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Don’t stop believing
Wednesday 2nd April, 2014

Don’t stop believing
Dave Whelan and Cllr Molyneux visiting the “Believe” landmarks which have recently been installed around Wigan town centre.

Don’t stop believing – that’s the message from Wigan Council as it backs the borough’s latest bid for sporting glory.

The council has re-launched its successful “Believe in Wigan” campaign to coincide with Wigan Athletic’s defence of their FA Cup title and their bid for Barclays Premier League promotion. To drum up support in the run-up to the semi-final and the run to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs, Wigan Council has painted the town blue once again, with the town’s shops and pavements decorated with messages of support.

The campaign began last year when Latics reached the FA Cup final. It continued with Leigh Centurions’ Northern Rail cup victory and Wigan Warriors’ double-winning success.

Now, with Wigan Athletic’s remarkable cup run continuing and the team surging into Play-Off contention, the council is calling on the borough to “Believe” again.

Deputy leader of Wigan Council Councillor David Molyneux met with chairman of Wigan Athletic Dave Whelan recently to show him around the newly decorated town centre.

Cllr David Molyneux, said: “I’m extremely pleased to see the “Believe” campaign return to the borough for a second year running. I hope that with the town behind them once again Latics can claim the FA Cup for a second year and make a return to the premiership.”

Dave Whelan said: “It’s great to see Wigan Council supporting us once again in our bid to keep hold of the FA Cup and to get back up to the Premier League. Seeing my hometown painted blue fills me with great pride and I’m confident that, with the backing of our town, Latics can bring the cup home once again and keep pushing up the league. It’s been an incredible year for Wigan as a town.”

Latics play Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday 12 April, scene of the club’s historic triumph in the same competition last May. It will be the fourth time Latics have played at the home of English football in 12 months – with the chance of two more visits if they overcome the odds once again and triumph against Arsenal, plus qualify for the Play-Off Final.

As part of the campaign a competition to win a pair of tickets to the FA Cup semi-final launched on the council’s Twitter account this week. To enter, participants will need to name the eleven players, past and present, featured on the floor stickers dotted about town and in the town’s shopping centres, tweeting their answers to #LaticsLegends. The competition ends on Sunday 6th April.

John Sanson, general manager of Grand Arcade Shopping Centre, said:

“We are once again pleased to support the town and its sporting heritage, a feel good factor is prevalent in the town when success comes its way.”

Victoria Nichol, centre manager of the Galleries Shopping Centre, said:

“We’re very excited to be a part of the “Believe” campaign and I’m looking forward to seeing the town ‘painted’ blue. I’m sure our customers will be equally as excited.”

People can keep track of events on the council’s Twitter account by following @WiganCouncil and using the hashtag #Believe or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wigancouncilonline

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