Formed in 1932, Wigan Athletic is the 5th football team to carry the Wigan name. Only 78 years old, and in the Premier League making them the youngest club currently in the Premier League.
Their success in recent years is down to local businessman Dave Whelan, who bought the club when they were in the old Division 3 in 1995. That summer three of the clubs best known players signed, the ‘Three Amigos’ of Roberto Martinez, Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz. Since then, the club has had a new stadium built (DW Stadium); and three promotions in 17 years; and reached two cup finals (League Trophy Winners 1998/99, League Cup Runners Up 2005/06). Not many clubs in the UK can boast such a great record.
In 1926 when the rest of the countries miners where striking, the miners of Wigan were starved and so had to go back to work before their mining counterparts. The term ‘Pie Eaters’ comes from the fact that the town was known for making great pies, and it was said that the miners had eaten some metaphorical humble pie.
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