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    donnys pageDonnys Page
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    Get 5555 in the North stand.

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    I think you are right with us getting in the league in 1978. Before that we were plucky little non league Latics who made a name for ourselves in FA Cup ,very often supported by the Rugby club and their supporters.I remember they used to put good luck Wigan Athletic messages in the Post and Chronicle and we used to do the same when they had big Challenge Cup matches.When we got in the league their attitude changed towards us ,we became a real threat and they did not like it.Things have never been the same since and we all know the history and the derogatory comments made towards us by their various Chairmen. We could get on now but they have to accept that we are equals ,we are not plucky little non league Latics anymore.

    They embraced Thatcherism and the mood of the time in a huge way and had a very aggressive marketing strategy on a par with a political campaign within local and national media.
    I remember a certain rag putting front page stories about Latics fans having minor scuffles and then comparing it to the Rugby whose holier than thou never ever caused any bother??
    A match against Carlisle in the FA cup carried a story about the police operation and the threat of a major riot/fight , not good PR to attract supporters.
    Sinister stuff looking back but look at our gates before Whelan came in and all this had a massive impact in my view.
    The scars of this are still in evidence even today and i still hear pundits spout the rugby town bollocks on a regular basis, even heard it the other week on a sports news programme, TV screen almost smashed when i heard it.
    Forgive obviously, the administration has changed , but never EVER forget !!!!!!!!!

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