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‘Get behind us at Stoke City’: Wigan Athletic fans urged on by chief executive Jonathan Jackson

By Colin Henrys

Wigan Athletic supporters are being urged to get behind their side when they take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium tonight, by chief executive Jonathan Jackson.

Wigan took more than 2,300 fans to Macclesfield Town’s Moss Rose on Saturday as the Latics reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Mr Jackson now wants them to keep up the same momentum at Stoke as they bid to kick-start their Premier League survival bid.

“It was magnificent to see the Wigan supporters taking up almost half of the Moss Rose on Saturday in the FA Cup,” he told the club website.

“Stoke is also one of our closest rivals in the Premier League with lots of parking, a great atmosphere and reasonable ticket prices.

“We look forward to seeing the travelling fans out in numbers again.”

It was at the Britannia in 2011 when Hugo Rodallega famously scored on the last day of the season to keep Wigan in the Premier League.

Mr Jackson claims such wins are thanks in part to the huge travelling support and he urged supporters to keep turning out in numbers to back the team.

“The players are understandably lifted when we have a large away following,” he said.

“We have seen it in recent years at Blackpool, Bolton and Blackburn and of course at Stoke in 2011 when Hugo’s goal helped to retain our place in the Premier League.

“It makes a huge difference to the players, and although we know it can be expensive to watch Premier League football, tonight’s game is a very important fixture in our season as we look to climb out of the bottom three.” 

Picture courtesy of illarterate, with thanks.

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