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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Fulham F.C.

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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.

DW Stadium

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Stadium in Robin Park, in Wigan, within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.

Stadium in Robin Park, in Wigan, within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.

The JJB Stadium logo (1999-2009)
A view of the DW Stadium, from the bridge crossing the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
The DW Stadium logo 2009–2018
The record attendance at the DW Stadium was on the final day of the 2007–08 Premier League, where Manchester United were crowned champions after beating Wigan Athletic
The final home Test for Great Britain against New Zealand, played at the stadium in 2007
The Wigan skyline, featuring the stadium
Average and highest attendances for Wigan Athletic at the stadium since the 2000–01 season
Average and highest attendances for the Wigan Warriors at the stadium

It is used by Wigan Athletic football club and Wigan Warriors rugby league club, the rugby league club having a 50 years lease on tenancy to play games at the stadium.

Scunthorpe United F.C.

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Professional association football club based in the town of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England.

Professional association football club based in the town of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England.

Chart of table positions of Scunthorpe in the Football League.
Glanford Park as seen from the Britcon stand

The club finished as runners-up in the Midland League in 1947–48, and in 1950 was accepted into the Football League, ahead of Workington and Wigan Athletic when the league structure was expanded.

Manchester United F.C.

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Professional football club based in the Old Trafford area of Manchester, England.

Professional football club based in the Old Trafford area of Manchester, England.

A chart showing the progress of Manchester United through the English football league system from joining as Newton Heath in 1892–93 to the present.
The Manchester United team at the start of the 1905–06 season, in which they were runners-up in the Second Division
The Busby Babes in 1955. Manager Matt Busby is pictured front right.
A plaque at Old Trafford in memory of those who died in the Munich air disaster, including players' names
The United Trinity statue of George Best (left), Denis Law (centre) and Bobby Charlton (right) outside Old Trafford
Bryan Robson was the captain of Manchester United for 12 years, longer than any other player.
Alex Ferguson managed the team between 1986 and 2013.
Front three: Manchester United's treble medals of the 1998–99 season are displayed at the club's museum.
Ryan Giggs is the most decorated player in English football history.
Wayne Rooney receiving an award for becoming the club's record goalscorer from previous record holder Sir Bobby Charlton in January 2017
Manchester United badge in the 1960s
Average Old Trafford Manchester United attendance, 1949–2009
Cristiano Ronaldo on the ball in a 2009 Premier League game between Manchester United and Liverpool
An official partner of the club, Turkish Airlines in Manchester United livery
Winners' and runners-up medals from Manchester United's UEFA Champions League final appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2011
Manchester Derby on 6 November 2021
Liverpool-Manchester United match at Old Trafford on 14 March 2009

In the 2005–06 season, Manchester United failed to qualify for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over a decade, but recovered to secure a second-place league finish and victory over Wigan Athletic in the 2006 Football League Cup Final.

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

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Professional football club based in Bolton near the town of Horwich, Lancashire, England, which competes in, the third tier of English football.

Professional football club based in Bolton near the town of Horwich, Lancashire, England, which competes in, the third tier of English football.

Bolton won the celebrated 1923 FA Cup Final
Chart showing the progress of Bolton Wanderers F.C. through the English football league system.
Nat Lofthouse spent his entire career from 1946 to 1960 with Bolton, scoring 255 league goals
Men from Bolton Wanderers Football Club serving together with a battery of artillery in the 53rd (Bolton) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, of the 42nd (East Lancashire) Infantry Division, at Beccles, Suffolk on the east coast of England. The photograph, pictured sometime in 1940, shows the nine footballers in uniform cleaning an artillery piece.
Jussi Jääskeläinen is equal third on Bolton Wanderers' record appearance list, making 530 appearances between 1997 and 2012
Bolton broke their transfer record in 2008 when they signed Swedish forward Johan Elmander
The University of Bolton Stadium has been Bolton Wanderers' home since 1997

More recently, Bolton have developed an enmity with Wigan Athletic, whose fans generally regard Bolton as their main rivals.

The Town End at Springfield Park in 1982

Springfield Park (Wigan)

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Multi-purpose stadium in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Multi-purpose stadium in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

The Town End at Springfield Park in 1982

It was the home ground of Wigan Athletic F.C. until the club moved to the new JJB Stadium (now DW Stadium) after the 1998–99 season.

National League (English football)

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Association football league in England consisting of three divisions, the National League, National League North, and National League South.

Association football league in England consisting of three divisions, the National League, National League North, and National League South.

Former League logo

In 1977 the Northern Premier and Southern Leagues agreed to only put forward one candidate each for election to the League and this proved successful with Wimbledon and Wigan Athletic gaining election to the League in 1977 and 1978.

Martínez as Belgium manager at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Roberto Martínez

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Spanish football coach and former professional player.

Spanish football coach and former professional player.

Martínez as Belgium manager at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Martínez as manager of Wigan Athletic in 2009
Martínez as manager of Everton in 2013
Martínez as Belgium manager at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

He spent a year at lower league side CF Balaguer, before signing for English Third Division side Wigan Athletic.

Southport F.C.

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Association football club based in Southport, Merseyside.

Association football club based in Southport, Merseyside.

Southport (in yellow) vs Kidderminster Harriers at Haig Avenue, 22 November 2005.
Conference North trophy awarded to Southport, 2009–10 season.

Disaster struck in 1978, when the club was voted out of the Football League following three consecutive 23rd (out of 24) placed finishes, and was replaced by Wigan Athletic.

Chelsea F.C.

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English professional football club based in Fulham, in the western parts of London.

English professional football club based in Fulham, in the western parts of London.

The first Chelsea team in September 1905
Chart showing the progress of Chelsea's league finishes from 1906 to the present
Chelsea players celebrate their first UEFA Champions League title against Bayern Munich (2012).
Stamford Bridge, West Stand
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on 23 September 1905; Chelsea won 1–0.
Aerial view of present-day Stamford Bridge
Chelsea fans at a match against Tottenham Hotspur, on 11 March 2006
Scuffling between players in the match between Chelsea and Spurs dubbed the 'Battle of Stamford Bridge' on 2 May 2016.
Frank Lampard is Chelsea's all-time highest goalscorer.
In January 2011 Chelsea broke the British transfer record to sign Fernando Torres for £50 million; the record stood until 2014
Todd Boehly, one of the co-owners of Chelsea.
Chelsea parade through the streets of Fulham and Chelsea after winning their league and cup double, May 2010
Diego Costa and John Terry holding the League Cup after Chelsea's victory in 2015
Didier Drogba holding the Champions League trophy after Chelsea's victory in 2012

The club's biggest top-flight win was an 8–0 victory against Wigan Athletic in 2010, which was matched in 2012 against Aston Villa.