Official Thread - Wigan Athletic vs PNE Feb 3, 2020 20:01:59 GMT PNE From Afar, Mickypne, and 5 more like this
Post by walburghian on Feb 3, 2020 20:01:59 GMT
Wigan Athletic vs Preston North End
The Latics, The Tics The Lilywhites
1932; 88 years ago 1880; 140 years ago
DW Stadium Deepdale
International Entertainment Corporation Trevor Hemmings' company
Chairman Darren Royle(son of Joe) Peter Ridsdale(in locum parentis)
Manager Paul Cook Alex Neill
As a Southport resident , it grieves me that Southport lost their place in the Fourth Division and Wigan Athletic became an English League club on 2 June 1978.
In February 1995, local millionaire and owner of JJB Sports, Dave Whelan purchased the club. Through Whelan's business connections in Spain he attracted three Spaniards to the club – Roberto Martínez, Isidro Diaz, and Jesus Seba – who became known as the Three Amigos.The trio became the on-pitch symbols of Whelan's ambitious plan to take Wigan Athletic into the Premier League. Wigan were unbeaten for the first 17 games of the 2004–05 season. Along with Sunderland and Ipswich, the Latics remained in the promotion hunt all season. By the last day of the season, Sunderland had already won the title and Wigan needed at least a draw against Reading – who themselves needed to win to finish in sixth place – to beat Ipswich to the last automatic promotion spot. A 3–1 victory in front of their home fans at the JJB Stadium earned Wigan Athletic promotion to the top division of English football for the first time in their 73-year history.
In 2013, after beating Everton in the quarter-final and Millwall in the semi-final, Wigan reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in their history. In the final, played at Wembley Stadium, Wigan beat Manchester City1–0, with a goal byBen Watson scored in injury time. Wigan's first ever major trophy also gave the club a place in the group stage of the Europa League. Following their 4–1 defeat to Arsenal three days later, Wigan Athletic ended their eight-year spell in the Premier League and became the first team to be relegated and win the FA Cup in the same season.
Wigan were subsequently relegated back to League One in April 2017, but bounced straight back up the following Season as Champions.
They are currently in 22nd place and in the Relegation zone. During the Transfer widow they were extremely active parting with Windass to Wednesday, Cole to Doncaster and Evans to Cheltenham. Their incoming signings were all Loanees, Alex Dobre from Bournemouth, Leon Baloghan and Jan Maklar from Brighton and Dowell from Everton in an effort to avoid relegation. On the back of a very good win at Leeds Utd., PNE will have to be on top form to get anything from this game – but I think we will. Pity we could not have got Brewster instead of Swansea, as we would have won 2-0! Don't know why we are not so successful these days in getting promising Loanees. (thanks to Wikepaedia for the background)