An anonymous donation worth £5,000 has been made to Wigan Athletic’s “Save our club” campaign and the speculations are rife that Jermain Defoe is the mystery donor.
Wigan Athletic has been going through a particularly horrendous period of their history and would be seen playing in League One, the third tier of English club football after losing an appeal against a 12-point deduction for going into administration. As a result, fans of the club have started a page to receive funding for a “Save our club campaign.”
And it was on this page that a cryptic donation worth £5,000 has been made from an anonymous source.
The least Defoe could do
It all started with a cheeky tweet from user @Elbalson, asking Defoe to donate £5,000 as a form of compensation for his 5 goal juggernaut in Tottenham’s 9-1 victory over Wigan.
The ex Tottenham star had run riot in that match scoring 5 goals and assisting another two as Wigan were humiliated by Spurs. And @Elbalson had asked him to donate a 1000 pounds for each goal that he scored.
Can I be cheeky as fuck and ask you to throw £5000 in here, 1 for each of those 5 goals you scored against Latics in the 9-1 defeat at Tottenham?
I think it's the least you could do mate. 😉https://t.co/ZDd7sYbhWN
Thanks in advance. x
— ELBALSON (@elbalson) August 28, 2020
And now that Wigan are in the direst of states, he has reportedly come forward to help them.
While the donation has been made anonymously, the amount as well the timing of the donation point clearly to Jermain Defoe being the mysterious saviour.
Fans of the club have come forward to thank Defoe for his heart-touching gesture from around the world.
— ELBALSON (@elbalson) August 28, 2020
The guy is a class act. The way he took Bradley Lowery to his heart and he gave the poor lad the best ending he could have wished for. This gesture doesn't surprise me.
— Peter Tomlinson (@flatcap1) August 28, 2020
@IAmJermainDefoe is the classiest guy of my time and up most respect for the man such a role model to all young footballers. Where it might be making a small childs dreams become reality or giving money to save another club. 👍🏼
— scott1967 (@S4S151105) August 28, 2020
After Defoe’s act, the fans have taken the cue to tag different footballers, to donate to the cause of the club in these times and the tweets mentioning players like Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Kyle Walker are being tweeted in large numbers.
— matt (@the_wigan_kebab) August 28, 2020
— Darren Whyman (@whyman_darren) August 28, 2020
— Bobby Tilbury (@BobbyBlue89) August 28, 2020
— mark 🇸🇱 (@marksparko) August 28, 2020
Wigan Athletic Supporters Club launched the ‘Save Our Club’ campaign on Wednesday with the hope of raising £500,000, either to part-own the club or act as a safety net in case a buyer doesn’t emerge. By this evening, it was nearing at £230,000. It can be reached here.
Wigan Athletic-The hope, the future, and the worries
The Wigan administration is confident of a buyer emerging pretty soon with at least four serious bidders in the queue. Club’s co-administrator, Gerald Krasner, has said that the coming offers are not far from the estimated £4 million, needed to complete a takeover and pay off all debts and that a deal could be on the table as soon as next week.
“Their offers are not so far away we can’t do a deal,” he said. “They’re doing their due diligence and one says he wants to move to a contract (stage) after the bank holiday. I’ve got what I call the front-runners. I’ve got two different groups of Americans and I’ve got two UK bidders.”
The entire story of Wigan Athletic, who were once a force to reckon with in EPL, highlights just how brutal the “the beautiful game” can be. And the entire episode also sheds light on how big of a monetary gap exists between different flights of English football.
While the biggies of EPL have a plethora of sponsors and finances, the situation at lower levels remains worrisome.