A report on Wigan Athletic F.C.

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.

English professional association football club based in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.

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FA Cup

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Annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football.

Annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football.

Harry Hampton scores one of his two goals in the 1905 FA Cup Final, when Aston Villa defeated Newcastle United
Since 2007 the FA Cup Final has been held at Wembley Stadium, on the site of the previous stadium which hosted it from 1923 to 2000.
King George V presents the FA Cup trophy to Tommy Boyle of Burnley, April 1914
The second FA Cup trophy, used between 1896 and 1910
Pre-match ceremony of 2010 FA Cup Final showing sponsorship by E.ON
Ian Rush, the former Liverpool striker and record goalscorer in FA Cup final history
Ashley Cole won a record seven FA Cup Finals

In defending the move, the FA has also cited the extra capacity Wembley offers, although the 2013 fixture between Millwall and Wigan Athletic led to the unprecedented step of placing 6,000 tickets on sale to neutral fans after the game failed to sell out.

English Football League

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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)

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Premier League

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Top level of the men's English football league system.

Top level of the men's 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

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.

Millwall F.C.

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Professional football club in Bermondsey, South East London, England.

Professional football club in Bermondsey, South East London, England.

The first Millwall Rovers kit, worn by club secretary Jasper Sexton in 1885.
Millwall fans watch a South London derby against Crystal Palace in a 1922 FA Cup replay.
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In their three seasons together at Millwall, Tony Cascarino and Teddy Sheringham scored 99 goals between them.
Millwall players celebrating promotion to the Football League Championship at Wembley Stadium in 2010.
Millwall and rivals Leeds United perform huddles before kick-off at The Den in 2019.
The leaping lion has been on the club's crest from 1979 to 1999, and from 2007 to present. This version was used from 1992 to 1994.
The two red lions first appeared on the Millwall crest in 1956.
A Junior Lions day at The Den in 1988
West Ham and Millwall players shake hands before kick-off in 2011.
Millwall's American chairman John Berylson
Millwall Rovers with the East London Cup, 1887.
The first pitch invasion at the new Wembley by Millwall fans, May 2017.
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They faced Wigan Athletic in the final but, while playing in front of 49,000 of their own fans, lost 1–0 to an injury-time goal.

The match was played at Wembley Stadium.

2013 FA Cup Final

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The match was played at Wembley Stadium.
Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini's position was a matter of speculation before the final.
Ben Watson (pictured in June 2013) scored the only goal of the final.
Members of the Wigan Athletic board holding the FA Cup trophy following their team's victory

The 2013 FA Cup Final was an association football match between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic on 11 May 2013 at Wembley Stadium in London, England, organised by the Football Association (FA).

West Ham United F.C.

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English professional football club that plays its home matches in Stratford, East London.

English professional football club that plays its home matches in Stratford, East London.

Earliest club shot, during its founding year as Thames Ironworks in 1895
Billie the White Horse, saviour of the 1923 FA Cup Final
Champions statue on Barking Road
Yearly performance of West Ham since joining the Football League
West Ham players on open-top bus near Upton Park celebrate winning the 2005 play-off final in Cardiff. From L-R Shaun Newton (crouching), Back row, Matthew Etherington, Jimmy Walker, Teddy Sheringham, Marlon Harewood, Front row Don Hutchison, Carl Fletcher, Elliott Ward and Mark Noble (with flag)
Kevin Nolan lifts the trophy after the 2012 Football League Championship play-off Final
Club crest (1987–1998)
Club crest (1998–2016)
West Ham fans display their rosettes, scarves and novelty hammers at an FA Cup match in 1933
West Ham moved into the Olympic Stadium in 2016
Panorama of the interior of the London Stadium
West Ham and Domžale enter the pitch for first ever football game at London Stadium
"Academy of Football"

Following on from this event, Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan, supported by other sides facing possible relegation, including Fulham and Sheffield United, threatened legal action.

All Saints' Church was substantially rebuilt between 1845 and 1850.

Wigan

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Large town in Greater Manchester, England, on the River Douglas.

Large town in Greater Manchester, England, on the River Douglas.

All Saints' Church was substantially rebuilt between 1845 and 1850.
Wigan Lane monument
Trencherfield Mill is an example of one of Wigan's mills being converted for modern use.
Wigan Civic Centre
The seal of Wigan was in use from the 17th century until 1922.
Wigan Town Hall
Aerial view of Wigan town centre
Grand Arcade Shopping Centre, Town Centre
Museum of Wigan Life
The Boer War memorial in Mesnes Park
Latics and Warriors share the DW Stadium
Wigan International-standard pool, demolished 2008
George Formby, Jr in France during WWII
Wigan North Western railway station
The redeveloped Wigan bus station in 2018

The DW Stadium is home to Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Warriors Rugby League Football Club.

Manchester City F.C.

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English football club based in Manchester that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

English football club based in Manchester that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

St. Marks (Gorton) in 1884 – the reason for the cross pattée on the shirts is now unknown
The Manchester City team which won the FA Cup in 1904
Chart of yearly table positions of City in the Football League.
Manchester City supporters invade the pitch following their 2011–12 Premier League title win.
Manchester City moved into their new complex at the Etihad Campus adjacent to the City of Manchester Stadium in 2014.
Manchester City's stadium and shirt have been sponsored by Etihad Airways since 2009.
Manchester City players before a UEFA Champions League match in 2017. (Top row, left to right: Ederson, Walker, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Stones, Nicolás Otamendi. Bottom row, left to right: Agüero, Leroy Sané, David Silva, Fabian Delph, Jesus. Delph, Silva, Sané Otamendi & Agüero have since left the club.
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Current City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester Derby, 6 November 2021
The City of Manchester Stadium – the home of Manchester City since 2003

In the Champions League, the club was eliminated at the group stage for a second successive season, while a second FA Cup final in three seasons ended in a 1–0 defeat to relegated Wigan Athletic.

Whelan watching a Wigan Athletic match from the owner's box in May 2010.

Dave Whelan

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English businessman and former footballer.

English businessman and former footballer.

Whelan watching a Wigan Athletic match from the owner's box in May 2010.
Whelan funded the DW Stadium, home of Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors

Whelan is the former owner of club Wigan Athletic, having also been the chairman of the club for twenty years, before passing the position over to his grandson, David Sharpe, who eventually passed the ownership over to International Entertainment Corporation.

EFL Championship

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Highest division of the English Football League (EFL) and second-highest overall in the English football league system, after the Premier League.

Highest division of the English Football League (EFL) and second-highest overall in the English football league system, after the Premier League.

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.