Introducing Irish Latics fan, David Roche.
- Meet Irish Latics fan, David Roche.
- David is one of over 25 fans signed up from his country.
- Latics fans worldwide standing up to be counted for the Football League.
The campaign began back in June, and so far we have 67 nations represented, from our leading supporters in Australia, to the lesser known British Virgin Islands!
In our second instalment from our fans across the globe, we head to Cork, Ireland.
NAME: David Roche
LOCATION: Cork, Ireland
Why did you start supporting Wigan Athletic?
It’s a strange story really because I don’t have any family ties to Wigan or anything.
I was about 10 years old and I had a game called FA Premier League Football Manager 1999/2000, all my friends were being the biggest teams in the Premier League, but I decided to adopt Wigan Athletic in the old division two.
Playing that game made me follow the team in real life and fortune had it the club began to make a lot of noise in the division. Watching highlights of the 2002/03 season and seeing Latics get promoted into the second tier for the first time had me hooked; I bought the shirt that year and never looked back.
The final game of the 2002-03 season, the season David became 'hooked'!
What was the first Latics game you attended?
My first game was 13 December 2008, it was a Christmas present from my Mum. I flew over with my Dad to Manchester and stayed for a few days.
The match itself was brilliant; we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 in a freezing JJB Stadium. What a team we had that day as well, Emile Heskey, Antonio Valencia and Lee Cattermole scored and we had the likes of Mario Melchiot, Paul Scharner and Maynor Figueroa playing too.
The atmosphere was great for a local derby and the performance matched it.
Emile Heskey watches on as his opening goal beats Paul Robinson against Blackburn in 2008.
Which players have influenced you as a Latics supporter?
There have been some great names like Nathan Ellington, Arjan De Zeeuw and Andy Liddell who were playing when I first started supporting the team.
Naturally I admire the Irish internationals too, the likes of Kevin Kilbane, James McClean and Chris McCann.
Kevin Kilbane captaining Latics against Bolton in 2007-08.
What is it like supporting Latics in Ireland?
For me it is great supporting Latics from Ireland, it stands me out from those who support the usual suspects and I’m proud of my team and everything they have achieved in the past.
I have no problem explaining that to my friends who support other clubs and anyone I meet with an interest in football.
What are your hopes for the new season?
Well, I’ve booked my flights to come over for the Crewe Alexandra match at the DW Stadium at the end of the month and hopefully by then we’ll be well under way with a good start.
I hope we can get promoted back to the Championship and everything seems positive at the moment, so I’m confident we can achieve everything that Gary Caldwell and the club are aiming for.
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