New footage emerges onto social media of Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers fans fighting with arrests made by police after the game.
The Latics came out 5-4 winners on penalties in what was a highly charged local derby to reach the Carabao Cup Third Round.
There were few chances in a scrappy and feisty first half, and tensions were high with the hosts getting shown as many as four yellow cards.
Tendayi Darikwa hit an effort goalbound after the break as Wigan pressed for the opener, however Ian Evatt’s side was able to clear their lines.
Wigan goalkeeper James Jones hit home the hosts’ last penalty, while Nathan Delfouneso missed the decisive spot kick, sending Bolton out.
There was a raucous atmosphere at the DW Stadium for the fixture, with a confirmed 4,662 Bolton fans making the short trip past the M61.
It wasn’t just heated on the pitch, as in and outside the ground, we saw plenty of police involved to make sure scenes didn’t over boil, something which did happen on a number of occasions throughout the night.
A section of Trotters fans reacted angrily to Wigan’s dramatic win in the EFL Cup, tearing down an advertising board and hurling it down the North Stand as they were kept behind.
— Diane Critchley (@DianeCritchley) August 24, 2021
One Wigan supporter who witnessed the incident said: “It was dangerous, that could have taken someone’s head off. I think it actually hit someone.”
On the pitch whilst the game was in play, a fan thought it would be funny to leg it onto the field, outpacing the stewards trying to catch him.
Haha. Looking at how this pitch invader dodged those stewards, the Wigan Warriors should give him a trial.😂😂 pic.twitter.com/wxarnpFfXz
— Dr Neil (@Neil_UKPolitics) August 26, 2021
Then after the game, whilst majority made it home safe and sound, others got themselves into a fight, whilst police were forced to make arrests.
Most of the time, fans were escorted out of the ground, though the had to run ahead many times to get involved in flare ups with fans taunting each other further away from the ground.
Some supporters were shoved back into their correct groups trying to separate or prevent further trouble, a few spectators spotter falling down steps.
One individual was filming the scenes played out in and around the ground before moving on into town and it is there where some of the fighting took place.
One fan got pinned to the concrete with the roads full of traffic, cops then taking him away into custody. Take a look at the full video below…
Bolton chairman Sharon Brittan sent a plea to the club’s supporters ahead of the game at Wigan Athletic.
“The support we have received this season, both home and away, has been astonishing,” she said.
“From the opening day game against MK Dons where over 16,000 supporters got behind the players at the University of Bolton Stadium, to the sell-out away allocations at AFC Wimbledon and Lincoln City, your support, after such a long period of absence, is indicative of just how much our club means to you.
“That passion sets Bolton Wanderers apart in my opinion and inspires not just the players but all the staff at the club.
“Tonight, we make the short journey to play our neighbours Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup second round where just over 4,700 Wanderers fans will fill the away end at the DW Stadium.
“Derby games, such as these, have extra intensity and I’ve no doubt that everybody connected to the club, myself included, have looked forward to this tie ever since the draw was made.
“That we sold out of the tickets in only a short period of time clearly shows how much following Bolton Wanderers means to us all. I’m sure we would have sold many more if there had been any extra available!
“For a very small minority, though, that passion and intensity may become uncontrolled and could possibly lead to some unsavoury actions which are not representative of what our football club stands for.
“I speak on behalf of the vast majority of Bolton Wanderers fans who hold our values of respect, kinship and tolerance dearly when I urge you to get behind the players in full voice but please remember who and what you are representing.
“Our football club means so much to so many, so let’s do our club, our town and our community proud tonight.”
On the whole, you could say the night could have played out worse than it did, and no doubt the police will be satisfied is hadn’t flared up as bad as we’ve seen in the past.
As new footage emerges of Wigan and Bolton fans fighting with arrests made, did you see any of the trouble? Let us know via our social media pages!
On the advertising boards thrown around nearly hurting fans…
@tom7p: That is poor. Bolton fans should understand the delicate finances of lower league clubs
@taylorwigan69: Bellends, tell me im wrong🤷..#bwfc
@ChezCon69: That must’ve hurt.
@Martind97352736: I’m a Bolton fan and can honestly say I’m ashamed to see that, I’m all for having a bit of banter but unfortunately there are dickhead fans at every club who try to ruin a good night. Good luck to Wigan in the next round👍
@Peters____7: Was stood just in front of these gimps, why they felt the need to do that is beyond me
@wafc_110513: This is why their chairman sent a message. Even the owners know that they’re thick
@rmabolton: Dickheads and a disgrace, all clubs have them we’ve had stadium damage from both MK and Oxford fans & it’s just as disgusting coming from a minority of ours. Unfortunately we have this element who spoil it for the vast majority who behave like real fans
@csmiff86: Seriously hurt the fan that. Dangerous as fxxk. Hope the perpetrators get banned.
@AbramLatic: “lets just rip this hoarding down and chuck it into our own disabled fan section”….truly “special” backward, inbreds that lot
@JamesWy33371870: Thick as pig shit.
@TerryQuinn10: @EFL @EFL_Comms Absolubtley disgusting scenes…. dangerous and the poor fan the sign hit… no need and sanctions and fines need imposing… @OfficialBWFC
@callumrjb: Bolton fans are just knobheads aren’t they
@SOUTHGOAT123: Jesus have some class man
@james_1919: I mean, the fella that hit should probably get checked out by a doctor. Back of the head. Horrible.
@deanwilkinson92: Throwing advertising boards at their own fans 🤦🏻😂 clever bunch that Bolton lot #wafc
@mjtaylor123: How bad must his neck be feeling today. Ouch.