"It is with regret that the club has to report on the following disturbances by a section of around 250-300 so-called Newcastle United fans during The Cosmos South Lancashire Counties Premier Division Fixture Vs AFC Leigh Centurions on Sunday March 17 at the Scott Lane pitches adjacent to the Wigan Soccerdome which is situated next to the away supporters’ car and coach park in Wigan.
After about 15 minutes of the game, at approximately 2.15 pm, several coaches arrived at the car park. As the supporters spilled out of the coaches, which were not managed by the club or police officials, they proceeded to watch the game from the touchline. Some fans then chose to run on to the field of play, dropping their pants, causing the game to be stopped. The situation then magnified as a crowd around 250–300 Newcastle United fans followed suit. Although good natured at first, the fans then started to rip out corner flags as they ran over the pitches and also took the match ball. We never recovered the ball, though we did manage to recover the corner flags.
The so-called fans then decided to charge over to the adjacent pitch where Goose Green Reserves were entertaining Olympic AFC in another South Lancashire Counties Fixture. They again began by ripping out their corner flags. The fans then charged into the goalmouth, jumping onto the goalposts in an attempt to snap the crossbar with the sheer numbers clambering on them. They then started to rip the nets from the posts, tearing them and trying to take them. Our players helped to retrieve the nets. After spending quite some time singing and hanging on the goalposts the fans then ran back over to our pitch whilst singing, 'We’re Newcastle United, we’ll do what we want.'"