Latics supporter of over two decades discusses his DW Stadium memories and what being a Wigan Athletic fan means.
- 20 YEARS | Wigan Athletic fan James Mitchell discusses his DW Stadium memories
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- James Mitchell picks Hugo Rodallega’s winner against Liverpool in 2010 as his favourite DW memory
Wigan Athletic supporter James Mitchell is the latest person to give their DW Stadium memories to iFollow Latics as we celebrate 20 years at our home.
James, who now travels from Cleethorpes to Latics matches home and away, picked our win over Liverpool in 2010 as his favourite memory, as Roberto Martinez’s side edged the Reds out 1-0 thanks to a Hugo Rodallega goal.
“We were going through a bad run at the time and a few members of my family had Liverpool season tickets, so to beat another big club, after we had beat Chelsea here and later on Arsenal, it was a great memory,” James said.
“That season the club brought a DVD out! We beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool! Since we got promoted to the Premiership, I always wanted us to beat Liverpool and we had come close before – I remember we went to Anfield and Zaki scored twice.
“Liverpool were in the title race and we had gone something like eight games without a win, so it was really unexpected.”
James has family connections to the club and took in his first game in 1997, after his old man James Mitchell Sr, had played a couple of league games for the club in the mid-80s.
Jimmy Mitchell Sr played for Latics in the 1984-85 campaign.
“I have been coming to games since about 1997,” James said. “I went to a pre-season game that season but my Grandad decided I probably wasn’t old enough so it was 1998-99 – about halfway through – that I first started coming regularly, in the last season at Springfield Park.
“I lived in Wigan until 2013 and then I moved to Cleethorpes just before we won the FA Cup and I have been there ever since. It is about a five-hour round trip and I have had some happy ones as well as angry ones!
“My Dad played a couple of league games for the club in the mid-80s; he used to car share with Paul Cook and David Lowe, coming from Liverpool. He likes me to mention that when I can!”