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8 August 2014

All you need to know ahead of Wigan

Wigan v Reading
Saturday 9th August 2014, kick-off 3pm

Team News
Reading: Danny Williams and Garath McCleary are continuing to recover from operations that will rule them out for the opening weeks of the season. Hal Robson-Kanu and Stephen Kelly are also in the treatment room, whilst Danny Guthrie returned to full training this week - though manager Nigel Adkins indicated he is some way short of match fitness. Club captain Jem Karacan continues his rehabilitation, though will travel to the DW Stadium to support his teammates. New signing Simon Cox could feature, though Jamie Mackie will miss out with a slight hamstring injury.

Wigan: Manchester City’s Wales international midfielder Emyr Huws has joined the Latics on loan and should be available. Ben Watson and Chris McCann continue to recover from long term injuries but are unlikely be fit in time to face the Royals.

Tickets for this game will be on general sale from Madejski Stadium until 12pm on Friday 8th August 2014. To book call 0118 968 1313, visit or pop into the ticket office in person. They will then be available on the day at Wigan at no extra cost.

Adult - £20
Over 65s - £15
Under 16s - £5

Parking - Available at DW Stadium 
Cars - £5
Mini Buses - £10
Coaches - £20

Wigan: Ins and Outs
Players In: Andrew Taylor (Cardiff Free), Aaron Sinclair (Partick Free), James Tavernier (Newcastle Signed), Oriol Riera (Osasuna Signed), Don Cowie (Cardiff Free)
Players Out: Jordi Gomez (Sunderland Free), Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Free), Adam Buxton (Accrington Free), Stephen Crainey (Fleetwood Free)

Pre-match talk
Royals boss Nigel Adkins: "They will go into the game being favourites as the home team, they were excellent when we played them last season. The amount of players they’ve got to select from is phenomenal but we go up there full of confidence. It could well be the case that eleven players from our 18 will be from our Academy - we’ve got a real spirit amongst ourselves. We’ve got to make sure it’s a big challenge for Wigan."

Latics Pre Season

Travel (Courtesy of
By Car:
Leave the M6 to Junction 25 then take the A49 to Wigan. After around two and a half  miles you should pass a junction on your left with the A577 and then approach a large roundabout, that has a McDonalds on the right hand side. Continue straight on but keep in the left lane and then at the lights (with the SCS Sofa and Bed store in front) take the left hand filter lane by the large Asda superstore towards Robin Park. Currently there is a new housing development on the left which has some handy street parking. Otherwise continue straight on passing the Red Robin pub on your right. At the next roundabout go straight across and at the next traffic lights turn right into stadium way for the ground and car parks.

By Train: Wigan's central railway stations (Wigan North Western & Wallgate stations) are a good 20 minute walk from the ground. So either take a taxi, or break up the journey with a few pub stops on the way! On exiting Wigan North Railway Station turn left and go down the road heading under a railway bridge. On leaving Wallgate station turn right and go down the road passing Wigan North station on your left and then proceed under the railway bridge. It is a fairly straight walk along Robin Park Road passing the Jacobs Well Pub (at Wigan Pier) on your left, which is okay for away supporters. When you reach the Seven Stars hotel, you should be able to see the stadium over on your right. Either at the Seven Stars Hotel turn right and follow the locals on a shortcut along a canal to the stadium, or take the next road on the right.

Away Supporters Guide
A full guide for away supporters travelling to the DW Stadium can be found here.

Live Commentary
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