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'Girlfriend in labour' announcement at Wigan game may have been a prank

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A Tannoy announcement telling a football fan at Wigan's DW Stadium his girlfriend had gone into labour may have been a prank.

Officials at Wigan Athletic FC say they are now looking into whether the announcement at Saturday's game against Colchester United was a hoax.

It was during the League One match at Wigan's ground that an announcement was made telling a Daniel Cunliffe that his girlfriend was about to give birth.

Following the announcement, spectators from the stands began chanting, "time to go".

A spokesman for the League One side said the stadium had received a call during the match asking to get the message to Mr Cunliffe but they have since said that they are looking into whether it could have been a joke.

The spokesman said:

"It was called up to our stadium announcer, asking can we get the message to him. It said 'Can Daniel Cunliffe please make yourself known, your girlfriend has gone into labour'. The crowd started singing 'cheerio'."

– Wigan Athletic spokesman

Wigan Athletic had tweeted from the ground: "An announcement for one of our fans over the tannoy.. whose girlfriend has just gone into labour! Time to go is the chant from ES2 #wafc"


Gary Caldwell: I am 'honoured and excited' to be manager

Speaking today after being appointed Wigan manager, Gary Caldwell said:

“I’ve made no secret of the fact that I wanted to move into management when the time was right”

“I didn’t expect that to come along as quickly as this but, in football, you need to take opportunities when they arise and I am honoured and excited in equal measures to take charge at the Latics, where I have shared such incredible memories over the past five years.

“We are in a really tough place at the moment, but we will approach the next five games with only one thing in mind, to win. After that, we will assess where we are and move on.”


Caldwell to be officially unveiled as Wigan manager tomorrow

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Wigan Athletic have appointed 32 year-old club captain Gary Caldwell as manager.

The club say he will be formally unveiled to the media tomorrow morning, where it will also be confirmed that Graham Barrow will continue as Assistant Manager.

Caldwell wore the armband for the majority of the matches he played for the club between 2010 and 2014, before a hip injury this season left him on the sidelines.

Chairman, David Sharpe, said:

"Gary knows the club and the football philosophy we expect at Wigan Athletic"

Alan Stubbs: I've not been approached by Wigan

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs, who is said to be among the front-runners for the manager's job at Wigan Athletic, says he hasn't been in touch with the club about the position.

Malky Mackay was sacked after just months in the role on Monday.

Alan Stubbs, who is from Merseyside, told ITV News he thought rumours could have been sparked by the fact that his son is playing for Wigan. He joked: "Maybe I need to get him playing for Real Madrid then, eh?!"

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