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”
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.
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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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.
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.Read more
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 articlesRead more
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.
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.Read more
Issue 38 of the Mudhutter Football Express is now on sale!
You can buy it from any of our usual retail partners, or directly from us here at The Mudhutter.
All the usual stuff is in there including Les at Large, Orrible's Fives and probably one of the best Will Philk columns ever.
It's incredible to think that we've made it to 38 issues. Most fanzines don't make it half as far and, if you take into account the previous incarnation of the mag, it's been a long and interesting road...Read more