|Don’t stop believing: Wigan Council backs the Warriors to make it a hat-trick of triumphs
Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, and Wigan coach Shaun Wane in Wigan town centre.
It started with Wigan Athletic’s historic victory in the FA Cup final, then continued with Leigh Centurions stunning Northern Rail Cup win and now it goes on as Wigan Warriors face a trip to Wembley for the Challenge Cup final.
Wigan Council is calling on the borough to keep believing and get behind the Warriors as they look to continue the borough’s extraordinary winning streak.
The council and the club have come together to launch a new “Believe in Wigan” campaign to mark the Warriors’ appearance in rugby league’s Challenge Cup final. It follows the hugely successful campaigns the council organised ahead of the Latics’ and the Leythers’ cup finals.
Merchandise brandished with the “Believe in Wigan” slogan has been produced, events are being planned around Wigan and the town centre has been decorated with posters, balloons and floor vinyls. Local schools and businesses are being asked to show their support and the council is also encouraging its staff to back the campaign.
Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “This has already been a special year of sport here in Wigan Borough. After such successful campaigns for Wigan Athletic and Leigh Centurions, we couldn’t fail to fully support the Warriors in their bid to bring the Challenge Cup back to Wigan again.
“What other place in the country can boast such spectacular sporting success? It would be quite something to have the FA Cup winners, the Northern Rail Cup winners and the Challenge Cup winners all in one borough. Of course, we’re not taking anything for granted. So, we’re going to make sure Shaun Wane and his talented team of players know the borough is behind them and desperate for them to secure our third piece of major sporting silverware in four months.”
The Warriors, who have won the Challenge Cup 18 times in total, take on Hull FC at Wembley on Saturday 24 August. It’s a repeat of the classic 1985 final, which Wigan won 28-24.
Wigan Council first launched the “Believe in Wigan” campaign in April to mark Wigan Athletic’s appearance in the FA Cup final. It attracted coverage around the world and caught the imagination of people across the borough. The “Believe in Leigh” campaign was launched ahead of the Centurions’ victory in July in the Northern Rail Cup.
The Challenge Cup Final will be the fourth time Wigan sporting fans have visited Wembley this year, with Wigan Athletic playing at the stadium for their FA Cup semi-final and final appearances and Sunday’s Community Shield match.
Fans using social media to show their support are asked to use the #BelieveInWigan hashtag on Twitter to get their messages shared. Tickets for the final are available from the DW Stadium ticket office. Prices start at £21.