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MFE Issue 73


This is my world. That’s what the lovely gentleman in the middle of our cover seems to be saying, who as many of you will know, has sadly passed away recently.

This is our world. This is our football club. This is our fanzine. And of course, there is a melancholy touch to this latest issue of the Mudhutter, with so many notable Latics soldiers passing away over the summer, but we are also upbeat about the new season, somehow. Perhaps stuff like this puts football into perspective maybe?

So what have we got for you? We’ve got 48 packed, pages of Latics, football, music, cricket and other random stuff. We discuss our current plight, say goodbye to players’ past, run the rule over VAR and there’s a surreal tale about a Latics fan abroad. We talk holidays and lots of stuff about Leeds, including a review of the walk. Plus all the usual features and cartoons from the usual battle weary suspects.

Issue 73 is still TWO QUID and available NOW from all the usual stockists. You can also catch your ever so friendly sellers parading their wares before the Barnsley game on Saturday.

If you want to buy a printed or digital copy, then wander on over to the shop.

Alternatively, we are still offering seasonal subscriptions whereby you can get the next 5 issues delivered to your door or inbox from now till next May. We have had an unprecedented take up in subs, with over 85 people supporting us from the outset and there’s still just about time to join them.

It’s really easy to add the subscription to your basket. It’s £7 for a digital subscription or £10 for printed version, with free postage and packaging (which is probably worth more than the magazine, what with the price of stamps these days tbh)

However you choose to buy our humble little product, can we just give out our eternal thanks to you all for your continued support and with that it’s time to get to the Post Office, and annoy the lengthy queue behind me once more

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There’s a lot written about whether fanzines are on the rise or decline. Certainly sales are falling as are the number of different fanzines but there is still a core that are remarkably resilient.

And that resilience comes from the people who buy it as much as the people who give up their time to produce it. Which is where you come in. Last year, we had over 60 print and digital subscribers. We’d love to have the same again this year.

The bottom line is that by you paying us up front for the whole season, it makes us accountable. We can’t get lazy or do a runner with your money. Oh hang on, yes we can! Note to Migs: why don’t we just do a runner with the money? Er and delete that bit before we put the story up.

Ahem, seriously. We enjoy doing what we do and knowing that you support us, whether you are a subscriber or you buy one off us at the match or in the pubs and shops, keeps us going. Without you, we are nothing. Or at least, we are a bunch of pointless fools churning out nonsense on paper purely to satisfy our own massive egos.

Anyway, enough preamble. This season’s subscription deal is now online HERE. It is the same deal as last year: £10 for five copies with free postage and packaging, which to be brutally honest, nearly costs as much as the fanzine these days if we hit 48 pages, so you’re getting a good old deal. Albeit, you might receive it a day later if we miss the Friday post. But at least it is pristine and hasn’t been folded up in your jeans pocket. Swings and roundabouts really. I’m not selling it very well am I?

But then, why should we? We’re just offering more of the same as we have done for the past fifteen years. If you know what you are getting and you want more of it, then your subscription renewal will be gleefully received and recorded on our spreadsheet. It’s £10 for five issues delivered to your door or £7 for a digital version delivered to your inbox.

So come with us once more as we spend the next nine months telling people it’s not the programme once more…….

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MFE Issue 72


Welcome to the last Mudhutter of the season. 44 pages of beautiful, heartfelt content about this and that. Let’s get things out of the way first: the football may have taken a turn for the better (though that may have changed again by the time you read this) but the sentiment remains. We’ll all be their next season right?

We certainly will. It is quite the eclectic mix this issue, but then who wants to read 44 pages of moaning about what was quite a dismal season up until a week ago. So instead we bring you an interview with a former Liverpool keeper with Latics links, more on walking football, great transit van tales from days gone by with Bagg, how to buy a pet and a look at Gil Heron, Celtic’s first black footballer. Plus loads of the usual nonsense from the usual contributors.

We will be selling on the bridge today (Monday 22nd April) at the Preston game and it will be in the shops and in the post over the following couple of days. I’ve had a bit of other stuff to do, to be honest.

Anyway, here is the cover and if you want to buy online, here’s where you can do it

Ah yes, the cover, mixed reviews that one, as you can imagine.

At this point, can I say on behalf of everyone, thanks massively for your support this season, and we’ll see you in August.

MFE Issue 71


New issue, same old issues

Well, to be honest, there is a mood of tentative optimism in Issue 71 of the MFE. We give a cautious review of the new owners’ work to date, whilst mourning the loss of Will Grigg and extol Reece James to the highest virtue. There’s a piece on walking football, the travels of The Alfie Lund Fund, World Cup commentators of years gone by and collecting elusive programmes. Plus there’s more offbeat stuff about musical genres, Blue Coats school and rubbish graffiti (now there’s a surprise!) and the possible motives behind doing such a thing.

It’s priced at just two quid as usual and you can pick up one before the game tomorrow, on the bridge or outside Rigalettos. It will also be on sale in all the usual stockists by kick off time.

Want to buy it online? Then get yourself a pristine copy delivered to your door, clad head to toe in PVC.

Thanks once again to everyone who helped to make it happen and buys a copy to help fund this nonsense. As Brit winner Pink might say, “you guys rocccckkkkkk!” As Jimmy from Wigan, would say “tha’s belting”

MFE 70


Seasonal scribblings from all at the Mudhutter!

Mudhutter issue 70 is out this weekend, and it’s a marginally festive plethora of home grown independent writing and stuff. Weighing in at a meaty 48 pages for just two quid, we’ve got plenty of new and regular articles and features for you to read when you’re tucked up early in bed on cold winter’s evenings. We take a look at the outgoing Whelan era and the new IEC takeover.

There’s Christmas and Formula One (No! Come back!!) and we’ve got the inside scoop for the new plans for Sharpy’s chippy. There’s plenty of festive fun and ruminations of worst ever away games, plus in order to do our bit for Diversity & Equality, we’ve actually had a girl write an article for us! I know! What would Malky think?

Anyway, you’re either buying it or not and you must know where you can buy it from by now, right? [Copies and pastes last month’s]

That posh Waterstones in town

The fantastic boozer that is Wigan Central

Sparks Newsagent, vendor of fags, mags, scratchcards and perilously close to Galloways on Wallgate

Purveyor of 9% lovely loony juice, the Northern Beer Temple

Mesnes Road Newsagent, which is somewhere on Mesnes Road if you look closely between the 89 new wine bars

The top Latics boozer that is the Brickmakers

You can also buy it off our sellers before the game on Saturday on the bridge or opposite Rigalettos. Why not try and work out who’s missing because they didn’t fancy the cold weather? Or indeed who is hiding in the Supporters Club on the loose premise of “selling”? (again)

It’s also available to buy online in The Shop or at M60 Football Programmes, who have a host of other Latics and football related stuff

MFE Issue 69


Yes, we are back with another dose of comedy, nostalgia, football comment and all the other rubbish, Wigan Athletic and otherwise, filling our time writing inane gibberish until we can crack open the Quality Street tin and have a mince pie.

There’s lots of stuff about the takeover, the infamous red button and an appreciation of Paul Cook. Plus, there’s a walk down Springfield Road, a review of the Walk4Joseph walk and a preview of what’s next, golf (no, come back). Further afield, we look at the somewhat diverse footballing mix of Hadjuk Split, Chester FC and Fiorentina plus there’s all your favourite features from all our regular contributors. Yes, including THAT one.

We’ll be selling on the bridge and opposite Rigalettos before the West Brom game on Saturday and it will be in all the usual stockists: Sparks Newsagents, Waterstones, Wigan Central, The Brickmakers Arms, Mesnes Road News and the Northern Beer Temple.

Or you can order online now

Or to get Mudhutter for a full season, including the last issue, it is still not too late to subscribe

Oh, and as a special treat, you can now get 25 past issues for just a tenner, delivered right to your door!

With many thanks to our valued readers, customers and all those folk who don’t buy it but still demand a free nod off us as they walk past.

MFE 68


We’re back!

In this issue of the Mudhutter, we look at a great many things indeed. Mainly, though, we look at why some our fans are basically just massive moaners.

We can only assume they enjoy it, but who really knows?

You can see what else our wonderful team of contributors have got to say for themselves by buying the mag in print or digital format. Want to know how?

It’s simple, just go to the shop

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Forget freezing to death waiting for one of our sellers to count your change. Forget missing out altogether if you’re a bit late to the game/shop. And forget missing out simply because you live somewhere else. The smart way to get every issue of the Mudhutter is to subscribe. You can either subscribe to our digital edition, which comes in glorious full colour and easy to read PDF format, or you can subscribe to the printed edition and feel the glory of the real thing between your fingers. Either way, you will get umpteen pages of recycled old gubbins 5 or 6 times a year from people who are really just repackaging the same stuff every 6 or 8 weeks. Subscribe, and we’ll think you’re lovely. Printed subs are £10, and digital are just £7 Get in the the Mudhutter Shop

MFE 67 – The The Blues Are Going Up One


Here at Mudhutter, we’ve just about sobered up to produce the goods again and we’re hoping the lads on the pitch can do the same for the last two games. And with that, we are proud to announce that our latest edition is hitting the streets this weekend *sound of boxes thudding on the floor*.

In this issue, we take a more in-depth look at the possible ramifications of a takeover and whether it will actually happen. Plus we questions the merits of a loyalty scheme and get all X Factor over our terrace chants. Les Bagg is on fine form, bringing us right up to date with current games and there’s a look at just what makes Wigan Athletic so unique.

Elsewhere, there’s a not so glowing review of going fishing, dangerous theme parks and some ace cartoons, plus all the usual regular features. Well, most of them. We’ve got 40 pages of love, lingering and laughter to bring to you priced, as ever, at just £2.00.

We will be selling at the game tomorrow in the usual spots and it will also be plonked in our stockists later today including Waterstones, Sparks, Mesnes Road News, Wigan Central, The Brickmakers, Northern Beer Temple and probably one or two other places I’ve forgotten already.

Alternatively, you can buy a copy online here

Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who has bought or contributed to the Mudhutter again this season and we’ll see you in August!

MFE 66 – The Have The Wheels Come Off One


Mudhutter issue 66 hits the streets this weekend, and with it being Issue 66 and 666 being the sign of the devil, we work ourselves up into a fume over 66 people who have crossed us and the fine establishment that is Wigan Athletic Football Club.

We uncover the real reasons why Nick Powell stayed, what happened when the World Cup disappeared, the relegation hangover effect and we take a cautious look at our new owners. Plus there’s the obvious articles you’d usually find on topics such as canal barges, fighting the Vietcong and getting drunk on trains. And all your regulars: Bagg, Tat, Topping, Livesey, Talking Sport in your all new 44 page Mudhutter.

On sale here or from all your usual stockists and we’ll be selling before the City cup game and also Rochdale at home.

MFE 65 – The Let’s Hope We Don’t Blow It One


Last time we were 2nd, at the time this issue hits the streets, we’re top of League 1.

We’re also (just) still in the FA Cup, with a replay against AFC Fylde to come and a trip to Bournemouth in the next round if we manage to finally put our close(ish) neighbours  away.

Whatever happens, we hope you all have a nice Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year.

Oh, and you can buy the mag in printed or full colour digital format 


MFE 64 – The It’s All Going Too Well One


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.

You can buy the mag here.

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