Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 20th August, 2011)
Welcome to Wigan
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).
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.
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.
That's about half a mile from where I was brought up.
@ 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.
Ian, does it really matter?
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
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.
Ancient & Loyal is missing
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.