Latics' fantastic season receives town hall recognition

Latics' fantastic season receives town hall recognition


Wigan Athletic chairman Talal Al Hammad holding the League One Trophy

Plans to recognise Wigan Athletic’s remarkable 2021/22 season have been revealed by Wigan Council, including a special honour for the club’s chairman.

Talal Al Hammad will be offered the title of ‘Honorary Wiganer’ to recognise the impact he has made to the club and the community.

The club’s representatives will also be invited to a civic reception in the coming months at Wigan Town Hall.

Councillor David Molyneux, Leader of Wigan Council, said: “Winning a league championship and securing promotion is no easy feat, but given the rollercoaster ride the club has been on in the past two years, it makes the achievement even more remarkable.

“Everyone associated with the club deserves recognition. Wigan Athletic – along with all of our sporting clubs – is so important to our communities here in our borough and we’re delighted to be returning to the Championship next season.

“As the chants from the stands have stated, Talal is a Wiganer and we’re delighted to offer him this title. His enthusiasm and commitment have been clear for all to see and he has made a significant impact.

“We will be delighted to welcome club officials to the town hall very soon and formally recognise what has been an outstanding season.”

Wigan Athletic chairman Talal Al Hammad added: “I am extremely honoured to be bestowed with the title of ‘Honorary Wiganer’, Wigan certainly feels like a second home to me when I travel to the UK from Bahrain!

“It was a surreal but special moment when I walked over to thank our supporters at Shrewsbury, only for them to start singing ‘Talal is a Wiganer’.

“I must place on record my appreciation to Wigan Council for their support, not just in the past 14 months, but also in the weeks and months prior to Phoenix 2021 Limited becoming the custodians of Wigan Athletic in March last year.”

Further details of the civic reception will be revealed in due course.

Posted on Wednesday 11th May 2022

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