As we go to print, we lie 2nd in the table and, by the time Saturday at 5 o’clock comes, we might well be top.

That fact has probably contributed to the rather confused feelings of our writers in this issue, who don’t seem to know whether we’re a decent team or whether everybody else is awful.

After we’d gone to print, we were saddened to learn of the death of Ian McNeill, the manager who brought us into the Football League in 1978, at the age of 85. Without him, our years in the Premier League, and our FA Cup win in 2013 might well never have happened. Our sincere condolences go to Ian’s family and friends, and we truly have lost a club legend.

It’s somewhat appropriate that Ian was born in the year Wigan Athletic Football Club was founded. RIP.

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