Yes, it’s a barm !
Today we move to the pie capital of England (I’ve since learnt that Scottish non-league football is the best place for pies).
No idea why I’ve kept this programme for 40+ years, something to do with the fascination of clubs joining and leaving the League.
Wigan lost at tiny Birmingham City (pre-Clarkson) in the 3rd round, but were swiftly voted into the League to replace neighbours Southport.
Quite how Latics fans coped with losing away days at Goole, Mossley and Bangor, gaining Reading, Wimbledon and Bournemouth, I can only guess.
But of course your typical Wiganer, as pictured below in the programme,
has never been much interested in football. Till they beat Manchester City 3 times in the FA Cup in the last decade, anyway.
No, the national sport of Wigan is pie eating. And visiting micropubs.
Like the Springfield.
I visited the Springfield in 1996 when Wigan had started their Martinez (as a player) stage, and was wowed by the Tetley Bitter.
20 years later I wrote;
“The town has come a long way in the 20 years since it I first visited Springfield Park, and the town had a somewhat faded allure. In those days the Beer Guide was full of Burtonwood (Pear Tree), Tetley (Springfield) and probably Greenalls, and very good it was too after a soaking on the terraces.
The last 15 years have seen the modernisation of the football, the pub scene, the Wiend and the shopping centre. The Grand Arcade is better than it’s overrated namesake in Cambridge & they’ve managed to keep their Victorian arcades; Wigan is a Victorian gem.”
Why haven’t the Beer & Pubs Old Codgers visited yet ?
It’s got art, and Thwaites.
And a micropub with a station departures board.
And the Tap’n’Barrel is beautifully situated near to
a Thai massage parlour the Raven.
Perhaps just a few too micros in the Guide for some, but I reckon the return of the Swan & Railway may tempt Stafford Paul back. But possibly not just yet.