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Post Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:13 pm
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Frankly, anyone who, after the last few years, thinks that IL is not a good chairman for Wigan needs their head examining.

Whatever the circumstances surrounding the stadium and our deal to play there - and let's remember that this was a deal put in place before IL took over, when the odds were very decisively in favour of the stadium-owner - the guy has delivered success after success. There barely seems to be a year now when we aren't in with a really good chance of winning silverware.

Let's just compare that to the era when Whelan and Mo were in charge. It was a desert. We got nowhere near winning anything, crowds were declining, we drifted steadily closer towards relegation (which would have been totally unthinkable even under the previous struggling administration) - there were rumours that journos were ringing the club during work hours and no-one even answered the phone. I think it's safe to say that, for all the promises made, we weren't much of a priority.

Now, under IL ... even if he does have other interests, we are back to being one of the British game's leading clubs. That is not just a coincidence. It can't have happened by accident.

I admit that the stadium situation is awkward and embarrassing, and it never seems to go away. Even though Latics are currently tanking, it seems obvious they are always going to have the upper hand. But ultimately, I'm not sure that's the end of the world - every so often when this kind of thing happens, it allows fans at the likes of Saints, Leeds and Latics to ignore their own problems by jeering at us for a day or two, but it's not stopped us winning trophies. This last weekend alone we beat a bunch of opponents who, if their public statements were to be believed, were really outraged by the trick we'd played on them and so had every reason to take our scalp.

I personally would love it if we could somehow find a way to guarantee that when we have a home fixture we will always be able to play it at home. But there are only two certainties about this: a) it isn't going to involve us buying or building a new stadium; and b) if anyone can sort that out, it's more likely to be someone like IL, who has already shown that he can and will do great things for the club, than someone who quite simply has other priorities.
Post Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:31 am
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^^^
Good post and I think you deserve the final word on this. Let's move on to the actual rugby.
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Post Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:50 am
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Aboveusonlypie wrote:
^^^
Good post and I think you deserve the final word on this. Let's move on to the actual rugby.



Cannot allow that to pass after IL's organising of the Oscars ceremony last night. :D LP
Post Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:14 pm
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The Ghost of '99 wrote:
Wigan like all clubs were given multiple drafts of the fixture list to approve or highlight any issues. This isn't an issue at other clubs where things are changed well in advance or, shockingly, the stadium can cope with more than one event a weekend.

But I'll ask again since some of you continue to try and for some reason blame the RFL: are there 11 weekends, excluding WCC, cup, Magic and International when the DW Stadium would be available during the regular season - if weekends when the Latics were playing at home and the weeks of never-ending pitch work (which always happens during the RL season I note) are excluded?


So if it isn't a problem at other clubs how come Huddersfield have just had to bring this weeks home match forward to Thursday because the football club don't want the pitch spoiled for their game on Saturday and they have also demanded another game to be rearranged for the same reason. All this could and should have been avoided with more thought give to the fixture arranging.
Post Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:05 am
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Singing Warrior wrote:
So if it isn't a problem at other clubs how come Huddersfield have just had to bring this weeks home match forward to Thursday because the football club don't want the pitch spoiled for their game on Saturday and they have also demanded another game to be rearranged for the same reason. All this could and should have been avoided with more thought give to the fixture arranging.


It's more than giving more thought to fixture arranging. The biggest issue with this game is the football club pulled rank about 28 hours before we were due to kick off. With enough notice moving things about, although not ideal is workable.
Post Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:23 pm
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Err this is a weird one but one of your lot just went onto our board and called me out by name for NOT posting on your forum???

So I guess Ill say I don't think this switching fixtures thing was very proffesional, and you will probably be fined or maybe docked points, depending on whether the rfl sees it as a serious enough offence.

Positives for you is that you play us in a couple of weeks, so you will get those points back in no time.
Post Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:37 am
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Wigan offering someone up here (not us) who complained to the club re the Widnes debacle free hospitality and accommodation for the return match in July .

Pays to complain . Wonder how far they will take it ?

Regards , EW
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Post Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:52 am
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Edinburgh Warrior wrote:
Wigan offering someone up here (not us) who complained to the club re the Widnes debacle free hospitality and accommodation for the return match in July .

Pays to complain . Wonder how far they will take it ?

Regards , EW


Why haven't you complained? You might feel uncomfortable doing it (I know I do) but I've read that you missed your train that you'd already paid for which can't have been just loose change.

I don't think the club are happy about this whole sh*t fest and would compensate you if you contacted them.
Post Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:08 am
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I have complained to the club a few times in the past about changed fixtures . I have just resigned myself to the fact that its the perils on a long distance supporter and prefer to keep the blood pressure in check these days by staying calm Ha Ha Ha . Nearly didn't work last week though .

Answer to your question on Friday Brian (Rogues) is yes i have calmed down lol.

Regards . EW
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Post Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:19 am
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PurpleCheeseWarrior wrote:
Why haven't you complained? You might feel uncomfortable doing it (I know I do) but I've read that you missed your train that you'd already paid for which can't have been just loose change.

I don't think the club are happy about this whole sh*t fest and would compensate you if you contacted them.


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