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27 October 2014

Sporting Memories Network team up with Latics for Fulham game to support those living with dementia.

Wigan Athletic and the Community Trust have teamed up with Sporting Memories Network and Wigan Borough Council to support older fans in the community living with dementia.

Latics forthcoming Championship game against Fulham will see fans celebrating the history and heritage of the club and learning more about memory problems and dementia.


The Sporting Memories Network is a dementia-awareness charity that promotes and develops the use of sporting memories to improve the well-being of older people, helping to tackle dementia, depression and social isolation.

Recalling favourite memories of watching and playing sport can help trigger many fond and happy memories for older fans, particularly those living with dementia. Reminiscing about favourite players, crucial goals and even pies and Bovril can help to improve mental and physical well-being.


We’re looking for your #wafcmemories on Twitter and Facebook, some of which will be used in the matchday programme for the Fulham game.

Whether it’s non-league, Football League, FA Cup or Europe, we want to know you favourite memories!

You can also send your memories to along with any accompanying photos.

Look out for our ‘On This Day’ features across our social channels too, as we build-up towards the weekend’s game.

Peter Atherton, Matt Jackson, Joe Parkinson and Neill Rimmer have already looked back on their first and favourite games for Wigan Athletic, in the first of several videos with past and present players and club officials.


Volunteers from the charity will be interviewing fans outside the DW Stadium to capture their favourite memories ahead of the 3pm kick off.

There will also be chance to win a signed first team shirt donated by the Community Trust, by entering a ‘Spot the Ball’ competition.

All of the memories that are sent in and recorded on the day will be added to those shared by current and former players and club officials, with all memories being 'donated' to the Wigan and Leigh Sporting Memories project, supporting older people across the borough.

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