“THE DUKE, THE DUKE, THE DUKE IS ON FIRE”
Very rarely is a footballer so beloved by supporters that they are unofficially given a title of nobility, but ask any football fan donning a blue and white Latics strip and they will tell you why. With vehement pace, implausible strength and an equally prolific striking partner in Jason Roberts, this player had the traits to become royalty at Wigan Athletic. Before a certain Northern Irish international there was only one man on fire to the Wigan faithful: The Duke.
Nathan Ellington, renowned throughout Wigan as “The Duke” for his shared surname with famous jazz pianist Duke Ellington, is a prominent figure in the scriptures of Wigan Athletic’s history. Just like his musician counterpart’s prolific composition performing, Nathan performed in just as a prolific way in front of goal; scoring 59 goals in 134 league appearances and, along with Jason Roberts, helped fire little Wigan up the divisions and into the ever-so prestigious Premier League – the pinnacle of English football. Whilst he proved so integral to Wigan’s Premiership push, Ellington left the club for West Bromwich Albion, before even making a top flight appearance for the Latics, for the sum of £3,000,001 (he was allowed to leave for any offer over £3 million), a sum that nowhere near matched the price tag labelled on him by Wigan fans. A price tag that read: ‘Priceless’.
Nathan was back in Wigan, a place many would call his footballing home, for the annual Joseph’s Goal charity match. He cheerfully agreed to answer some questions as it was clear that he was happy to be back.
“So Nathan, you’re back once again in Wigan for the Joseph’s Goal charity match, how does it feel to be back?”