The highs and lows of Wigan Athletic

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From non-league to the Premier League in a quarter of a century, Wigan’s remarkable rise was bankrolled by local businessman Dave Whelan.

But now the Latics are facing the prospect of a return to English football’s third tier after announcing that they have gone into administration.

Here PA Media takes a look at some of the highs and lows of Wigan’s tumultuous recent history.

Soccer – Coca-Cola Football League Championship – Wigan Athletic v Reading – JJB Stadium
Wigan secured promotion to the top-flight in 2004 (Martin Rickett/PA)

1995: Local millionaire Dave Whelan, head of the JJB Sports empire, buys the club and declares his intention to lead them into the Premier League.

1999: The Latics beat Millwall at Wembley to win the Football League Trophy. In addition, they leave Springfield to move to the new 15,000-capacity all-seater JJB Stadium.

Burton Albion v Wigan Athletic – Sky Bet League One – Pirelli Stadium
Dave Whelan’s ambitious vision for Wigan was realised (Tim Goode/PA)

2005: Wigan’s success continues as the club reach the League Cup final, where they are thrashed by Manchester United.

2009: The Latics suffer an embarrassing 9-1 defeat to Tottenham and are also beaten 8-0 by champions Chelsea on the final day of the season – but they still avoid relegation.

On this day: Wigan stun Manchester City to win FA Cup
Ben Watson headed the winner in one of the greatest FA Cup shocks (Dave Thompson/PA)

2018: With a return to the Premier League looking increasingly unlikely, the Whelan family announce their decision to sell the club for £22 million.

2020: Wigan announce they have gone into administration, with an impending points penalty leaving them facing a huge battle to avoid relegation back into the domestic game’s third tier.

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