Wigan Athletic Club Profile
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Wigan Athletic : Club Background

There was a time in football history when Wigan Athletic were more or less a northern version of Yeovil Town. A relatively small town of 97,000 people, and a side that performed well in non-league football yet despite that struggled to get their place in the Football League. They are a relatively recent creation, compared with most football clubs, having been formed in 1932, when they joined the Cheshire County League. Strictly speaking they have nothing to do with the old clubs of Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town and Wigan Borough, although did form as a result of the latter club folding.

Wigan took over Springfield Park, which had been the home of many of those previous clubs, as well as the local rugby league sides, dating back to 1897. After the Second World War they joined the Lancashire Combination League, but in the 1960s switched back to the Cheshire County League. When the Northern Premier League was formed in 1968-69 they became founder members, and immediately became a major force in non-league.

OVer the ten years that followed, they managed Northern Premier League runner-up (1968-69), Northern Premier League runner-up (1969-70), Northern Premier League Champions (1970-71), Northern Premier Cup Winners (1971-72), Northern Premier Shield Winners (1972-73), F.A. Trophy runner-up (1972-73), Northern Premier League runner-up (1973-74), Northern Premier Shield Winners (1973-74), Northern Premier League Champions (1974-75), Northern Premier Shield Winners (1975-76), Northern Premier League runner-up (1977-78).

You'd think that with that string of honours to their name that they might have been given promotion out of the division. But Wigan had the same problems with the Football League's election system as Yeovil Town at that time, applying a total of 34 times to join the 'closed shop' before finally being allowed in during 1978, replacing Southport, and even then only because Champions Boston United didn't have sufficient stadium facilities to pass the admission criteria. In finally doing so they became the last club to get into the League via the election method, with it finally being replaced by a promotion/relegation system in 1986.

In 1981-82, Wigan were promoted to Division Three (third tier) but were relegated during the 1992-93 season. At that point they'd had a fairly anonymous experience of the Football League. All of that changed in 1995 when local millionaire and owner of JJB Sports, Dave Whelan purchased the football club, with the money now coming into the club giving them an early promotion as Third Division (now fourth tier) Champions in 199697.

By now Whelan had big plans, and that involved leaving Springfield Park. In 1999, he opened a 25,133 capacity all-seater stadium - an incredible size for a club still playing in the third tier at that stage. Across three consecutive seasons around that period they had three failed attempts in the play-offs before becoming Division Two Champions in 2002-03. Under the management of Paul Jewell, who had previously taken Bradford City into top flight football, it wasn't long before their ascendancy was completed - finishing runners up in the Football League Championship in 2004-05, and rising into the Premier League - three promotions in under ten years.

Wigan's time in the Premier League has been largely one of survival, even if the pundits tipped them for relegation nearly every season, they went on to gain 10th, 17th, 14th, 11th, 16th, 16th and 15th placed finishes. They were League Cup runners up in the 2005-06 season, losing out to Manchester United. Finally though, in the 2012-13 season, gravity caught up with them, although in a bizarre end to their time in the Premier League. The sadness of being relegated from the Premier League after eight seasons was coupled by the euphoria of beating Manchester City in the FA Cup Final, creating history in multiple ways as the first club to win the trophy whilst being relegated, as well as achieving their first major national honour.

That then propelled Wigan into the Europa League, giving them the experience of European competitions for the first time in the club's history. Although they failed to qualify out of the group stages, they equipped themselves well, gaining five points from their six matches and only exiting the tournament on their final group match. In concentrating on their European fortunes, Wigan have perhaps been a slow-burner in terms of their Championship fortunes. Lower mid-table during the first half of the season, they have built up a head of steam since leaving the competition, and at the time of writing even still have the improbable situation of being able to retain the FA Cup that they won last season, after knocking out Manchester City for the second season running. They go into the match against Yeovil Town on a run of eight straight wins in all competitions, and whilst automatic promotion might be too much to ask for, they will have a great chance - based on the form guide - of working their way through the play-offs and thus regaining their Premier League place. As things stand, the crossing of Yeovil Town's and Wigan Athletic's paths could be a brief one.

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Wigan Athletic : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Wigan Athletic

28/07/1973HomeFrndD1-11526
04/08/1973AwayFrndW3-21570
10/08/1981HomeFrndL2-3
10/11/2013HomeCHPL0-16149
18/03/2014AwayCHPD3-312970Miller 82, 85, Ayling 90


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Wigan Athletic

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Wigan Athletic : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Wigan Athletic : Club Information
DW Stadium
Loire Drive
Wigan
WN5 0UZ
(Click for map)

NOTE: For Sat-Nav purposes, they recommend using WN5 0UN unless you have plans to park up in the directors private car park, as that will be better positioned for getting to the more public stadium car parks.

Telephone Number : 01942-774000
Fax :
Email: feedback@wiganathletic.com
Chairman : Dave Whelan
Secretary : Stuart Hayton
Safety Officer : Shaun Currie
Head of Media : Ed Jones
Manager : Uwe Rosler

Capacity : 25,138
Seated : 25,138
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 25,133 vs Manchester United, Premier League, May 11th 2008 (DW Stadium)
Record Attendance : 27,526 vs Hereford United, FA Cup, 1953 (Springfield Park)
Colours : Blue/White Stripes, Blue Shorts
Nickname : Latics

Ticket Prices : Ticket Prices for our 2013-14 Championship fixture are as follows:

Adults: 15.00; Over 65s: 10.00; Aged 1621: 10.00; Ambulant Disabled: 10.00; Under-16s: 5.00.

These are sold as unreserved seats in the North Stand. It's a covered seated stand situated behind one goal and houses up to 5,400 spectators - that ought to be enough for us!

Pay on the day is available from a cash only turnstile, with no price increase applied.

Disabled Info:

Disabled supporters pay the above concessionary prices - so 10.00 for the 2013-14 season. You can admit an assistant free of charge.

If you need any further information on disabled facilities, then call 0871-6633552 or email disabledcoordinator@dwstadium.com - this is essential if you need a parking space.

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Wigan Athletic : Directions To The Ground
General

We'll confess to being a little surprised that Wigan is part of 'Greater Manchester'. Surprising given that it's actually 16 miles north-west of the city and is situated close to the M6 as it leads from Manchester up to Preston. The ground is around 1.5 miles from Wigan town centre on the West side, meaning that if you're driving direct to the stadium, you'll barely touch the town itself.

By Road

You'll need to take two very different routes according to whether you're coming down the M6 from the north, or whether you're coming from the south. Of course 99% of all Yeovil supporters will be using the 'South' directions.

South or West: Exit the M6 at Junction 25. At the end of motorway slip road turn left, towards Wigan so you are on the A49. Go past Sainsbury's and over the roundabout (still on the A49) until you reach the Saddle Roundabout. Here take first exit towards Standish into Robin Park Road, taking you past the Asda superstore. You will now see the DW Stadium on your right.

North: Exit the M6 at Junction 27. At the end of motorway slip road turn left. Turn right at the next T-junction, towards Shevington. After one mile turn left into Old Lane (B5375 Standish Lower-Ground). Continue on B5375 for two miles. At the traffic lights turn right into Scot Lane, then the first left into Stadium Way. The DW Stadium will be right ahead of you.

East: Exit the M61 at Junction 6 (Chorley, Horwich A6027). Take the first exit at the roundabout. At the next roundabout, take the first left (Westhoughton A6, Wigan B5239) into Chorley Road. Then take next right turn (Wigan B5239). After two miles, turn left at the Aspull Roundabout (Wigan B5238). After two miles, after the Earl of Balcarres pub, turn right at the traffic lights. Head down the hill turning left at the next lights by the Quality Hotel. Follow the ring road and bear right into Caroline Street (towards Orrell). Continue on the ring-road following signs for Orrell. As soon as you go under the railway bridge get into the right hand lane and turn right into Robin Park Road. You will now see the DW Stadium on your right.

Parking

There are five car parks at the DW Stadium that are signposted as you reach the area. Car Parks 2 and 5 are off-limits unless you have a reservation. Car Park 4, which is next to B&Q, is free of charge, but inevitably fills up early. Car Parks 1 and 3 are charged as follows: Cars: 5.00; Minibuses: 10.00; Coaches: 20.00. Of the two, Car Park 1 is recommended for away supporters.

Disabled supporters must call either on 0871-6633552 or email disabledcoordinator@dwstadium.com to get any special parking spaces close to the stadium.

By Rail

There are two railway stations in Wigan, almost next door to each other. These are Wigan Northern Western and Wigan Wallgate. The first one is the most likely one for you to use, given that it's part of the West Coast Main Line, although you might come in via Wallgate if you've had to change at Manchester or Liverpool, as this carries more local services on a separate line.

Journey time from Yeovil is around 5-6 hours. You can get from Pen Mill by going via Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham New Street. Or you can leave from Yeovil Junction, and head up via London, using Waterloo and Euston. Note that going back there is only one scheduled service - the 18:28 train that goes via Wolverhampton and Basingstoke, getting you back to Yeovil Junction at 23:48. All routes take you into Wigan Northern Western.

For Capital Glovers, use the West Coast Mainline Service out of London Euston - just 1hr 55mins to get there and no changes! A pricey line though, so book in advance if you can.

From the station, you're looking at around a 20 minute walk - head in a South-West direction away from the town centre, along Wallgate (A49). Just before you reach the Saddle Roundabout, and after you've crossed the river, you should see a footpath to your right. Join that and you'll see the stadium in front of you.

Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

By Bus

From the town centre, almost all buses heading south-west will stop at Wigan pier. If you want a closer stop then try the 628 (Kitt Green circular - Stop P) and 665 (Pemberton circular - Stop E) which go via Wigan Bus Station. These are services that go via Scot Lane which will leave you within sight of the stadium.

By Taxi

A selection of Wigan taxi companies can be found here.

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Wigan Athletic : Web Resources
Web Sites

DW Stadium
Like many new stadium constructions, the DW Stadium has its own separate website, concentrating on the corporate, commercial and facility side of what's available at the ground. Quite often these have more ground information on them than their PTV equivalents.


Wigan Athletic Football Club
Wigan Athletic's main club website. Even though they are a recent Premier League side, this is PTV fodder.


Web Message Boards


E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press


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Wigan Athletic : Food & Drink
General :

The DW Stadium is on the edge of town, where there is only one public house nearby. However, for those who don't mind stretching their legs, the town centre is only 15-20 minutes away where there are a number of decent pubs all within a short stagger of each other.

Club Bar :

Yeovil Town fans will feel at home when they visit the facilities at the DW Stadium for away supporters - we gain access to a Marquee Bar! The difference is that it seems as though Wigan's is a bit posher. It's located on the ground floor of the North Stand. It's fully air-conditioned and holds up to 600 people - admission is free of charge, provided you show your match ticket - entry is open to away supporters only. Inside you'll find alcohol sales and food, long with big screens showing sports news. The only other major difference is that you don't get Mr Kelly trying to flog you raffle tickets before the game.

It's a Marquee, Jim, but not as we know it.
It's a Marquee, Jim, but not as we know it.
Photo © DW Stadium

Local Pubs :

Anvil: The Anvil is an All Gates Brewery pub situated in Wigan town centre. All Gates is a local town brewer and this pub opened in 2001, having previously stood under the name of All Saints Tavern, due to the nearby Wigan Parish Church. They serve six handpumps - a mix of the brewery's own selection and some rotating guests. They also have traditional Gwynt Y Ddraig cider on draught. There is a beer garden to the rear which includes a smokers' shelter. Also you'll find two TVs in the pub showing live sports. However, there is no food on sale, and no children allowed whatsoever. Opening: Monday-Saturday 11.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. with Sunday shutting half an hour earlier.
Anvil, Dorning Street, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN1 1ND. Tel: 01942-239-444. Email: theanvil@allgatesinns.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Berkeley: A former coaching house, situated opposite the Wallgate railway station, but still close to Wigan North station. They have eight TV screens around the bar and one projector screen showing sports channels. Food is available from noon until 7.00p.m. whilst there are around four real ales on tap - Prospect Silver Tally plus three rotating guests is what to expect. Also serves real cider. This pub has been described elsewhere as a more upmarket (and therefore more expensive) version of a Wetherspoon pub. Opening Hours: 11.30a.m.-11.00p.m. (with an hour extension on Fri & Sat), noon - 10.30p.m. on Sundays.
Berkeley, 27-29 Wallgate, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN1 1LD. Tel: 01942-242041. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Boulevard: This is a basement bar in the same road as the Berkeley. They keep Moorhouses Pie Maker real ale on the pubs plus three guest ales and two guest ciders that rotate. It's a pub that also doubles as an occasional music venue, or hosting comedy nights. They operate a dress code that bars things like jogging bottoms and manual work clothes, and so we'd imagine that may extend to football shirts, so it may be worth zipping up before entry. No food - this is basically a stereotypical boozer.
Boulevard, 17A Wallgate, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN1 1LD. Tel: 01942-497-165. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Moon Under Water: The town centre's nearest Wetherspoon - there is another one but it's on the wrong side of the town. You generally know what you're getting with any Wetherspoon chain, but one or two dip below the standard - reviews suggest that this is one of the lesser ones. Still, cheap food and drink shouldn't be entirely ignored. Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 8am to 11pm; Thu - Fri: 8am to 12am; Sat: 8am to 1am; Sun: 8am to 12am but expect the earlier hours to be for breakfasts and coffee only rather than alcohol.
Moon Under Water, 5-7a Market Place, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN1 1PE. Tel: 01942-323437. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Red Robin: This is the nearest pub to the ground, situated in the adjacent Robin Park. You'll find this one opposite the Cinema Complex. This is a Fayre and Square chain pub - a very family-friendly pub, that you may recognise by their 'Wacky Warehouse' signage - a play area for kids. Their pub tend to be a bit bland, but serve relatively cheap food, particularly if you're willing to opt for their "two meals" offer. You'll find no real ale here though - just Stella Artois, Fosters, Guinness and Becks Vier. Car park and beer garden available. Opening hours: Monday 12:00 - 23:00; Tue - Sat 11:00 - 23:00; Sunday 12:00 - 22:30.
Red Robin, 1 Anjou Boulevard, Robin Park, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN5 0UJ. Tel: 01942-218965. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Whilst the postal address is Greater Manchester, in reality this is deepest darkest Lancashire. So basically not a hope.

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Wigan Athletic : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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