Friday 11 May 2018 will mark the fifth anniversary of the day Wigan Athletic defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup final to produce one of the great victories in modern times – and to mark the occasion, Ashton Town Football Club is to host a match between Latics Legends and Manchester City Legends to raise funds for Joseph’s Goal on Saturday 12 May, kicking off at 3.00pm.
On Friday 11 May, however, many of those involved in that memorable Wembley victory will be attending Kilhey Court in Standish, for a fundraising evening ahead of the match. The Latics’ managerial team of Roberto Martínez, Graeme Jones and Graham Barrow will be joined by former players Emmerson Boyce, Gary Caldwell and Paul Scharner. Also in attendance will be Wigan favourite Isidro Diaz and Manchester City legend Georgi Kinkladze, alongside the man who helped form Oasis – Paul ‘Bigun’ Ashbee.
Joseph’s Goal is a charity established to raise funds for Joseph Kendrick. Joseph is eight-years-old and has Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH), a life-limiting disorder. Joseph’s Goal is to find a cure and the charity has been set up to aid this endeavour. Joseph was Wigan Athletic’s lucky mascot at the 2013 FA Cup Final and was carried onto the pitch by Emmerson Boyce. The rest, as they say, is history.
Tickets for the charity match are on sale now and can be purchased here
Gordon Johnson, Liverpool County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, said: “Yet again, Ashton Town and club chairman, Mark Hayes, have excelled themselves in organising another fantastic charity fundraising event for Joseph’s Goal.
“The match will give Wigan Athletic, Manchester City and football supporters in general the opportunity to meet with some of the players that have worn their club’s respective colours, whilst raising funds for a very worthy cause.”
The confirmed teams for the charity match are as follows:
Emmerson Boyce (c)
Georgi Kinkladze (c)
Paul 'Bigun' Ashbee
For more information on Joseph’s Goal, please visit www.josephsgoal.org