Wigan Athletic give fan behind 'Will Grigg's on fire' chant free season ticket

The chant has gone viral on the internet following the Latics' League One title win

Mark Critchley
Tuesday 17 May 2016 09:47
Wigan celebrate lifting the League One title at the DW Stadium
Wigan celebrate lifting the League One title at the DW Stadium

The supporter of Wigan Athletic who started a viral chant in tribute to striker Will Grigg has been rewarded by the club’s chairman and granted a free season ticket.

Sean Kennedy is credited with adapting Gala’s 1997 hit ‘Freed from Desire’ to hail Grigg, who finished top of League One’s scoring charts this term with 25 goals.

Videos of the chant, which repeats “Will Grigg’s on fire, your defence is terrified”, have since been shared widely on social media, particularly after the club’s title win and promotion was confirmed.

Wigan’s chairman, David Sharpe, has now decided to reward Kennedy for his inventiveness and has offered him a season ticket for 2016/17’s Championship campaign, completely free of charge.

“For inventing the best chant ever known to man, you've earned yourself a free season ticket for next season @KennoUTJ,” he tweeted, before adding: “Will Griggs on fire”.

The chant appears to have originally been sang by Stevenage supporters about winger Luke Freeman in 2012, while Newcastle United fans also have their own version for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Kennedy and Wigan’s version, however, is the one which has captured the internet’s imagination, with parody versions growing in number.

The success of the chant follows the widespread adaptation of Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’, which has been heard in grounds across the country this season.

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