‘Dream come true’: Devoted dad hopeful for Wigan win as Latics face Manchester City in FA cup final

By Danielle Wainwright

A die-hard Wigan Athletic fan is desperate  to see his beloved Latics play in the final, and has been up since dawn preparing for a nail-biting 90 minutes.

He admits that even though his heart belongs to the team, he will always share his love of the club with his six-month old daughter Amelia, who recently met Wigan mascots Phoenix and Blue.

Retail assistant Martin Chatterley, 27, laughed: “Well she was asleep in her pram but I got her up for a picture! It had to be done. Her cardigan says Wigan Athletic and No 1 Fan.”

Wigan Athletic are preparing to face reigning FA champions Manchester City in their first ever FA cup final appearance.

As Wigan look to face relegation in the Champions League, fans are excited at the prospect of taking home the trophy and beating one of the best football teams in the world.

And Martin is hopeful that his team will lead the town to victory.

He said: “It’s great to see that little Wigan has gone from playing at Springfield Park to Wembley – it’s a dream come true.

“Anything is possible in the FA cup, I hope we can win.

“City have world-class players but we will be good competition, Martinez is a great motivator.”

The match is tipped by some as an easy Man City win, but Wigan fans are confident that their team will be a worthy rival.

Yet even if Wigan suffers a defeat, Martin is happy enough to cheer on his team and is proud that they have come so far in the tournament.

“The semi-final was such a good atmosphere it will be great,” he said.

“I went to see the team off at the train station yesterday afternoon and that was really good, we can only believe!”

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