Wigan Athletic Football Club is a professional football club in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, which competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league.
Founded in 1932, the club have played at the DW Stadium since 1999, before which they played at Springfield Park. Wigan 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 with a 1–0 victory against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.
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Their colours are blue and white stripes, although all-blue shirts have been common throughout the club's history. The current crest used by Wigan Athletic FC is in fact the Arms of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan (which were granted in 1974 following the formation of the Metropolitan Borough through the coming together of 14 former districts).
The black diamonds on the shield represent the local coal-mining industry while the red roses represent the county of Lancashire.
The lion (couchant), crowned lion and castle are all taken from the Arms of the County Borough of Wigan while the Mountain Ash - or 'Wiggin Tree' - was chosen purely as a pun on the name of the district.
A sparrowhawk is taken from the Arms of Leigh and Atherton (two of the 14 districts that came together to form the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan) and originates from the Arms of the Atherton family. Motto: Progress with Unity.
One of Wigan Athletic's longest and recently forgotten rivalries was with nearby Lancashire based club Chorley, although the two clubs have not played a league game since 1971 when they were in the Northern Premier League.
Since Wigan Athletic's admission to the Football League in 1978, the club has built up several rivalries, mainly with Bolton Wanderers, the club's primary derby match since reaching the Premier League in 2005. They have other local rivalries with Manchester City, Preston North End, Oldham Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Bury and Rochdale.
Kevin James Langley (born 24 May 1964) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He made 427 appearances in the Football League, including a club record 317 for Wigan Athletic. Born in St Helens, Lancashire, Langley was working as a painter and decorator when he wrote to Wigan Athletic asking for a trial which resulted in him being offered an apprenticeship. He made his first-team debut aged 17 in September 1981, and over the next five years he played 160 league games for the club.
Nathan Levi Fontaine Ellington (born 2 July 1981) is a retired English footballer who played as a striker. He played for Bristol Rovers in 116 league games, before switching to Wigan Athletic in March 2002. He made 134 league appearances for Wigan before joining Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in 2005. Although he made 68 league appearances for the club, he struggled to settle in the area, and moved to Watford in 2007.
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