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“I’M JUST HAPPY TO BE ON THE BACK” – PROGRAMME COVER STAR TIM CHOW

24 April 2015

Young midfielder reflects on a crazy week and talks about his pride in pulling on the Wigan Athletic jersey in this week’s programme.

  • “It still hasn’t sunk in for my family yet.” – Chow.
  • Gary Caldwell and Chief Executive and Director Jonathan Jackson offer their final contributions of the season.
  • Paul Rowley looks back at our clashes with Wolves in the final official match day programme of the campaign.

SUCH HAS BEEN THE TURNAROUND IN FORTUNES OF 21-YEAR-OLD MIDFIELDER TIM CHOW THAT HE SAT DOWN FOR HIS CHRISTOPHER PARK INTERVIEW FOR TODAY’S PROGRAMME STATING THAT HE WAS JUST HAPPY TO BE ON THE BACK OF THE PROGRAMME, LET ALONE THE FRONT!

It’s quite a remarkable story for the young midfielder, who has been with the club since he was ten years old, after he was told he could leave the club in recent weeks before new boss Gary Caldwell handed the Billinge-born youngster a lifeline.

Reflecting on the past week, Chow explained that the experience is still yet to sink in.

“It’s been crazy, something I could never have imagined or thought about,” Chow explained. “I went for food in St. Helens after the game and even going in there, there were people asking if I was the lad who scored at the game today.

“The phone has been crazy too; I had texts from people all over the world in Spain, Australia and America and the Twitter has been mad and to be honest I didn’t dare open it up I had that many notifications.

“But the support has been unbelievable, fans, players I’ve played with in the past and coaches all wishing me good luck and saying how made up they are for me, it’s been really good.

“It’s been touching really because everyone who has been in touch has said nobody deserves it more and that’s nice.”

Everyone associated with Wigan Athletic was bursting with pride when Chow nodded in the opener in the 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend but there were none more jubilant than a contingent of the Chow family sat in the West Stand.

Chow’s Mum Julie, Dad Paul, Brothers Matthew, Daniel and Eric and girlfriend Dominique were all in elation as the ball hit the back of the net.

“It’s surreal for my family, I don’t think it has sunk in, my Dad is just grinning all the time and I know he can’t take it in – that will take some time,” he said.

“All of my family were in the stand, I knew that, and that’s why I ran over to them to celebrate because they have been with me through all of the ups and the downs.

“Two weeks ago I told them I wasn’t getting another contract and they were the first people there, my brothers were straight on to me to go to the cinema with them to take my mind off the news and it is little things like that, that you don’t forget.”

You can read the full interview with Tim, as well as our all exclusive columns from Gary Caldwell, Jonathan Jackson, Paul Rowley and Neill Rimmer.

A look back at Wolves’ last visit the DW is also included as well as a memorable ‘On this Day’ from 1987 as goals from David Lowe, Bobby Campbell and Paul Jewell secured a 3-0 win at Springfield Park over Mansfield Town.

Pick up your copy outside the ground on match day for just £3 or online here

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