At the start of the week, the club were pleased to welcome lifelong fan, Steve Furlong, to Boundary Park for a surprise presentation to support his recovery from illness.
Steve was unfortunately diagnosed with an aggressive form of tongue cancer in May before undergoing a 17-hour operation and weeks in intensive care at North Manchester General Hospital.
During his treatment and recovery in the hospital, Steve amazed health professionals with his vast knowledge of Latics, a club he has supported since the 1960s, being able to recall the names of full squads going back to his early years as a fan.
On hearing of his diagnosis and recovery, Steve received an invitation to a special presentation, alongside his wife Sharon, recognising more than four decades of support.
Steve was presented with a shirt signed by the first-team squad, a programme, and a poster of 'Years Gone By' featuring much-loved players and managers of the past.
He expressed his appreciation of the surprise gesture, which was kept a secret by his wife, as he said; "I'd like to thank my beloved football club for this wonderful experience, it was truly heartwarming to receive the signed shirt as well as several other items.
"Honestly, it has been the perfect Christmas gift for a second lease of life."