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 Photo-a-Day      (Saturday, 20th August, 2011) Views: 7,664 
Welcome to Wigan
 Welcome to Wigan   by John Greene  (Taken with Canon EOS 500 35mm + scanned)
Warrington Road.

Comment by Maria Salome Cabrales on 20th August 2011 at 07:25
Great pic!
Hope ,one day , have my own shot on the same place. ( I will make sure that , when I visit Wigan, 1st shot would be on this place where the 2 cutie girls are standing).


Comment by Rob on 20th August 2011 at 09:28
If Wigan Football don't invest in quality players, they'll be playing championship football next season...but seem to just scrape through, there luck could just run out this season...hope im wrong.


Comment by Ian on 20th August 2011 at 10:06
I think the photo is very good. The only fault i can find are the two signs under neath Wigan Borough. I think the top one should read Wigan Warriors super league champions 2010 and then underneath should be home of super league rugby and premiership football, also on the Wigan Warriors super league champions sign why not have the ancient and loyal crest.


Comment by Catherine on 20th August 2011 at 13:39
That's about half a mile from where I was brought up.


Comment by Maria Salome Cabrales on 20th August 2011 at 19:11
@ Ian's comment - I agree.And much better if the word , "welcome to Wigan" , should be emphasize more,just that word on the upper sign.


Comment by Ste Wigan on 20th August 2011 at 19:31
Ian, does it really matter?


Comment by Ian on 20th August 2011 at 21:54
Does it matter of course we have been a rugby town for many many years lets get it right. The rugby team were winning trophys long before the latics got into the football league. As for putting the ancient and loyal crest on the sides of the Wigan warriors super league champions 2010 that is the original wigan crest from when wigan was granted a charter if im correct aswell as it being on the warriors shirt. Now the other crest what latics have progress with unity which came into existence in the 1970s is already on the signs in the above picture. I would think that to show both crest would be a good idea and the ancient and loyal one the original is somthing wigan should be proud of.Saying this im a follower of both the rugby and the football and a born and bread wiganer. But the order i have mentioned would make more sense as the rugby teams have brought more success to wigan in the past so they should be given credit for their achievements. Plus i also think when people are asked to think of somthing famous with wigan its either the rugby team or pies or uncle joes mintballs


Comment by Ste Wigan on 21st August 2011 at 08:42
I too am a proud, born and bred Wiganer and I support both Latics and the Warriors. For the town to be famous for two sports and two teams means more to me than pies. After all, our town isn't famous for making pies but, as history tells us, for eating humble ones.


Comment by Graham Williams on 21st August 2011 at 13:08
Ancient & Loyal is missing


Comment by Ticsmon on 24th August 2011 at 21:04
Ian, I won’t start the discussion on who’s got the highest profile (it’s a no brainer anyway) but I must reply to your comments:

“…original wigan crest from when wigan was granted a charter if im correct…”

I don’t think you are. The charter was granted in 1246. The ‘Ancient and Loyal’ crest or the arms of the County Borough of Wigan, was adopted in 1922 (prior to that a seal was used that bore a depiction of Wigan's Moot Hall) and lasted until the local government reorganisation in 1974 when the ‘Progress with Unity’ was introduced and we annexed Leigh in a bloodless coup!

Therefore, ‘Ancient and Loyal’ lasted 52 years and ‘Progress with Unity’ is 37 years and counting. Wigan Athletics club badge does not now carry the ‘Progress with Unity’ crest with its main feature being the Mountain Ash or Wiggin tree which is featured on both crests. This was first used in 1979 to 1989 and revived in 2008.


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