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Million Pound game hopefully : Fri Aug 19, 2022 6:57 pm  
Who’s up for doing the fans walk to the ground
I think we should get together and sort it out
It would look fab get fans to join on route from the various pubs in town
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Re: Million Pound game hopefully : Sun Aug 21, 2022 8:28 am  
This is a fantastic idea, everyone wearing colours, get numbers. Other threads rightly discuss social media, this is an opportunity to send a message. Time for the fans to make a statement. Get as many as possible to walk through town.
It would look amazing on all those platforms. If we make that final it is a must!
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Re: Million Pound game hopefully : Sun Aug 21, 2022 9:36 am  
Perhaps they can start the walk from the Bus Depot. After all, "we are just a bus stop in Wigan".
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Re: Million Pound game hopefully : Sun Aug 21, 2022 10:16 am  
I 'll start walking from Oldham down the M62! Should make the news. :) Better still Vancouver Leyther could start walking next week once he's returned home lol :)
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Re: Million Pound game hopefully : Sun Aug 21, 2022 10:44 pm  
WYSIWYG2 wrote:
I 'll start walking from Oldham down the M62! Should make the news. :) Better still Vancouver Leyther could start walking next week once he's returned home lol :)

I wish, I wish.
The only place I’ll be walking that day is to my chair in front of the tele, with a bacon barm in one hand and a breakfast beer in the other. But if the walk happens I’ll be cheering you all on.
It’s a great idea !
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Re: Million Pound game hopefully : Tue Aug 23, 2022 2:57 pm  
Good idea, DJ!

Septimius Severus wrote:
Perhaps they can start the walk from the Bus Depot. After all, "we are just a bus stop in Wigan".


Where to start indeed!?

People will be coming from all directions. Fantastic if “the columns meet” to borrow a line from Flotsam & Jetsam’s “Changing of the Guard” (1937) but very hard to choreograph and stage manage.

One idea Bongser has is to begin at the Hilton Park pub (seems appropriate as it is named for our last ground) - just over a mile from LSV and a good few pubs passed on the way. It is also at the exact border of Leigh and Atherton (within a few millimeters!) and has been since Leigh was made a borough in 1888.

The other is The Thomas Burke ‘spoons where Vanners, Charlie and yours truly met up on Sunday. Bear with Bongser here.

WYSIWYG2 wrote:
I 'll start walking from Oldham down the M62! Should make the news. :) Better still Vancouver Leyther could start walking next week once he's returned home lol :)


VL had never heard of Thomas Burke though he did spot that the statue near the entrance was of Pagliacci. As Ol’ Gramps Bongser was a big fan of “The Lancashire Caruso”, Bongser was able to fill Vanners in on a few details.

In 1909, Burke finished his shift down the pit and set out to walk the 42 miles to Blackpool in order to hear the great Enrico Caruso sing at The Winter Gardens. After the performance, he walked back again! (*)

Furthermore, Tom was “brung” up in poverty in Mather Lane to where in 1889, a year before his birth, Leigh Rugby Club (Union at that point of course) had relocated their “stadium”. Leigh stayed there until 1940 before moving to, what was later known as, Hilton Park.

Wherever it begins, there should be a brass band leading (sure they all know “The Entrance of the Gladiators” (Up the Comics), though “The Dambusters” would be more appropriate - or “Men of Harlech”}. Pause outside every pub to allow the solo cornet to play the reveille (spit, man, spit) and drag the Leythers from their pints - or bring their beer in plastic with them.76 trombones are unlikely to lead the big parade!

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Re: Million Pound game hopefully : Tue Aug 23, 2022 3:08 pm  
Whoops! Forgot the parenthesised asterisk.

Back in the day, there was a newsagent in Bolton, Bob Stott, that used to close up his shop on Friday evening and set off walking to Trotters’ games if they were reasonably close - such as away at Huddersfield!!!

In 1923, The Wanderers reached the FA Cup Final, the first at the new Empire Stadium, Wembley and later dubbed The White Horse final. A few days before, he’d left his shop in someone else’s hands and set off to clog the 212 miles to watch the match!

Surely (those with health issues exempted) we can manage a mile or two in comfy shoes to support Leigh on a momentous day.
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Re: Million Pound game hopefully : Tue Aug 23, 2022 6:45 pm  
“The Entrance of the Gladiators”, thanks Bongser, I never realised that was the name for this piece of music. I really miss the players coming out to this tune at Hilton Park - it is part of my childhood (I don't miss Hilton Park BTW).
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Re: Million Pound game hopefully : Tue Aug 23, 2022 8:07 pm  
Be rally good to do this I have suggest it to the club
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Re: Million Pound game hopefully : Wed Aug 31, 2022 2:19 pm  
Premier Sports will cover both semi finals on Sunday September 25 – now confirmed to be played at Leigh Sports Village at 2pm and the Millennium Stadium at Featherstone at 4pm.

They will then cover the Championship Grand Final on Sunday October 2 with a 6:30pm kick-off. It will be played at the home ground of the higher-ranked team.

One match from the first round of the play-offs will also be shown on Monday September 19. It means Premier Sports will have covered 35 fixtures in the first year of their two-year partnership with the RFL.
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