Wigan Athletic were formed in 1932 following the demise of Wigan Borough the previous year. Wigan Athletic were the fifth attempt to stabilise a football club in the town following the demise of Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town A.F.C and the aforementioned Wigan Borough.
Wigan Athletic played at Wigan Borough's Springfield Park ground until 1999 when the 25,000-seat JJB Stadium was built at Robin Park. Wigan was elected to the Football League as Northern League champions in 1978 in place of Southport who had finished bottom of the Fourth Division. It spent the next 25 years bouncing between the bottom two divisions of the Football League before winning the Division Two championship under Paul Jewell in 2002-03. Wigan finished seventh in the 2003-04 Division One campaign - just one place short of the promotion playoffs - and after their first 15 games of the 2004-05 Coca-Cola League Championship campaign are unbeaten leaders of the division. In 2005-06, top division football could well be played in Wigan for the first time ever.
Wigan is a large town in the north-west of England, in the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester, traditionally, and for postal purposes still, lying in the historic and geographic county of Lancashire.
Wigan is probably most famous for its pier, once an important loading/unloading building for the mills and collieries, now a popular local museum and nightclub.
The two teams now share the JJB Stadium WiganAthletic were elected to the Football League only in 1978 and had little success for many years, but they have recently gained promotion to the F.A. Premier League and the 2005/06 season will be their first ever in the top flight.
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