WIGAN ATHLETIC F.C.
Founded: 1932





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WIGAN ATHLETIC F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of WIGAN ATHLETICL FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Wigan Athletic was formed in 1932, following the winding up of Wigan Borough the previous year. Wigan Athletic was the fifth attempt to create a stable football club in the town following the demise of Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town and Wigan Borough. Wigan Athletic played their first ever league game against Port Vale Reserves. The team played in red and white shirts with black shorts. Wigan Athletic won their first honours in the 193334 season, finishing as champions of the Cheshire League. In the following season, the club won a second league championship and also entered the FA Cup for the first time, defeating Carlisle United 61 in the first round a cup record for the biggest victory by a non-league club over a league club. In the 193536 season, the club won their third consecutive Cheshire League title and the Lancashire Junior Cup.

After the Second World War, Wigan Athletic adopted their more familiar blue and white strip. The club struggled to assemble a competitive side, and finished bottom of the league in 194647 season. Despite their pre-war success, the club failed to gain re-election and were replaced by Winsford United. The club joined the Lancashire Combination, winning the league in their first season.[7] In 1950, Wigan Athletic came close to election to The Football League, narrowly losing out to Scunthorpe United and Shrewsbury Town. In the 195354 season, Wigan played an FA Cup match against Hereford United in front of a crowd of 27,526 a club record and also a record attendance for a match between two non-league teams at a non-league ground. In the next round of the cup, Wigan Athletic were drawn against First Division side Newcastle United. Wigan Athletic held their top flight opponents to a 22 draw at St James' Park, but went on to lose the replay 32. In 1961, the club moved back to the Cheshire League.

In 1968, Wigan Athletic were founder members of the Northern Premier League. Winning the league title in 197071. After 34 failed election attempts, including one controversial but headline-making application in 1972 to join the Scottish League Second Division, Wigan Athletic were elected to the Football League in 1978. As a non-league club, the team played at Wembley Stadium for the first time in the 1973 FA Trophy Final, where it lost 21 to Scarborough. Wigan Athletic finished in second place in the Northern Premier League in the 197778 season, behind winners Boston United. Wigan Athletic finally became an English League club on 2 June 1978. In the club's first season of League football, Wigan Athletic finished in sixth place, just six points off promotion. The 198586 season saw a marked improvement in the club's league form, eventually finishing in fourth position, a then-club record high which would stand for 17 years until 200203. Wigan Athletic finished the season just one point outside the promotion places in the final season before the Football League introduced the play-off system for promotion and relegation. Wigan Athletic finally won promotion to the top division of the English football for the first time in their 73-year history after the 2004-05.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Wigan Athletic F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Latics
Year Founded
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1932 (84 years ago)
English County
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Greater Manchester
Current Ground
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DW Stadium
Ground Location
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Wigan, England
Club's Owner
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Dave Whelan
Club Chairman
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David Sharpe
Current Manager
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Gary Caldwell
Current League
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Championship
Last Season
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League One, 1st place
(promoted)


HOME COLORS

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AWAY COLORS

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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


DW STADIUM
Loire Drive, Robin Park, Wigan, WN5-0UH, England

OPENED: ......... August 7, 1999
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. $30 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 25,138
RECORD: ......... 25,133 (2008 vs Manchester United)
OWNER: ........... Dave Whelan
OPERATOR: ..... Wigan Football Company Ltd
FIELD SIZE: ...... 115 74 yards (105 x 68 meters)



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