Wigan Athletic fans make council change ‘discriminatory’ signs celebrating rugby success
Civil war in the north west town
There has long been an uneasy relationship between football and rugby fans in Wigan (or at least that’s how it appears to us sat in our ivory towers Dahn Saaf, anyway.)
That animosity has now escalated into small-scale political warfare, after supporters of Wigan Athletic recently harangued the local council into taking down signs celebrating Wigan Warriors‘ first Super League rugby championship win in 12 years, claiming they were ‘discriminatory’.
Wigan council had originally tacked notices to three ‘Welcome to Wigan’ road signs reading: ‘Wigan Warriors Super League champions 2010′.
However, on seeing the congratulations, incensed Wigan Athletic fans threw such a shitfit local officials were forced to add ‘home of Premiership football and Super League rugby’ underneath.
Paul Farrington, webmaster (do people still say ‘webmaster’?) of a Wigan fan site said:
I’m happy the council have now decided to see sense. Driving through the town as you leave the motorway, you wouldn’t have even known Premier League football exists here.
While supporter Mark Cowley told the Wigan Evening Post:
It’s an absolute disgrace. The person who made the decision simply can’t be from Wigan. Any sporting success in the town should be celebrated but not at the cost of any other clubs.
Brilliant. It’s a road sign for crying out loud.
Can’t we all be friends?
[via the Guardian]
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