Manager reflects on Thursday’s fans meeting and players’ Leeds United ticket offer.
- Humility among the players is pleasing.
- We hope supporters turn out in good numbers at Elland Road.
- Great to meet fans from forums and fanzines.
Latics boss Malky Mackay told Latics Player he is proud of his players for their kind gesture to contribute to the cost of 50% of the first 500 tickets sold our Boxing Day clash at Elland Road against Leeds United.
Tickets are priced as high as £36 for adults and, taking into consideration the time of year, said it was important he and his players addressed the issue.
“It was something that we spoke about because of the price of the ticket at Leeds on Boxing Day,” Mackay explained.
“It’s very traditional for people to go to football on Boxing Day and we have fans that go and that’s important, we have a lot of respect for our away fans.
“I spoke to the players, asked them, because I couldn’t force them to do it, and to a man it was absolutely the case with them not having a problem with contributing at all.
“I’m really proud of the players to be able to do that and I hope that our fans turn out, I’m sure they will.”
And the Scot felt the offer was a further display of just how much his players care for the cause at Wigan Athletic Football Club.
“The players care deeply and that’s one of the real positive things I’ve seen when I came in here because there is a group of boys here who are desperate to do well for the football club,” he added.
“It shows that there is that humility among them and that’s a great quality to have in life.”
Mackay was speaking after he’d met multiple fans from Latics forums and fanzines and he was delighted with the open discussion he could have.
“It was good to get to know people who are lifelong supporters of the football club, care deeply about the club and shape their own forums and groups of supporters,” Mackay continued.
“So it was good for them to meet me, and me to meet them, and be really open where they could ask me any questions which they wanted to.
“We had a good chat and that’s positive because it showed me how much they care.”