My hometown team achieved the ultimate childhood dream on Saturday 11 May 2013. Against the odds, Wigan Athletic, whose squad cost £11m, defeated last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City, who have 11 players costing £11m or more each, to lift the FA Cup.
The road to Wembley started back in January, with the hope of a cup run alive in the minds of all Wigan supporters. A cup run for Wigan usually means getting to the 5th round, so it was with usual trepidation that Wigan started their cup campaign at home to a team in England‘s third division, AFC Bournemouth.
A 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium, with an equalising goal from Jordi Gomez, spared their blushes and a replay was required on the South Coast.
A goal from Mauro Boselli in the replay sent Wigan through to Round 4, and a trip to non league Macclesfield Town. To the dream…
As fans trudged through the snow to head to the game, thoughts of reaching Wembley were a million miles away. Continue reading