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Wigan Athletic were established in 1932, and across the next 46 years, they would make a name for themselves in non-league football, claiming four Cheshire League and Lancashire Combination titles, in addition to two Northern Premier League honours shortly before their eventual election to the Football League in 1978.
Larry Llyod helped Latics achieve promotion for the first time in their history, up to the Third Division where the European Cup winner helped his side remain in the league until 1993, before facing relegation back down to the bottom tier. The Latics made it to Wembley for the first time in 1985, as thousands saw them triumph 3-1 against Brentford in the Freight Rover Trophy final – find out the latest Wigan Athletic news here!
Wigan Athletic rose through the ranks and achieved lots of success at the start of the new millennium. The Latics did the unimaginable, and made it all the way from Division Three in 1996-97, up to the Premier League in 2005-06 thanks to three promotions in ten years. This is an achievement only some can be proud of, but for a club with a smaller stature like Wigan, this will always be remembered.
This could not have been achieved without the help of local businessman David Whelan, who bought the club in 1995, and initiated the incredible rise through the Football League pyramid. During this time, Wigan picked up their second Football League Trophy, defeating Millwall in the 1999 final. Success almost carried on for the Latics in their first season competing in the Premier League, as they finished runners-up to Manchester United in the 2006 League Cup final. Despite this, the Latics recorded their highest ever Football League finish at the end of that season – 10th.
2013, marked the year of one of the club’s greatest, if not the greatest achievements since their formation. Wigan were crowned as FA Cup winners for the first time, after a shock victory against strong favourites Manchester City. Ben Watson scored a stoppage-time headed goal to produce one of the greatest FA Cup final upsets of all-time, and the 1-0 victory was witnessed by over 86,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium. Extraordinarily, Wigan became the first-ever team to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season, as they were sent down by Arsenal just three days after their cup celebrations.
After the Latics cup triumph, they made it to Europe for the first time in history as they reached the group stages of the Europa League during their next campaign. The pressure was too much for Wigan and across the following four seasons they endured two relegations and two promotions from the Championship down to League One. After finishing first in the 2017-18 League One table, they secure their spot back up in the Championship where they are today.
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