Formed in 1932, Wigan Athletic is the 5th football team to carry the Wigan name. Reaching the Football League in 1978, the club finally reached the Premier League in 2005 where they remained till 2013 following relegation back to the Championship.
Their success in recent years is down to local businessman Dave Whelan, who bought the club when they were in the old Division 3 in 1995. That summer three of the clubs best known players signed, the 'Three Amigos' of Roberto Martinez, Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz. Since then, the club has had a new stadium built (DW Stadium); and three promotions in 17 years; and reached two cup finals (League Trophy Winners 1998/99, League Cup Runners Up 2005/06). Not many clubs in the UK can boast such a great record.
2013 was one of the most exciting years in the clubs history, and Pie Eaters Footie was here for it! Yet again the club found themselves battling against survival from relegation from the Premier League, yet at the same time we had an exceptional run to the FA Cup final. In four days which changed the history of the club, we went from beating Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup, to being relegated at Arsenal after a 4-1 defeat.
In 1926 when the rest of the countries miners where striking, the miners of Wigan were starved and so had to go back to work before their mining counterparts. The term 'Pie Eaters' comes from the fact that the town was known for making great pies, and it was said that the miners had eaten some metaphorical humble pie.