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Wigan’s Chosen Few

Absolutely amazing achievement by Wigan Athletic to defeat their illustrious neighbours Manchester City in the FA cup final by virtue of a last minute goal.

Even more of an achievement when you consider that they were not even a football league club until 35 years ago.

I can vaguely remember Wigan, having been turned down more than thirty times in their application to join the Football League, applying for Scottish League membership in 1972. In those days election to the Football League was by application and vote rather than the pyramid system which was adopted in 1987. Wigan it seems were making a point about southern bias in such matters.

In 1978 they eventually were elected to the Football League at the expense of Southport. As recently as 1995 they were struggling in the bottom tier of the league and playing to crowds of under 2,000.

Then Dave Whelan, millionaire owner of JJB Sports, took the club over and they embarked on a spectacular climb through the leagues culminating in arrival in the Premiership in 2005.

It would seem therefore that Wigan have bought their success but in a far more modest fashion and location than their oil rich neighbours at City.

It was another of those ‘I never thought I’d see the day’ moments when I heard the result come through.

They’ll be dancing on Wigan Pier.

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4 Responses

  1. And Wigan’s manager played for which Scottish club….?

  2. An amazing result – as some have said already probably only Wimbledon and Sunderland’s successes compare in the last 40 years.

  3. I watched the whole game and was enthralled by the strength of mind and positivity of Wigan.
    They showed the big egos of City that there is no I in team and that you can’t make a team on money alone

  4. Feckin’ great result for football, that.

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