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The Written Word

They'll tell you it's dead, what with the internet and texting, but it really isn't. Well, it might be for those with the IQ of the average daffodil bulb, but not for the rest of us.

No, for the rest of us the written word is still the purest form of communication.

The Fanzine

They'll tell you the fanzine is dead too. It's not the presence it was, granted, but it's still very much alive and kicking. Some fanzines, the likes of "United We Stand" and Sunderland's "A Love Supreme" sell thousands of copies every single issue. Dead? Not by a long chalk.

The Mudhutter

Which is where, at least as far as Wigan Athletic is concerned, we come in.

Now in our 9th year, the MFE is the only Wigan Athletic fanzine available. In fact, most of the contributors have long been the only independent voices of the club, saying what others either won't or daren't.

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MFE Issue 49 -Things Can Only Get Better

MFE Issue 49 -Things Can Only Get Better

Okay, so things aren't looking quite as rosy as we'd hoped, in footballing terms. But have no fear, the MFE is here and it's as consistent as it's always been.

Make of that what you will. Anyway, order now for delivery sometime around the weekend. Or Tuesday the 20th. The digital version will be available on Saturday morning.

So what's in this issue?

We have all sorts of stuff, including an editorial that is the written version of kicking the stool away.

We have Les at Large (of course), more poetry from Moonay, Some more great stuff from Jonny Fairclough and Neill Rimmer's Perm, plus a couple of book previews. We're all highbrow these days.

We also have another interview with a Wigan Legend, John Kettle of Tansads and Merry Hell fame.

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MFE Issue 48 - The Start of Year Special

MFE Issue 48 - The Start of Year Special

Look, we know we're late, you don't need to tell us, but we've had stuff to do.

Anyway, here we are with a new season already underway, and it's looking almost as depressing as the first 6 months of last year. But we have faith at The Mudhutter, and we know that Uwe will put things right.

So what's in this issue?

We have Les Bagg's usual stuff, which includes a section on John Alder and Liam Sweeney, 2 Geordies who were killed when the Russians shot down the Malaysian Airlines jet over the Ukraine.

We even have a Mudhutter exclusive, an interview with The Duke himself, Nathan Ellington. You can see what he has to say about him leaving Latics, and the exact reasons he went to West Brom.

Plus, of course, all the usual guff and nonsense that we turn out year after year. We really do thank you for your loyalty.

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MFE Issue 47 - The End of Year Special

MFE Issue 47 - The End of Year Special

With our all new German style efficiency the latest issue of the Mudhutter hits the streets this weekend with 48 pages of carefully thought out prose and pictures from Wigan's finest selection of helmets.

A more pensive, reflective, provocative, expensive, selective, creative, primitive, vegetative pamphlet you could not wish to acquire if you are so that way inclined.In this issue we pay tribute to Jason Roberts and Britpop, talk Pies and Poetry, and reminisce over Wigan Casino, internet message boards and local history. We cast our eyes over the FA Cup semi final and preview the run in and just what that man Rosler has got in store. Looking back, looking forwards and taking stock of where we are.

48 pages as ever by the fans, for the fans. Every issue see the same old contributors in their twenties to their fifties augmented by new faces putting pen to paper to extol the virtues of Wigan, Wigan Athletic or indeed any topic of their choosing like a council estate version of Mastermind. Putting pen to paper, from the heart, for you the selective, intelligent minority of Wigan Athletic supporters who like to read and take in what someone has bothered to write rather than doing all the talking.

And with that I'll shut up. Apart from to say that you can buy both the printed and the new-fangled digital versions from the following links -

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MFE Issue 46 - The Long Trousers Special

MFE Issue 46 - The Long Trousers Special

Well, from almost nothing, here we are. An FA Cup semi-final, into the play-off positions, still profitable and a manager who wears long kecks. Good times, indeed, to be a Latics mon.

Following on from the Coyle debacle, who would've thought Uwe Rosler, a manager with a pedigree that could be called more "solid" than "spectacular" would be the one to lead us out of the Scottish wilderness? 8 wins on the trot, a run foiled only by a Yeovil team intent on getting another 3 players sent off, but helped by a referee who thought Jordi Gomez timing a tackle perfectly was worthy of the same punishment as James McArthur being hacked down from behind about 10 minutes after the ball had gone.

Not only that, we're playing football which is not only full of purpose, but isn't short on attractiveness either. I mean, we've finally got midfielders running from midfield, for goodness' sake.

But I digress.

All this, and much much more is in the MFE Issue 46. We have interviews with two former players as well as music legends of both the past and the future, the revitalisation of Jordi Gomez in the unlikely role of Latics Hero and tons of other stuff.

The Printed Edition can be bought from the shop on this very site, and the Digital Edition will be on sale from 10 o'clock on the morning of the match. If you are a subscriber to the Printed mag, you can log in and read all this season's issues for nowt. Mind you, Migs has proved spectacularly inept at getting that particular feature working properly, so if you've any problems, let us know and we'll see what we can do to fix it.

So the march towards Issue 50 continues at its usual leisurely pace. I know, us neither.

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MFE Issue 45 - The Wave Bye Bye Special

MFE Issue 45 - The Wave Bye Bye Special

So it came to pass that Owen Coyle lasted all of five and a half months, or two Mudhutters if you prefer. And we were looking forward to having some fun with the bell end too….ah well, the slightly delayed from Christmas Issue 45 is about to hit the streets. Weighing in at a 52 pages it’s fatter than Grant Holt and doesn’t go on about Carlisle or greyhounds all the time, although the subject matter is often just as irrelevant.

We’ve got two interviews with former Latics photographer Frank Orrell and Man City fan The Paris Angel and we’ve got European tales a plenty. We haul over the coals of the Coyle regime and several regulars give their views on 2013 and the state of play at Wigan Athletic as we head into (yet another) new era.

Aside from football we look at the other important things in life: pies, pubs, crap Christmas presents and Uncle Joe’s mintballs plus there’s all your usual features packed into it with all the frivolity of a match day mascot and none of the class.

Anyway, here’s the bit which I faithfully type out every time we have a fanzine on sale and every time a few days later someone will ask “where do you get yer fanzine from”

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MFE Issue 44 - The Europe Special

MFE Issue 44 - The Europe Special

We were hoping the Kazan lads would be out selling their fanzine pre-match last week. Would it be called “Rubin Rags” in a nod to self deprecation? Or maybe My Perfect Kazan given the cult following that The Undertones had in Eastern Europe and the love of their boys in Ruby? Or maybe Meat and Tatar, because they like a pie in the Republic of Tatarstan so I’m told.

Anyway, as it seems even a programme is hard to come by on European shores, though friendship scarves are two a penny, we have to return closer to home and we have 52 pages of goodness currently whizzing through a printing press and smelling all inky for your delectation.

Yes that’s right, fifty two pages for just two of our English quids for the latest issue of the Mudhutter – number 44 it is! Bagg tells us about Belgium, Tony Topping has been up in his loft (oo-er missus) rummaging through old programmes, Jonny Fairclough tackles the latest additions to the Wiggin dialect and there’s also the small matter of a lengthy interview with Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson.

Plus there’s all the regular features you’d expect and plenty food for thought and commentary about the season so far, a mix of the serious and silly, written from the heart by people who could be bothered to do so. You can warm their cockles even further by investing two of your hard earned pounds in this earthy product.

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MFE Issue 43

MFE Issue 43

Well, here we are, a new season, a new manager and almost a new team. It will probably come as no surprise that the 2013-14 Mudhutter eschews all that nonsense, and carries on with the old traditions of profanity and half-arsedness that has got us this far.

Having said that, the first issue after the departure of Bob was always going to be interesting, and so it proves to be. In fact, it's probably our best issue for a while, given that our talented team of writers had so much material to work with.

If you didn't manage to get your copy at the Middlesbrough game, you can buy the magazine in both printed and digital format on this very site -

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MFE 2013-14 Subscriptions

MFE 2013-14 Subscriptions

New and Improved!

It's not really new and improved but I have to put that in the vain hope that all the kiddies reading Newsnow might click on it instead of flicking past to read the 18th bollocks story of the day that the Geordie press are fabricating about James McCarthy leaving for a cut price deal of three clippercards and a Pizza Express two for one voucher.

We are back though and currently putting together our first issue of the season in readiness for the second home game of the season on Saturday 24th August 2013

Every issue sees new writers putting pen to paper to Mudhutter on any subject of their choice and all views are welcome from anyone who cherishes Wigan Athletic or any other subject dearly enough to make the effort.

The printed word is undergoing a rebirth right now with new football fanzines emerging from Barnsley to Motherwell and we are proud to be part of that movement. We are fortunate enough to have over 50 postal subscribers to Mudhutter from Melbourne to San Francisco to Beech Hill and are now offering up our season long subscriptions for 2013/14.

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MFE Issue 42

MFE Issue 42

The REAL Wembley Special!

When we at the Mudhutter knew we were off to Wembley for the FA Cup Final, we also knew we were scheduled to bring out the final issue of the season just 8 days later, but we decided we couldn’t let the occasion pass without comment.

Most  of  this  issue  was  written  before  the  final  was  played,  but a  few pages  were  kept  back  so  that  we  could  include  a  couple  of  articles  which  lamented or celebrated - we didn’t know, and we didn’t care, which - our first ever appearance in the final.

We also present a poem by Manchester writer and poet Mike Garry, which reminds us that football - even the FA Cup Final - is about more than just football.

For an hour or two, relive the emotions we all felt at about ten past seven on the evening of Saturday May the 11th 2013. For the next 12 months, revel in the knowledge that,  when  people  say  the  words  “Wigan  Athletic”,  they  can  add  “current  FA  Cup Holders” on the end of it. For the rest of your life, live with the certainty that you know where you were on one cold, rain soaked, magnificent evening.

It’s our club, it’s our town, and it’s our FA Cup.

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MFE Issue 41

MFE Issue 41

Yes, it's the Wembley Special*

Everything from the dreams that 70s comics bring, to Lionel Messi, to being mithered by a younger brother to take him to watch Latics.

Available in the shop, both in print (for now) and digital formats.

 

 

 

*By "Wembley Special", we actually mean it includes some hasty re-writes of previously not quite so upbeat articles

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MFE Issue 40

MFE Issue 40

It's the tough January edition.

Did we really used to do nine or ten fanzines a season and stand out once a month in December, January and February through wind, hail, rain and snow freezing our collective knackers off? Apparently so....

What does Issue 40 bring us? Well, more of the same gibberish you should be more than familiar with by now. Wigan Athletic based comment and review, Wigan life, European football, Nostalgia, Pies, Chippies. features of Left Wingers and Lee McCulloch and features on scary Wigan characters of your childhood and Ronnie Scott, plus all the regular columns. 48 pages of independent, from the heart writing for just £2.

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MFE Digital Launch

MFE Digital Launch

Yep, we've finally made it into the 21st Century. Well, almost. We've got one foot in the door, at least.

The MFE Issue 39 will be available for purchase in encrypted PDF format from Sunday 25th November 2012. Although it's optimised for iPad, you can now read the MFE on any device that can display a PDF, meaning you can take us with you everywhere you go.

We'd like to say there's a launch offer, but we'd be lying. We are pricing it lower than the printed version, though, so stop moaning.

We will also be making back issues available as soon as we get the time. Yep, even the sold out ones.

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