League One Lowdown: Wigan Athletic

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 30 July 2017

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1932

Chairman: David Sharpe

Last Season: Championship - 23rd (Relegated)

Nickname: The Latics

Rivals: Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End

Major Honours

F.A. Cup: 2013

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Wigan: Monday, April 2nd (3pm)

Wigan vs Portsmouth: Saturday, August 26th (3pm)

Wigan Athletic: A brief history

Wigan Athletic were formed in 1932 after previous football clubs in the town went under but they weren't elected to the Football League until 1978 when they took Southport's place.

The Latics won the Freight Rover Trophy in the 80's as they spent their early years in the Football League in the bottom two divisions before JJB Sports owner Dave Whelan bought the club when they were in the fourth tier in 1995. Under his ownership, the Latics would rise up the leagues gradually and were promoted to the Premier League in 2005.

During their eight year tenure in the top flight, Wigan continued to annoy the football elitists by being competitive and when they were finally relegated in 2013, they pulled off one of the biggest shocks in recent F.A Cup history by beating heavy favourites Manchester City in the final to win their only piece of major silverware. Since then, the club has been relegated to League One, promoted and then relegated again with many managers coming and going during that period.

The Manager: Paul Cook

A man who needs no introduction to Portsmouth fans, the former Wolves midfielder began his managerial career with Southport but was sacked after six months. He had a more successful time at Sligo Rovers, guiding them to three high league finishes before winning the Irish League and FA Cups.

Following this success, Cook returned to Accrington Stanley, his last club as a player, in 2012 and led the team to a respectable 14th place finish. Chesterfield came calling and he won promotion to League One with the Spireites, which attracted Pompey's attention and he agreed come to Fratton Park having taken Chesterfield to the League One play-offs.

Cook failed to deliver in his first season at Portsmouth but, despite not being universally popular amongst Pompey fans, delivered the League Two title on the final day of last season. Cook then rejected an improved contract offer to join Liverpool Wigan this summer, where he will be expected to deliver an immediate return to the Championship.

The Ground: DW Stadium (Capacity: 25,000 - Away: 4,800)

I've lost my photos from the DW Stadium but it is one of League One's best venues in terms of facilities, capacity for a huge Pompey following and the view of the pitch. The pies are pretty good too, as you'd expect from Wigan.

To their credit, the Wigan fans who turned up to watch their team in the Premier League years ensured the atmosphere wasn't the worst. Who knows what it will be like in League One, though?

Portsmouth Match Reports

Sky Bet League One Sat 11th November 15:00

Blackpool 2 - 3 Portsmouth

Last game - Match Centre


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