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History

Wigan Athletic are a professional football club located in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Formed in 1932, they’re one of the youngest teams in the Football League. They currently play in England’s second tier, the Championship.

The history of Wigan Athletic begins in 1932. The club was founded in 1932, after previous attempts of forming a Wigan based football club had ultimately failed. One of these failed attempts was Wigan Borough, and Wigan Athletic bought their ground from them, Springfield Park.

The club joined the Cheshire County League after failing to be elected to the Football League.Wigan Athletic’s first game was against Port Vale Reserves.

Wigan Athletic won their first silverware in the 1933/1934 season, winning the Cheshire League. Thee club followed this up with a second title the season after, and played their first FA Cup match. This was against Carlisle United and Wigan set a new record. By beating Carlisle 6-1, they broke the record for the biggest win over a league club by a non-league club.

In the 1935/1936 season, Wigan made it three titles in three seasons, winning the Cheshire League again. 

When the Football League resumed after the Second World War, Wigan Athletic kits changed from their red white and black colours to blue and white, what we know them for today. 

Wigan’s early success wasn’t replicated after the war, and the club finished bottom of the Cheshire League table. The club were refused re-election and so joined the Lancashire Combination. Like their first season in the Cheshire League, Wigan Athletic won the Combination title in its first season.

The club continued to progress in the Lancashire Combination, and in the 1953/1954 season the club were again involved in setting a new FA Cup record. Wigan played Hereford United in in front of 27,526 spectators, the highest attendance for two non-league teams at a non-league ground.

In 1961, Wigan Athletic returned to the Cheshire League. Four seasons later, they won the Cheshire League title once more. Wigan Athletic’s greatest goalscorer, Harry Lyon, scored an incredible 66 goals that season.

The 1966/1967 season saw Wigan win four minor localised cups. A season later, Wigan became founder members of the Northern Premier League.

The club won the Northern Premier League title for the first time in the 1970/1971 season. In 1978, Wigan Athletic were invited to join the Football League, after 34 failed attempts including an attempt to join the Scottish League.

The reasons behind Wigan’s invitation to the Football League stem from the fact that Boston United, who had won the Northern Premier League the season before, lacked the facilities and ground to meet the Football League criteria and because Wigan played at Springfield Park, which did meet the criteria, Wigan were offered the place instead.

At that time, a club couldn’t be automatically promoted to the Football League. Instead, any club wanting to join would have to wait for another team to leave or be voted out. In 1978, Southport and Wigan were put to the vote, Southport already in the Football League but faced non-re-election. Eventually, Wigan won the vote and Wigan Athletic joined the Football League Fourth Division.

Wigan performed well in the first taste of league football. A series of top half finishes, Wigan were looking for promotion. However, after a poor start to the 1980/1981 season, manager Ian McNeill left the club.

Larry Lloyd led the club to their first ever League promotion in Wigan Athletic history. The club were now in the Third Division, but the club couldn’t replicate their previous form. Lloyd was fired and Bobby Charlton replaced him on a temporary basis before Harry McNally joined the club.

The club managed to establish themselves as a third tier club, neither challenging for promotion nor struggling with relegation. However, in the 1984/1985 season, the club did struggle and McNally was fired.

Bryan Hamilton took the Wigan job and led them to Third Division safety. From the 1985/1986 season, Wigan Athletic’s form started to improve. Near misses with promotion followed until Bryan Hamilton accepted their offer to be their new manager.

Ray Mathias took over, and led Wigan Athletic to the play-offs. Unfortunately for Wigan, they were knocked out at the semi final stage by Swindon Town.

This near miss led to a downturn in form for Wigan, They were almost relegated in the 1988/1989 season and Ray Mathias was sacked. Former boss Bryan Hamilton took the manager’s job for the second time, but couldn't save the club from relegation in 1992/1993.

Hamilton quit and Kenny Swain became the latest incumbent of the Wigan Athletic manager role. Wigan struggled in the Fourth Division and were almost relegated once more. Graham Barrow, a former Wigan Athletic player, took charge.

In 1995, Dave Whelan bought the club. His first move was to bring ‘The Three Amigos’ to Wigan, Roberto Martinez, Isidro Diaz and Jesus Seba. John Deehan came in as manager and the club’s fortunes on the pitch started to improve.

By this time, the Premier League had been formed and so the Football League divisions were renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division, Wigan’s home at the time, became Division Three.

In the 1996/1997 season, Wigan won the Division Three title. They performed well in Division Two, and finished mid table. In the 1998/1999 season, Deehan left and Ray Mathias returned to the club. Wigan won the Football League trophy and made the play-offs, but were beaten by Manchester City in the semi-finals, who went on to win promotion. 

Mathias was fired and John Benson came in to replace him. Again, the club reached the play-offs and this time reached the final, but they lost out to Gillingham after extra time.

John Benson took up the role of Director of Football and Bruce Rioch took over the manager’s role. He wasn’t a success however, and left halfway through the 2000/2001 season. Steve Bruce was brought in, replacing caretaker boss Colin Greenall, and the club reached the play-offs once again.

It was a familiar story for Wigan though, the club defeated in the play-offs once more. Bruce left the club and former Wigan striker Paul Jewell was brought in. Jewell’s first season was poor, but his second was much better. The club reached the quarter finals of the League Cup, beating three Premier League teams along the way. More importantly, Wigan Athletic won the Division Two title, earning them promotion to the second tier of English football.

Wigan almost made the play-offs in their first season in Division One, missing out on the final day. The club went one better in the 2004/2005 season. After an impressive season, the club finished in the automatic promotion places, sealing promotion to the top flight for the first time in Wigan Athletic history.

Wigan performed well in their first season in the Premier League. As well as finishing in 10th place, the club also reached its first major final, playing in the League Cup Final against Manchester United, who won the game 4-0.

The following season wasn’t as successful. After selling some of their star players, Wigan went into the final day of the 2006/2007 season needing to beat Sheffield United to stay in the Premier League, with Sheffield United needing to win to stay in the division too. In a winner-takes-all match, Wigan won 2-1 and saved their Premier League status.

Paul Jewell resigned as Wigan Athletic manager, and Chris Hutchings, Jewell’s assistant, replaced him.

Despite a number of signings added to the Wigan players list, the 2007/2008 season started badly and after only 12 matches in charge, Hutchings was sacked.Steve Bruce returned to the club for a second spell, who kept Wigan in the Premier League.

Wigan began to improve, and finished the season in mid table. However, Bruce left to join Sunderland, and star players Antonio Valencia and Lee Cattermole left to join Manchester United and Sunderland respectively.

Roberto Martinez returned to the club as manager after his playing spell at the club.Wigan struggled, but managed to achieve famous wins over Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, results that helped the club stave off relegation.

The following season, Wigan struggled even more. They were in the relegation zone for most of their campaign, but a win on the last day of the season against Stoke saved them 

2013 saw the FA Cup go to Wigan for the first time. An injury time goal from Ben Watson secured a 1-0 win, and Wigan became FA Cup champions. This win also led them to UEFA qualification. However, after many seasons of just avoiding the drop, Wigan were relegated. Another FA Cup record came their way, albeit an unwanted one. Wigan became the first side to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season. 

Martinez left the club and joined Everton. Owen Coyle was his replacement, but the club began to struggle and by December, Coyle was out. Uwe Rosler took charge and he led Wigan to another FA Cup final. They held Arsenal all they way, before losing on penalties

Rosler was given the boot and Malky MacKay took over. MacKay’s tenure didn’t last and Gary Caldwell took charge. The club were relegated, but they bounced back immediately and followed that up with another title win . In the 2016/2017 season, the club were once again playing Championship football.

Wigan suffered relegation once more, but bounced back at the first time of asking.

Crest

The first Wigan Athletic badge was the Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council coat of arms. 

Then, the Wigan Athletic football badge was an image of a tree sat inside a crown, inside a circle crest.

A return to the coat of arms followed, and then in 2008 the old Wigan football crest was reintroduced.  Similar to the original crest, this badge consists of a tree sat inside a gold crown, with the team name printed on the outside of the circle and two gold footballs left and right.

Colours

The Wigan Athletic colours are traditionally blue and white striped shirts, worn with blue shorts and white socks. However, the Wigan kit colours of blue and white were not introduced until 1947.

The club originally wore red and white. The first Wigan kit consisted of a half red half white shirt with black shorts and black socks.

A red and white quartered shirt was introduced in 1946, worn with white shorts and red and white hooped socks.

The blue and white colours appeared the following season. At first, the shirts were plain blue, stripes weren’t introduced until 1977. The style of the Wigan Athletic shirts has changed, from plain blue to blue and white stripes and back again. Blue and white striped shirts have been a staple part of the Wigan kit since 2012.

Wigan Athletic Stadium

The Wigan Athletic stadium is the DW Stadium. It has been home to Wigan Athletic since 1999. Wigan own the ground, but they lease it to Wigan Warriors, the rugby league team.

Springfield Park was the first home of Wigan Athletic, which has now been demolished.

The Wigan Athletic stadium layout consists of four main stands - the North Stand, which has a capacity of 5,418; the East Stand, also known as the Boston Stand, which has a capacity of 8,238; the South Stand, with a capacity of 5,412; and the West Stand, known as the Springfield Stand, which is the largest stand at the DW stadium with a capacity of 6,100. The total Wigan Athletic stadium capacity is 25,168.

Supporters

Wigan supporters traditionally hail from the Wigan area and other parts of Greater Manchester. There are Wigan Athletics supporters clubs across the country. The official club is the Wigan Athletic Official Supporters Club, a not-for-profit organisation run by the fans.

Some of the most sung Wigan Athletics supporters songs are I’m A Believer, We Built This City, Gold and You Are My Sunshine, with lyrics adapted to include the name of the Wigan players.

One of Wigan Athletic’s biggest rivalries was with Chorley, based in Lancashire, but these two sides haven’t played each other since Wigan were last in the Northern Premier League.

Other rivalries are with other Lancashire sides. Bolton Wanderers is the main derby for Wigan Athletic, and there are rivalries with Preston North End, Rochdale, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Oldham Athletic and Bury.

Ownership

The Wigan Athletic owner is Dave Whelan. Whelan bought the club in 1995, when Wigan were playing Division Three football.

Whelan invested £30 million in the building of a new stadium for Wigan. Originally called the JJB Stadium after the sports chain Whelan owned, it’s now called the DW after another Dave Whelan business.

In 2015, Whelan left the position of chairman, and gave the position to his grandson David Sharpe. Whelan is still the owner of the club, and is also Life President.

Stats

Wigan Athletics stats start with their leading all time league appearance maker. Kevin Langley holds that record. Langley made 317 league appearances for the club over two spells, firstly from 1981 to 1986 and then from 1990 to 1994.

Wigan Athletics all time leading league goalscorer is Andy Liddell. Liddell scored 70 goals for the club between 1998 and 2004.

Nathan Ellington is Wigan’s leading goalscorer at the DW, netting 41 times at home in his spell at the club that lasted from 2002 and 2005.

Hugo Rodallega is Wigan’s record Premier League goalscorer. Rodallega scored 22 goals in his spell at the club between 2009 and 2012.

Wigan’s record transfer signing is Charles N’Zogbia. N’Zogbia cost Wigan £7 million in 2009 from Newcastle United.

The highest transfer fee Wigan Athletic have ever received is £15 million, a fee paid by Manchester United for Antonio Valencia in 2009.

The highest attendance at the DW Stadium is 25,133. This number of spectators watched Wigan play Manchester United in the Premier League in 2008.

Wigan’s highest ever win is 12-0, a scoreline achieved against Stubshaw Cross in the Lancashire Combination Cup in 1954.

The club’s highest league win came against Scarborough in Division Three in 1997, Wigan winning with a score of 7-1.

Wigan Athletic’s record defeat came against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League in 2011 - Spurs won 9-1.

Wigan Players

Wigan Athletic players past and present include names fans of English football will be familiar with. The current Wigan player of the year is Nathan Byrne. Since 1978, Arjan de Zeeuw has won the most player of the year awards, winning it three times in 2000/2001, 2001/2002 and 2005/2006.

Emile Heskey became the first ever Wigan Athletic player to play for England, when he was called up to the international squad in the 2007/2008 season. The year before, Pascal Chimbonda became the first Wigan Athletic player to play in a World Cup, after being called up by France for the 2006 tournament.

Notable ex Wigan players include Harry Lyon, Leighton Baines, Charles N’Zogbia, Antonio Valencia and James McClean.

Wigan Manager

The current Wigan Athletic manager is Paul Cook. 

Cook replaced caretaker boss Graham Barrow, who has had two recent spells in charge following the dismissals of Gary Caldwell and Warren Joyce.

Honours

The Wigan Athletic honours list includes one FA Cup (2013); two Football League Trophies (1985 and 1999); two time winner of the second tier, one time winner of the third tier.

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