My home town is probably known for a few things – The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell, Northern Soul at Wigan Casino and Rugby League*. Wigan Warriors is arguably the most famous Rugby League Club and I’m a proud and passionate supporter.
The club celebrates it’s 150th anniversary this year (it’s formation pre-dating the split that led to the formation of the “Northern Union” as Rugby League was originally known) and in honour of the event have produced a video.
The video is based on a poem written by poet, performer and writer, Tony Walsh, who delivered his poem “This Is The Place” to the crowds that gathered in Albert Square, Manchester in May 2017 for the public vigil following the bomb attack at Manchester Arena. The poem is narrated by Wigan Warriors legend, Martin Offiah.
Last Saturday I was up early to catch a coach for the long ride down to London to watch Wigan play Huddersfield in the Challenge Cup Final, this year held at Tottenham Hotspur’s rather magnificent stadium, Wembley being used for the Football League play-offs.
Wigan’s performance was far from their best, to be honest. Some people might say that the best team lost. But points make prizes and Wigan snatched it four mnutes from time. A great way to celebrate a significant annniversary
* Credit should also be given to Footbal League Club Wigan Athletic
Never been to a Rugby League match but listened to that one on the radio. Think I had a glimpse of their stadium from Haigh Hall the other week.
So you were in my part of the world then! Haigh Hall is 3 miles from home. You certainly would have been able to see the stadium looking down from the Hall.
Congratulations Wigan Warriors!
Thanks Anabel 🙂
My friend is a staunch Widnes Vikings fan and always says that he saw the best of Offiah at Widnes, particularly the 1988 season when he scored 58 tries in 41 games. As for Saints well we could have signed him but instead called him an uncoordinated clown!! Not our finest decision
He did OK for us!