Fans & ex-players call Heritage Day a success
- Call for more heritage days in the future
A Heritage Day celebrating Wigan’s rich history called a success by ex-players and fans alike.
Familiar faces such as Mick Cassidy, Andy Gregory, Stephan Wild, Martin Crompton, Steve Hampson, Ian Gildart and Henderson Gill took to the DW to relive past glories, meet old friends, speak to fans and support the current first team.
The ex-players joined the Wigan faithful at the fan village in plenty of time before kick-off. This gave fans the opportunity to meet the men who they had seen win wearing the Cherry & White in seasons gone by.
In a show of respect before the game got underway, the ex-warriors then made their way out on to the DW Stadium turf to form a guard of honour for Shaun Wane and his current team.
Discussing the day’s success, Warriors Head of Community and Marketing Martin McLoughlin said “it’s always fantastic to welcome back players who have pulled on the cherry and white jersey and to celebrate their successes.”
“However, it’s also important to involve the brilliant fans who come back every week to cheer on the team. Anyone who has played here will know just how great our supporters are and the Heritage game was a great chance for both players and fans alike to pay each other the admiration and respect they deserve.”
Speaking after the game, Barbara Thompson, secretary of the Wigan Past Players Association and Treasurer of the Riversiders said: “It is important to remember the club’s history and the players too.”
She added: “Riversiders members thought the Heritage game was a good idea and it is always great to see past players at the club.
“Hopefully the Past Players Association is going to sort more events then fans can meet them again.”
Keith Sutch, also from the Riversiders and Past Players Association, said “It was good to see that the was recognising the former players and the past players felt proud to be associated with the club. Events such as Friday meant something to them all, irrespective of whether they played 1 game or 300 games, each one had the common connection in that ‘they all played for Wigan’.”
Speaking about how the club facilitated the day, Keith said: “The fact that Shaun Wane attended prior to the game gave them [the ex-players] the sense of dignity to acknowledge their achievements which Shaun spoke about and as former players many conveyed their personal pride.”