Wigan Athletic F.C.

association football club in Wigan, England
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Wigan Athletic Football Club is an English football club from Wigan, Greater Manchester. The club plays in the Championship, currently managed by Owen Coyle. They play their home games at the DW Stadium. In 2012-13 they won the FA Cup by beating Manchester City 1-0 and so they played in the UEFA Europa League in the season 2013/14. A few days later they were relegated from the English Premier League to the Football League Championship, becoming the first FA Cup-winning side to be relegated in the same season. Manager Roberto Martínez left the club shortly after to join Everton. Owen Coyle replaced him.

Wigan Athletic F.C.
Full nameWigan Athletic Football Club
Nickname(s)The Latics
GroundDW Stadium
Greater Manchester
ChairmanDave Whelan
ManagerLeam Richardson
LeagueEFL Championship
2018-1918th of 24
Warm-up at the DW Stadium.



Wigan Athletic Official Supporters Club (formally known as Wigan Athletic Supporters Travel Club) is the official supporters' association of Wigan Athletic Football Club. The supporters club are a non-profit organisation run by volunteers and meet before home matches in the South Stand Bar.



Since Wigan Athletic's admission to the Football League in 1978, the club has built up several rivalries, mainly with Bolton Wanderers. They also have a rivalry with Manchester City, due to the two clubs' proximity and and being in the same division for much of the past 30 years.

League position

Season League Position
2000/01 Second Division 6th
2001/02 Second Division 10th
2002/03 Second Division Champions
2003/04 First Division 7th
2004/05 League Championship 2nd (promoted)
2005/06 Premier League 10th
2006/07 Premier League 17th
2007/08 Premier League 14th
2008/09 Premier League 11th
2009/10 Premier League 16th
2010/11 Premier League 16th
2011/12 Premier League 15th
2012/13 Premier League 18th (relegated)
2013/14 EFL Championship 5th
2014-15 EFL Championship 23rd (relegated)
2015-16 EFL One 1st (promoted)
2016-17 EFL Championship 23rd (relegated)
2017-18 EFL One 1st (promoted)
2018-19 EFL Championship 18th
2019-20 EFL Championship 23rd (relegated)
2020-21 EFL One 20th
2021-22 EFL One Champions
2022-23 EFL Championship 24th (relegated)

Former position




As listed on the official Wigan Athletic website.[1]

Period Manager
1932–37   Charlie Spencer
1946–47   Jimmy Milne
1949–52   Bob Pryde
1952–54   Ted Goodier
1954–55   Walter Crook
1955–56   Ron Suart
1956   Billy Cook
1957   Sam Barkas
1957–58   Trevor Hitchen
1958–59   Malcolm Barrass
1959 Jimmy Shirley
1959–60 Pat Murphy
1960   Allenby Chilton
1961–63   Johnny Ball
1963–66   Allan Brown
1966–67 Alf Craig
1967–68   Harry Leyland
1968 Alan Saunders
1968–70   Ian McNeill
1970–72   Gordon Milne
Period Manager
1972–74   Les Rigby
1974–76   Brian Tiler
1976–81   Ian McNeill
1981–83   Larry Lloyd
1983–85   Harry McNally
1985–86   Bryan Hamilton
1986–89   Ray Mathias
1989–93   Bryan Hamilton
1993   Dave Philpotts
1993–94   Kenny Swain
1994–95   Graham Barrow
1995–98   John Deehan
1998–99   Ray Mathias
1999–00   John Benson
2000–01   Bruce Rioch
2001   Steve Bruce
2001–07   Paul Jewell
2007   Chris Hutchings
2007–09   Steve Bruce
2009–13   Roberto Martínez
Period Manager
2013   Owen Coyle
2013–14   Uwe Rosler
2014–15   Malky Mackay
2015–16   Gary Caldwell
2016–17   Warren Joyce
2017–   Paul Cook




Runners-up (1): 2004–05
Winners (1): 2002–03
Winners (1): 1996–97
Promoted (1): 1981–82
Winners (1): 2012-13
Runners-up (1): 2005-06
Runners-up (1): 2013
Winners (2): 1984–85, 1998–99

Wigan's victory in the 2013 FA Cup Final qualified them for European football for the first time, earning them an automatic place in the group stage of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Group position
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Group stage   Maribor 3–1 1–2 4th
  Rubin Kazan 1–1 0–1
  Zulte Waregem 1–2 0–0


  1. "A role call of Wigan Athletic managers". Wigan Athletic FC. Retrieved 19 May 2013.