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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Chimbonda playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2007

Pascal Chimbonda

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French former professional footballer who played as a right-back.

French former professional footballer who played as a right-back.

Chimbonda playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2007

In 2005, he moved to Premier League club Wigan Athletic for their first ever season in the top flight.

1999–2000 in English football

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The 120th season of competitive football in England.

The 120th season of competitive football in England.

After losing in the previous year's play-off final, Gillingham won promotion via the Division Two playoffs to reach the upper half of the English league for the first time in their history, their opponents in the play-off final being a Wigan Athletic side playing their first season in the impressive new 25,000-seat JJB Stadium.

Valencia playing for Ecuador in 2017

Antonio Valencia

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Ecuadorian former professional footballer who played primarily as a right-sided player throughout his career, initially as a right winger, before developing into a right-back.

Ecuadorian former professional footballer who played primarily as a right-sided player throughout his career, initially as a right winger, before developing into a right-back.

Valencia playing for Ecuador in 2017
Valencia taking on Arsenal's Gaël Clichy for Wigan Athletic in 2008
Valencia playing against CSKA Moscow during his first season at Manchester United
Valencia taking a corner kick in the 2–2 draw away to Fulham on 22 August 2010
Valencia in training on a pre-season tour of South Africa in July 2012
Valencia (right) during a Europa League game against FC Rostov in 2017
Valencia lining up for Ecuador in 2007
Valencia (left) in action against Peru

He only made two league appearances for the Spanish side in between loan spells at Recreativo for the 2005–06 season and later English Premier League club Wigan Athletic from 2006 to 2008.

Roberts warming up for Blackburn Rovers in 2009

Jason Roberts (footballer)

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Former professional footballer who is now Director of Development at CONCACAF.

Former professional footballer who is now Director of Development at CONCACAF.

Roberts warming up for Blackburn Rovers in 2009

He was loaned out to Portsmouth at the start of the 2003–04 season, and was then sold to Wigan Athletic in January 2004.

Isidro Díaz (footballer, born 1972)

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Spanish retired footballer who played as a right midfielder.

Spanish retired footballer who played as a right midfielder.

In the summer of 1995, he was part of a group of players dubbed "The Three Amigos" – which also included his compatriots Roberto Martínez and Jesús Seba – who were brought to Wigan Athletic by club chairman Dave Whelan; he helped the team win the Third Division title two years later, with the player contributing six goals in 35 matches.

Kirkland warming up with Wigan Athletic in 2010

Chris Kirkland

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English football coach and former professional goalkeeper who is now the head goalkeeping coach at Colne.

English football coach and former professional goalkeeper who is now the head goalkeeping coach at Colne.

Kirkland warming up with Wigan Athletic in 2010
Kirkland warming up with Wigan Athletic in 2010

He would later sign for Wigan Athletic in July 2006, after a successful loan period, and he had further loan spells at both Leicester City and Doncaster Rovers before being signed by Sheffield Wednesday in May 2012.

Watson on U.S. tour with Wigan Athletic in June 2013

Ben Watson (footballer, born July 1985)

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English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder.

English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder.

Watson on U.S. tour with Wigan Athletic in June 2013
Watson warming up during a game with Crystal Palace in 2008.

He has previously played for Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace, Watford, Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic and had loan spells at Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion.

Former weavers' cottages in Wardle. The development of Greater Manchester is attributed to a shared tradition of domestic cloth production, and textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution.

Greater Manchester

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Metropolitan county and combined authority area in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million; comprising ten metropolitan boroughs: Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Metropolitan county and combined authority area in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million; comprising ten metropolitan boroughs: Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Former weavers' cottages in Wardle. The development of Greater Manchester is attributed to a shared tradition of domestic cloth production, and textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution.
Greater Manchester lies at the conjunction of the ancient county boundaries of Cheshire, Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
The Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre (better known as the G-Mex centre and now rebranded as Manchester Central) was the converted former Manchester Central railway station in Manchester city centre used for hosting the county's cultural events.
Stockport Bus Station in 1988. Greater Manchester Transport (later GM Buses) operated bus services throughout the county, from 1974 to 1993.
GMC County Hall (now known as Westminster House) in Manchester housed the Greater Manchester County Council until its abolition in 1986.
An aerial photograph of Greater Manchester, looking west
The Greater Manchester Urban Area, as defined in 2001, highlighted in red against the boundaries of the Metropolitan County
A view over the borough of Tameside, towards Manchester city centre circa 2008.
Common cottongrass (Eriophorum angustifolium), seen here at Light Hazzles Reservoir near Littleborough, was voted the county flower of Greater Manchester in 2002
Andy Burnham has served as the inaugural Mayor of Greater Manchester since May 2017.
A bus stop in Denton bearing the logo of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). TfGM is a functional executive body of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and has responsibilities for public transport in Greater Manchester.
The population of Greater Manchester increased from around 328 thousand in 1801, to 2.68M in 2011, peaking in 1971 at 2.7M.
Much of Greater Manchester's housing stock consists of terraced houses constructed as low-cost dwellings for the populations of local factory towns.
Population density map
Oldham, painted during the Industrial Revolution by J. H. Carse. Many towns in Greater Manchester were built around the mills.
The Trafford Centre in Trafford is one of the largest shopping centres in the United Kingdom.
The M60 motorway, seen here at Failsworth, is an orbital motorway in Greater Manchester.
A Metrolink tram in Radcliffe, part of Greater Manchester's light rail network.
First Greater Manchester operate bus services in northern-Greater Manchester.
Old Trafford, home to Manchester United F.C.
Bolton Wanderers F.C. are based at the University of Bolton Stadium, in Horwich
The main entrance of Old Trafford Cricket Ground
The City of Manchester Stadium, the main venue of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and home to Manchester City F.C.
Eccles cake is a small round flaky pastry cake filled with currants, sugar and spice. It is native to Eccles.
The Imperial War Museum North in Trafford Park was designed by Daniel Libeskind, and is one of the Imperial War Museum's five branches.
The Lowry is a combined theatre and exhibition centre at Salford Quays, and is Greater Manchester's most visited tourist attraction.
The arms of the Greater Manchester County Council, depicted here, became redundant with the abolition of the council in 1986 (though similar arms are used by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service).

Wigan Athletic F.C. are one of the county's younger sides and won their first major trophy in 2013, defeating Manchester City F.C. in the FA Cup final.

Colin Greenall

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English former professional footballer who made over 600 Football League appearances between 1980 and 1999.

English former professional footballer who made over 600 Football League appearances between 1980 and 1999.

Starting his career at Blackpool as an apprentice, Greenall had spells at Gillingham, Oxford United, Bury, Preston North End, Chester City and Lincoln City before finishing his career at his hometown club, Wigan Athletic.

Cattermole playing for Sunderland in 2011

Lee Cattermole

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English former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

English former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Cattermole playing for Sunderland in 2011
Cattermole (left) playing for Sunderland in 2011 alongside Craig Gardner (right)
Cattermole (right) posing for a pre-match photo before facing Arsenal in August 2012
Cattermole captaining Sunderland against Chelsea in May 2016

He switched to Wigan Athletic in July 2008.