Football Firsts – Wigan are making football history
It was a momentous day for all Wigan Athletic fans on Saturday when they defeated Millwall 2-0 to reach the FA Cup final. For the 22,000 fans who followed the team to Wembley - and the thousands watching on TV - it was a very special day. However, many people will not be aware of the uniqueness of Wigan 's achievement.
April 15th, 2013
Not only have the Latics achieved a first ever FA Cup final appearance and first ever Europa League qualification, but they have also created a unique place in English football history as the first team ever to get to all the domestic cup finals. After they have faced Manchester City on Saturday 11th May they will have played in the FA Trophy, Football League Trophy, League Cup and FA Cup finals.
Wigan’s Domestic Final Appearances
FA Trophy 1973 – Wigan Athletic 1 Scarborough 2
Freight Rover Trophy 1985 – Wigan Athletic 3 Brentford 1
Auto Windscreens Shield 1999 – Wigan Athletic 1 Millwall 0
Carling Cup 2006 – Wigan Athletic 0 Manchester United 4
FA Cup 2013 – Wigan Athletic versus Manchester City
Dave Whelan took over Wigan in 1995; under his stewardship the club has risen through the divisions, culminating in promotion to the Premier League in 2005. Now under manager Roberto Martinez, they have continued to defy the odds and maintained their Premier League status while reaching the final of the oldest football competition in the world.
What Wigan has achieved is truly remarkable, to go from Non-League team in 1978 to the Premier League, FA Cup Final and European qualification in 2013, can only be described as a modern football miracle.
It’s hard to imagine another club being able to emulate Wigan’s achievement, by rising up the football ladder and appearing in all the domestic finals, so the club’s place in the record books should be safe for a very long time to come.
Photo caption: Wigan Athletic V Millwall programme cover