James McClean, a former Wigan Athletic player of the year, has donated £5,000 to try to save the club.
The 31-year-old Stoke City midfielder has joined an online campaign set up by Wigan’s supporters club aimed at raising £500,000.
The Save Our Club initiative was launched on Wednesday in a bid to either part-own the club or act as a safety net in case a buyer doesn’t emerge, reports the Wigan Post.
McClean wrote on the crowd-funding website: “Wonderful club where I had the privilege of two great playing years there, great people that looked after me and my family, hope the club gets back to where it belongs.”
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Wigan were plunged into administration almost immediately after a takeover this summer – and on the morning after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Stoke had seemingly secured their status in the Championship.
In the end, an automatic 12-point penalty saw the club relegated to League One.
Administrators have now extended an initial deadline of August 31 to find a new buyer – and the supporters club hopes to be part of negotiations.
Caroline Molyneux, chairwoman of the supporters club, said: “After the statements made by the administrators, the supporters club is being very active in trying to liaise with any prospective bidder.
“The fact is whatever happens in the next week or two, the supporters need that voice going forward.
“We don’t want a repeat of what has happened.”
McClean scored 10 goals in 86 games for Wigan after joining from Sunderland in 2013.
He was actually booed when he returned to the DW Stadium with Stoke – but fans have expressed their gratitude on social media.
“He has taken some stick from many Latics fan,” said one. “Fair play to him!”
Another said: “The guy gets so much bad press unfairly so. Ran his guts out for us especially the year others downed tools.”
The fund-raising total had topped £250,00 by Friday evening.