Wigan Chairman Ian Lenagan, has paid tribute to the thousands of Warriors fans who are set to paint Wembley Cherry-and-White when Rugby League’s best supported club play Leeds Rhinos in the 2011 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final.
Over 20,000 Wigan supporters have already purchased tickets for the club’s first match at the National Stadium since 1998 and Lenagan believes their presence will be appreciated by all the Warriors players.
“The response from the Wigan public since we booked our place at Wembley has been simply wonderful and I cannot praise our fans enough” said Lenagan.
“Everyone knows that Wembley used to be our second home and I’m sure it’s going to feel that way next week when seemingly the whole of Wigan decamps en masse for the final.
“It’s been a long time since our last appearance at Wembley but time has done nothing to dilute our desire to win the Cup at one of the world’s most famous venues.
“Our fans have been magnificent all year and I know they’re all looking forward to a fantastic day at Wembley where Michael Maguire and the players will be looking to add the Carnegie Challenge Cup to the Engage Super League trophy we already hold.
“However, I should point out that no-one here is taking anything for granted and, though Wigan start as favourites, we will have utmost respect for Leeds who will be very familiar with Wembley after their appearance in last year’s Final.
“That’s why we want as many Wigan fans as possible to get behind the club on Saturday week because their presence can help us achieve our ambition of bringing the Challenge Cup home.”
Wigan have a few hundred tickets in the £21, £26 and £31 price bracket available for sale and fans are urged to move quickly to book their seat at the historic showpiece final at Wembley on Saturday August 27.