During the 2014–15 season, a Fan Advisory Board (FAB) was set up by the club to allow supporters of Wigan Athletic to have a greater say on any issues they may have. The board meets every month to six weeks with the first meeting having taken place in November 2014.[50]

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On 25 March 2009 it was announced that Wigan Athletic would change the name of their stadium to The DW Stadium, after chairman Dave Whelan's commercial venture, DW Sports Fitness.[34]

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On 14 June 2013, Dave Whelan revealed that a deal had been agreed with Owen Coyle to become the new manager of Wigan Athletic replacing outgoing manager Roberto Martínez who left for Everton. He won his first game away at Barnsley before being defeated by Manchester United in the Community Shield.[20] Coyle left the club by mutual agreement on 2 December 2013 having won seven games out of twenty-three and having faced criticism by Latics supporters regarding his style of play.[21]

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On 7 March 2005 Greater Manchester police announced that they would stop policing Wigan Athletic matches at the stadium from 2 April. This move later, Wigan Athletic, facing the prospect of playing their home games in the Premier League in an empty stadium, paid the money they owed to the police. The club appealed against the payments in court and won, with the claims expected to earn the club around £37,000.[33]

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From 1973–1981 Wigan Casino was the location for Wigan's weekly Northern Soul all-nighters. The venue began as a dance hall called Empress Ballroom. Wigan Casino rose to prominence in the 1970s, and in 1978 was named "best disco in the world" by Billboard, an American music magazine. The building was gutted by fire in 1982 and demolished the following year.[110] This was the inspiration for the 1989 dance record Wigan by Baby Ford.

For 2013–14 Europa League fixtures held at the stadium, the ground was known as The Wigan Athletic Stadium.

Wigan Athletic Official Supporters Club (formally known as Wigan Athletic Supporters Travel Club) is the official supporters' association of Wigan Athletic Football Club. The supporters club are a non-profit organisation run by volunteers and meet before home matches in the South Stand Bar.

Wigan's victory in the 2013 FA Cup Final qualified them for European football for the first time, earning them an automatic place in the group stage of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.

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After losing their first ever game in Division One, Wigan Athletic confounded expectations to go unbeaten for the next 17 games and sit atop the division by November 2003. A weak finish saw Wigan Athletic win only three of their last 10 games to finish seventh in Division One – a last minute goal by West Ham's Brian Deane in the final game of the season saw the Latics drop out of the play-off places in favour of eventual play-off winners Crystal Palace.

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Wigan currently has two unofficial printed fanzines, Mudhutter Football Express[40] and All Gone Latics,[41] both of which are priced at £2.

The team were elected to The Football League in 1978, and competed in the Premier League from 2005 to 2013. They won the 2012–13 FA Cup, have also won League One and League Two and are two-times winners of the Football League Trophy, along with numerous regional football competitions from their time as a non-league club. The club embarked on its first European campaign during the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.

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In 2013, the club sold out their 22,000 allocation for the FA Cup Final and sold 20,000 tickets for the FA Cup semi-final. A total of 5,500 was also sold for the FA Community Shield in the same year.

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The Latics' most vocal supporters can be found in the East Stand of the DW Stadium which houses up to 8,206 fans[35] The South Stand of the ground is the family stand.

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On Boxing Day, over the years many fans have chosen to attend Wigan Athletic's match in fancy dress. This is particularly prominent with away fixtures on that day where the fans are known as the 'Banana Army'.[48] However, on Boxing Day in 2014 a boycott of the club's fixture against Leeds United was ordered by some supporters due to the ticket prices for the match at Elland Road. Around 750 away fans attended the match.[49]

Latics were elected to the Football League in 1978 and the club were promoted to the Premier League, the top division of English football, in 2005. The club were relegated in 2013[99] and suffered further relegation in 2015, meaning the club currently plays in the third tier of English football, Football League One. During the clubs spell in the top division, they were crowned 2013 FA Cup champions, defeating Manchester City in the final.[100]

A long-standing song sung by fans of the club is You Are My Sunshine.[36] In more recent times, I'm a Believer,[37] Hokey cokey, We Built This City[38] and Gold are among some the songs that have been adapted by Wigan supporters.[39]

Wigan Athletic won their first honours in the 1933–34 season, finishing as champions of the Cheshire League. In the following season, the club won a second league championship and also entered the FA Cup for the first time,[4] defeating Carlisle United 6–1 in the first round – a cup record for the biggest victory by a non-league club over a league club. In the 1935–36 season, the club won their third consecutive Cheshire League title and the Lancashire Junior Cup.


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Wigan's international-standard swimming pool was demolished in 2008. A new 25m pool opened in September 2011 in the Wigan Life Centre development.[101] The original 50m pool was built in 1966 at a cost of £692,000 (£11.6 million as of 2016),[102] Wigan BEST, named Wigan Wasps until 2004, is the town's swimming club. It has produced Olympic standard swimmers, including medal winner June Croft.[103][104][105]

Wigan's return to the Championship saw an average away following of over 1,200. This figure did not include Europa League,[44] Community Shield, League Cup[45] and FA Cup fixtures,[46] where on average supporters turned up in greater numbers.

Wigan Council take part in the town twining scheme, and in 1988 twinned with Angers in France.[39]

In 2014, hundreds of fans took part in a charity walk from Wigan to Bolton in aid of local charity Joseph's Goal.[47] Joseph was Wigan's mascot in the 2013 FA Cup Final, let out by captain Emmerson Boyce.

The 1,200 capacity multi-use Robin Park arena is located next to the DW Stadium.

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In the 1964–65 season, Wigan Athletic won their first Cheshire League title since returning to the league,[4] with top goalscorer Harry Lyon scoring 66 times. He remains the club's greatest goalscorer of all time. Wigan Athletic won four cup titles in the 1966–67 season (Lancashire Floodlit Cup winners, Liverpool Non League Senior Cup winners, Northern Floodlit League winners, Northern Floodlit League Cup winners) and were also Cheshire County League runners-up.[5]

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Wigan Warlords are an Inline Hockey team, current Under 16 national champions and European Bronze medalists. The club attracts players from Wigan and the surrounding areas.[107] Wigan's district badminton league consists of 30 teams across 3 divisions.[108]

Non-league football returned to the town in 2005 with the formation of Wigan Robin Park. However, the club folded just 10 years later in 2015.

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