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Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic

Nickname Latics
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Stadium JJB Stadium

The Latics were established in 1932 after the demise of Wigan Borough the previous year. Wigan had long since had a die-hard of football fans but had witnessed the extinction of 4 footballing clubs already. Thus, Wigan Athletic became the fifth and ultimately most successful team to represent the town.

The early years of Wigan saw some amazing cup exploits; in 1934 they beat Carlisle United 6-1 which broke the cup record for the biggest win by a non-league side again at a league side. In the 1953/4 Season a record 27,526 fans watched Wigan play Hereford in the FA Cup this was a record for a game between two non-league clubs outside Wembley. For decades Wigan had been trying to gain a place in the Football League, in 1950 they had narrowly failed and continued to be frustrated. Finally, in 1978, and after 34 rejections, Wigan replaced bottom league club Southport and began a new chapter in their history.

3 seasons later, Wigan gained promotion to the old division 3 and were relegated again 10 years later.

In 1995 local millionaire David Whelan assumed Chairmanship of the Club. His ambition was to take Wigan Athletic all the way to the top flight and the first steps were taken when they finished top of division 3 in 1997. Play-off final defeats and a string of managers dominated the next few years until Paul Jewell led them to the Division 2 Championship in 2003. The Latics began the 2004/5 with a 17 game unbeaten run and Whelans ambitions were realized when Wigan beat Reading in the last game to secure promotion to the Premiership.

The pundits 'favourites for relegation' team opened there first ever Premiership game against Champions Chelsea and were narrowly beaten. They surprised everyone by remaining gin the top ten all season and reaching the final of the League Cup.

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