As much as I have sympathy for their supporters I have little for the club the way whelan destroyed orrell rugby club. Allegedly having the orrell clubhouse burn down followed by wigan buying a player for the exact insurance payout an orrell steward told me on a visit there.F*** em. Never forgiven them for ruining the last days of my youth in 1985. Can't we just sign their first team squad before Saturday?
Didn't know about Orrell RFC.As much as I have sympathy for their supporters I have little for the club the way whelan destroyed orrell rugby club. Allegedly having the orrell clubhouse burn down followed by wigan buying a player for the exact insurance payout an orrell steward told me on a visit there.
Also Orrell went the way of almost every northern RU side upon professionalism. Waterloo, Sedgeley Park, Otley, Preston Grasshoppers - all perfectly viable in an amateur game where all you need is a good group of lads and a chairman to buy the beers. Upon contact with the cold, hard economics of professionalism they disintegrated as they weren't (and never had been) viable.Didn't know about Orrell RFC.
Anyhow, you have to have sympathy for the Latics' loyal fans, also the staff (and players?) who are being made redundant. And it seems what the new owners have done is outrageous.
But amidst all this talk about the club being "the beating heart of the community" etc, it should not be overlooked that until comparatively recently, Wigan Athletic were a non-league club in a rugby league town. And even after getting into the league in 1978, they were decidedly lower-league, and destined to stay there, until Whelan bought them in the mid-90's and pumped money in.
Which is not to deny them their achievements since, nor to let them die unmourned.
But perhaps some perspective might help?
It would appear Maurice Lindsay of Wigan Warriors RLFC was in cahoots with Whelan, too.It was whelan turning orrell pro which killed the club all likely part of his successful plan to turn orrells ground into wigan warriors training facility. I would expect orrell would be in the third tier at least nowadays. They always made the cup quarters and always in the top two divisions. Now they are at the same standard as chiswick.
£500K! Is that all? I think BU still have that in reserve. Mind you we hope it will never be required.Wigan Athletic's administrators are confident that a deal to sell the club can take place in time for them to start the 2020-21 League One season.
Begbies Traynor set a deadline of 31 August to sell the club, otherwise they may not be able to start the season.
On Wednesday, the Latics' supporters' club said they aim to raise £500,000 by Monday to secure the club's future.
"I'm still optimistic that one of these deals will come to fruition," administrator Gerald Krasner said.
During a press conference held on Thursday, he continued: "I've got what I call the frontrunners. I've got two different groups of Americans and I've got two UK bidders.
"One of the UK people has got the wherewithal to do it, but has got certain conditions, so we're still talking to these people."
It's not that long since (some) Wigan fans were saying they'd rather win the FA Cup and get relegated than lose the final and stay up.I just listened to the Administrator on Talksport, sounded absolutely rattled, although most would being questioned by Simon Jordan.
(From May 2013)It just goes to show how important Dave Whelan was for Wigan, it's all quite sad.
So sad for their fans and communuity; things don't look good. The fact it's a rugby league town probably doesn't help the business case for finding new owners; lets hope someone can save them, the Whelan family might step in.I just listened to the Administrator on Talksport, sounded absolutely rattled, although most would being questioned by Simon Jordan.
It just goes to show how important Dave Whelan was for Wigan, it's all quite sad.
Certainly Wigan Athletic fans hated the Rugby League club.As a kid I used to spend holidays with relatives in Wigan. My uncle would take me to all the Wigan RL games home and away. On our walk to Central Park we would see the odd person in blue and white heading to Springfield Park. "Your going the wrong way" was the usual comment from both sides. They played in the Northern Premier league in those days.
The last game at Springfield Park was a second division play off against Manchester City. I wonder what happened to them.
Wouldn’t say Blackburn are a safely run clubSo sad for their fans and communuity; things don't look good. The fact it's a rugby league town probably doesn't help the business case for finding new owners; lets hope someone can save them, the Whelan family might step in.
The Wigan situation shouldn't be lost on us; we're a small club punching above our weight still heavily reliant on our owner. It shows how important the new stadium, deal with London Irish (pitch will be ok lol), hospitality options, and probably most important PL football etc would be in ensuring we can eventually comfortably operate as a self sustaining business. Even if promoted I'd expect the building/managing of the business will still be key.
Blackburn in the same part of the world as Wigan had a rich owner which brought once in a generation success but we'd have to say on the face of it they managed the business; yes they fell back on the field but continue to function safely so clubs can survive after rich owners are no longer there.
Good luck to Wigan
Wouldn’t say Blackburn are a safely run club