MILD & BITTER WERE THE DAYS BY KEN BARLOW – Get your signed copy of the book before the Chelsea game direct from the Author at the Wigan Athletic Supporters Club in the Robin Park Sports Arena, next door to the cafe that used to be Champions Bar, its a great read so get down to meet Ken who’ll no doubt hav even more good stories about life with Wigan Athletic in the 70’s

The diary of a sixteen year old Wigan Athletic fan

DETAILS FOR THE FORTHCOMING BOOK SIGNING AT WIGAN ATHLETIC’S SUPPORTERS CLUB, in the Robin Park Sports Arena, next door to the Cafe (what used to be Champion’s Bar) 1.30 – 2.30pm on Saturday 26th September before the Chelsea game.

Do you remember being sixteen? Learning to love music and girls. Receiving painful knock backs from girls. Lying in bed till dinner time. Learning to love your local, non-league football club.

Ken Barlow’s – no not that one – fabulous book ‘Mild & Bitter Were The Days’ captures all these emotions and much much more. Quite why he decided to keep a diary whilst growing up in Wigan in 1970 even Ken doesn’t know but cross Adrian Mole with Non League football and you’ll get a pretty good idea of the content.

As Ken describes:

It was Wigan 1970 and terrace violence was beginning to dominate football, even non-league Wigan Athletic had their ‘boot-boys’.

Elsewhere, Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull were breaking new ground in rock music. Meanwhile Ken remained perplexed by the fairer sex leading him to conclude that , “…life wur pot”

But this book is about so much more than that. It’s about friendships and relationship and knockbacks and wondering just what life has in store. Football is the underlying passion and of course Wigan Athletic were a pretty successful side in non-league and cup giant killing circles during this era.

The author himself will be making an appearance on Saturday 26th September at Wigan Athletic Supporters Club, At the Robin Park Sports Centre next door to the Café (what used to be Champion’s Bar) from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. where you can purchase a signed copy of his book and meet the author for a mere £9.99. You can buy a copy of the book from Waterstones, the Brickmakers Arms’ or it can be bought online at