Wigan Athletic F.C.

Wigan Athletic F.C. ~ Crab Laticakes

Introduction: The club’s nickname, “Latics” is a contraction of the word “Athletic” in some strange dialect.

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Make these up before you go to the match and stick them in the fridge to firm up.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Chilling time; The longer the better

Cooking time: 10 mins

Home kit: large mixing bowl, large non-stick frying pan

Away kit: 4 plates, knives and forks

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 250g (9oz) white crab meat
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • A thumb of fresh ginger, grated
  • 4tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200g (7oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 3tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4tbsp mayonnaise (full fat not that light rubbish)
  • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lime, plus lime wedges to serve
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method: Preheat the oven to 100oC

First half

Mix the crab, spring onions, ginger, chives, chilli, eggs and breadcrumbs together in the bowl. Season and form into 16 round patties.

Second half

Heat the oil in the frying pan. Fry the crab cakes for 3 mins each side so they turn crispy and golden – if you do this in batches they turn crispy quicker as there is not so much steam in the pan.

Full time results

Mix together the mayonnaise, lime zest and juice. Season well and serve with the crab cakes, lime wedges and a crisp green salad if you must or stick them in come crusty bread rolls.

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Wigan Athletic F.C. ~ Jewell Ruby Murray

Introduction: Paul Jewell (born 28 September 1964) is a former English footballer and manager.

In June 2001, Jewell returned to Wigan Athletic as manager, he had played for them making 137 league appearances and scoring 35 goals. In the 2002–03 season the club won the Division Two championship. They were near the top of Division One throughout the 2003–04 and then on the final day of the 2004–05 Championship season, Jewell’s Athletic side clinched promotion to the Premiership bringing top flight football to the Lancashire town for the first time.

On the final day of the 2006–07 season, Jewell steered Wigan safe from relegation after a win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on 13 May 2007. A day later, Jewell resigned as Wigan manager. Shame.

My grandfather used to put dried prawns in with his beef dishes but I have only just found a supplier for them so I have never tried them.

Preparation time: 20mins

Cooking time: 2 hours

Home kit: large shallow casserole, medium bowl and a pestle and mortar.

Away kit: 4 plates, 4 spoons (curry should be eaten with a spoon)

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. stewing beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • A thumb of ginger
  • ½ a bulb of garlic
  • ¾ pint of water
  • 10 tablespoons (160 ml) vegetable oil
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 whole black pepper corns
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 5 tsp. bright red paprika
  • 2 tsp. hot chilli powder
  • A generous pinch of salt (for grinding)
  • 2 tbsp. tomato puree
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method: Preheat the oven to 180oC

First half

Put the coriander and cumin seeds into the pestle and mortar with the pinch of salt and do a little grind.

Heat the oil in the casserole over a medium flame. Brown the meat in batches and set aside in the bowl. Do a little grind…

Add the cardamom, bay leaves, pepper corns and cinnamon into the same oil. Stir once. After a few seconds tip in the onion, fry them until golden brown and caramelized. This is important to the taste and will take about 5 mins. Do a little grind…

Now add the ginger and garlic and fry for a further 30 seconds. Add the newly ground coriander and cumin along with the paprika and chilli. Roast these in the oil for a further 30 seconds. Now return the meat and scooch it about in the spices carefully coating each piece.

Second half

The spices will have stuck a bit at this point so pour in the water (careful it will sizzle) and use a wooden spoon to sloosh them off the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato puree and mix that in too. Bring to the boil and stick the casserole in the oven and leave to fester for 2 hours.

Full time results

Serve with pure white boiled basmati rice to contrast with the deep red of the gravy.

N.B. If you turn down the oven temp to 170oC you can leave this in the oven for an entire visit to your local stadium and it’ll be none the worse for wear.  Though you might need someone else to prepare the rice for you.

Wigan Athletic F.C. ~ Wigan wheels

Introduction: Wigan Athletic Football Club is an English professional football club based in Wigan, Greater Manchester (who knew?), they now compete in the Football League Championship, the second tier of English football. Founded in 1932, the club is the most recently formed club in the division.

Wigan Athletic badge used since 2008

Do they still make Wagon Wheels?

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Home kit: microwave, two small microwave proof mixing bowls (not metal) and a wire cake rack.

Away kit: Serving plate

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 200g bag of pink and white marshmallows
  • 60g chocolate drops
  • 20 rich tea biscuits
  • 150g milk chocolate

Method

First half

Divide the marshmallows roughly in half. Chop one half into small chunks, and gently heat the other half in the microwave on low power (defrost works) until melted. Leave to cool a bit and then add the chopped up ones and the chocolate drops, mix together into a goo. Use said goo to stick the rich tea biscuits together, spread the filling right to the edges.

Second half

Gently melt the milk chocolate, again in the microwave using short bursts and stirring in between. Pour the melted chocolate over the biscuit sandwiches and leave to set on the wire rack with foil underneath to catch the drips.

Full time results

Serve with a nice cup of tea