send its sincere condolences to Rita and family.
The funeral is being held at the Holy Trinity church in Rectory Road, Downall Green on the 4th of August at 2pm, followed by cremation at the St. Helens Crematorium.