Football League 1
You know it's a bank holiday when on what would be a usual work day being in the office, factory, or in my case, the classroom, you find yourself sat in a football stadium watching your team playing a crucial fixture in the run-in to the end of the season.
Wigan Athletic have had a major fall from grace over the last several seasons, were despite punching above their weight for the longest time in the Premier League, always managing to escape the drop, they finally slipped out whilst grasping their very first major trophy, the F.A cup in their hands.
Expectations from the staff, players, fans and media was to return swiftly back to the top flight but their start to the Championship under Owen Coyle wasn't the best and a difference with the Board resulted in him resigning.
Trying to salvage promotion hopes using the play-offs, Uwe Rosler managed them to within points and places of a play off spot but ultimately fell short. His first full season in charge again, meant that Wigan had expectations to leave the division and everybody expected a top 6 finish.
The squad unable to gel and create a consistent run of results ended Uwe Rosler's time in charge. If Wigan Athletic and football fans thought the wheels had come off at this point, the worse was still to come and not just on the pitch.
Wigan Athletic turned to the most controversal appointment available in the form of disgraced Malky Mackay, who had recently been sacked by Cardiff City for racist comments and views.
Dave Whelan in an off the cuff comment to a reporter, revealed his prehistoric thoughts about cultures which at one time, may have been ignorantly accepted but now, comdemned. Whelan felt it was time to go and with no improvement on the pitch under Mackay, Malky was sacked and 'DW' stepped down as Chairman just before Wigan exited the division at the wrong end of the table.
In 2016 meanwhile, Wigan find themselves back to where they where 13 years ago, in the third tier of English football and led by a new chairman, DW's 24-year old grandson David Sharpe. He made the shrewed decision to appoint club captain, Gary Caldwell as his new manager and with a combined age of 56 are taking League 1 by storm (expectedly!) and it's exciting to see where they both could end up taking the Latics with the momentum they've created.
The game itself was evenly poised to begin with, with Rochdale riding the pressure and at times, luck to stay in the game. The defense and Goalkeeper closed everything down whilst the midfield and attack counter breaked and pressured when the chance was there. Rochdale were doing fine until Ian Henderson, returning to the starting 11 off the back of a red card at Oldham, was viciously tackled from behind and kicked out in retaliation. With the intervention from the fourth official, Hendo was given a straight red and Jason Pearce was given a yellow. In Pearce's post match interview he claimed his tackle wasn't even a yellow....just GBH then!
Being 1-0 down with 10 men the worse we could do now was lose so Keith Hill rightly put Grant Holt, Peter Vincenti and Joe Bunney on to have a go, and had luck been with Rochdale, they could have scored one of the many chances they created afterwards.
Wigan were fortunate to get a 1-0 win against 10 men because they should have smashed Rochdale after that and they didn't. Should they go up to the Championship they will need to perform a lot better than they did against lowly, unfashionable Rochdale. Even Bristol City would walked League 1 last year are struggling to adapt.
From a Dale perspective the performance by the players was incredible and it was no disgrace to lose under the circumstances but it does make reaching the play-offs that much harder now.