Wigan Athletic's goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi hoping Bolton Wanderers reunion will be walk in park

The Bolton News: Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi

ALI Al-Habsi has sent a good luck message to the hundreds of fans from both clubs who will walk between the DW Stadium and the Reebok before this afternoon’s derby.

The Wigan Athletic goalkeeper, still highly regarded at Wanderers where he spent five years as a player, returns to his former club for only the second time today.

Al-Habsi won on his previous visit – which was also marked by a sponsored walk - and is hoping for a similar outcome as the Latics chase a play-off spot.

“It’s the second time I’ll be going back to Bolton, it’s always nice to go back to where it all began for me.

“I have so many friends in Bolton – on and off the pitch.

“But the most important thing for us is to get the three points.

“Of course I have happy memories of that first return – we won 2-1 in the Premier League and it was a great game.

“This time we are both in the Championship, but hopefully we can produce another good win and take another step towards getting back there.

“We know the fans will be walking from the DW to the Reebok again (the Walk4Joseph to support Joseph’s Goal), and I wish them luck. Hopefully that will bring us luck again, and we can reward them with the points.”

Around 700 fans are scheduled to make the eight-mile walk between the two grounds with cash used to help find a cure for NKH, the rare genetic disorder that Joseph Kendrick – Wigan's lucky FA Cup final mascot – suffers from.

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7:31pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Pedro1877 says...

One of the biggest (among many) player mistakes this Football Club has made was thrust into our faces again today as we watched Ali make some superb saves in contrast with the dithering and bad judgement of Bogdan today. Luckily for us, Bogdan finally went the right way for a penalty and made a great save - has anyone counted the number of times Bogdan has gone the wrong way?

Any way, after that miracle save right below us at the Allianz arena to the way he helped keep us up that season I have always been a huge Al Habsi fan and it was good to see him again today.
One of the biggest (among many) player mistakes this Football Club has made was thrust into our faces again today as we watched Ali make some superb saves in contrast with the dithering and bad judgement of Bogdan today. Luckily for us, Bogdan finally went the right way for a penalty and made a great save - has anyone counted the number of times Bogdan has gone the wrong way? Any way, after that miracle save right below us at the Allianz arena to the way he helped keep us up that season I have always been a huge Al Habsi fan and it was good to see him again today. Pedro1877
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7:44pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Reebok Al says...

Agreed. He was our best keeper and shouldn't have been sold.
Agreed. He was our best keeper and shouldn't have been sold. Reebok Al
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