Chart of yearly table positions since Wigan's election into the Football League
Local entrepreneur Dave Whelan acquired the club in 1995, providing funds to move into the JJB Stadium, now named the DW Stadium after Whelan's sports shops, DW Sports.
To signify the involvement of the local authority, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council, Wigan Athletic have used their coat of arms as their club crest, from 1989 to 2008.
Wigan Athletic's first Premier League match against Chelsea
Former Wigan player Roberto Martínez managed the club to victory in the 2013 FA Cup Final, their first major honour.
Members of the Wigan Athletic board holding the FA Cup trophy following the club's victory at the 2013 Final
David Sharpe and Will Grigg celebrating Wigan's promotion from League One to the Championship in 2016
Wigan Athletic chairman Talal Al Hammad
Warm-up at the DW Stadium.
Antonio Valencia's £16 million sale to Manchester United in 2009 is the largest transfer involving Wigan Athletic.

The team competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system, having been promoted in the 2021-22 season.

- Wigan Athletic F.C.

Sunderland won the league in the first season since re-branding, with Wigan Athletic finishing second to win promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in their history.

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English Football League

League of professional football clubs from England and Wales.

League of professional football clubs from England and Wales.

William McGregor, founder of The Football League
Preston North End FC, the first champions in 1888
The Aston Villa team in 1897, after winning both the FA Cup and the Football League.
Championship Play-off final, 2006. (Leeds United v. Watford, Millennium Stadium)

The EFL is divided into the Championship, League One and League Two, with 24 clubs in each division, 72 in total, with promotion and relegation between them; the top Championship clubs change places with the lowest-placed clubs in the Premier League, and the bottom clubs of League Two with the top clubs of the National League.

Wigan Athletic

Fulham F.C.

English professional association football club based in Fulham, London.

English professional association football club based in Fulham, London.

The Second XI team, in 1886
Postcard of the 1903–04 line-up
The "Rabbit Hutch" stand along Stevenage Road sometime before Archibald Leitch's redesign in 1904–05
Yearly performance of Fulham in the Football League
Fulham FC in 1958 with Johnny Haynes, player number four from left in the front line.
Fulham (white) playing Portsmouth (blue) in front of Fulham fans in the Hammersmith End
A minute's silence for Jim Langley
Fulham playing in their light blue away kit against Bolton Wanderers in the 2004–05 FA Cup.
Robin van Persie takes a free kick as Fulham players form a defensive wall.
Roy Hodgson as manager at Fulham
Clint Dempsey scored a club record 50 Premier League goals for Fulham between 2007 and 2012.
Shahid Khan, owner and chairman
World Mobile is principal partner of Fulham

The next season, he engineered a second-place league finish, missing out on first place because several years previously the league had dropped the old "goal difference" system in favour of a "goals scored" tally, meaning Fulham finished behind Wigan Athletic.

Fulham broke the Championship transfer record that summer in a restructuring of the squad by Magath, but after a disastrous start to the new season, amassing just one point in seven games, Magath was sacked in September 2014, with Kit Symons appointed as caretaker manager.

Premier League

Top level of the English football league system.

Top level of the English football league system.

Nike "Maxim" ball used in the Premier League in 2012
Eden Hazard in possession of the ball during a 2012 match between Chelsea and Norwich City
Cristiano Ronaldo preparing to take a free kick in a 2009 match between Manchester United and Liverpool
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was the second longest-serving and most successful manager in Premier League history.
Alan Shearer is the top scorer in Premier League history with 260 goals.
Thierry Henry won a record four Premier League Golden Boot awards
The Premier League trophy
The gold Premier League trophy awarded to Arsenal for winning the 2003–04 title without defeat

A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Premier League and the EFL Championship.

The first Premier League match to be played outside England was Swansea City's home match at the Liberty Stadium against Wigan Athletic on 20 August 2011.

Queens Park Rangers F.C.

English professional football club based in Shepherd's Bush, West London.

English professional football club based in Shepherd's Bush, West London.

Chart showing the progress of QPR's league finishes from 1920–21 season to present
QPR crest used from 1982 until 2008
Crest introduced under Flavio Briatore and used from 2008 until 2016
Loftus Road has been QPR's stadium for the majority of their history
Tony Fernandes was the chairman of Queens Park Rangers
QPR signed Christopher Samba for a club record £12.5 million from Anzhi Makhachkala in January 2013, then sold him back for a club record £12 million in July
A Queens Park Rangers FC home shirt for the 2012–13 season

The club currently competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football.

During the 2013–14 season, QPR finished fourth in the Championship, and qualified for the play-offs where they defeated Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals.

Hull City A.F.C.

English professional football club in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire.

English professional football club in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Hull City squad of 1936
Boothferry Park in March 2008
Chart showing the progress of Hull City's league finishes since the 1905–06 season
Wembley Stadium before the Championship play-off final against Bristol City
Phil Brown and players celebrate on promotion to the Premier League in 2008
Old club crest
Club crest 1998 – 2014
Club crest 2014 – 2019
The MKM Stadium
Hull City supporters at the celebrations on the team's promotion to the Premier League in 2008

Founded in 1904, the club competes in the Championship after winning the 2020–21 League One title.

Hull City's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on 3 May 2010, after a 2–2 draw at Wigan Athletic.

Preston North End F.C.

Chart showing the progress of Preston North End F.C. through the English football league system.
Preston North End in 1888–89, the first Football League champions, subsequently doing 'The Double'.
Under David Moyes, Preston were Division Two champions in 2000, and narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League the following season.
Deepdale stadium.
The Splash commemorates Preston legend Tom Finney.

Preston North End Football Club, commonly referred to as Preston, North End or PNE, is a professional football club in Preston, Lancashire, England, who currently play in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

Preston's other local rivals in the league over the years include Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.

EFL League One

Second-highest division of the English Football League and the third tier overall in the entire English football league system.

Second-highest division of the English Football League and the third tier overall in the entire English football league system.

At the end of each season the top two clubs, together with the winner of the play-offs between the clubs which finished in 3rd–6th position, are promoted to EFL Championship and are replaced by the three clubs that finished at the bottom of that division.

There have been 15 different Champions of League One, with Wigan Athletic having won the division three times.