The story of Wigan Athletic Football Club is quite incredible. Traditionally known as a rugby league town Wigan Athletic FC was formed as recently as 1932 following the demise of four previous football teams, Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town and Wigan Borough.
Wigan Athletic had attempted on 34 occasions to join the Football League and, out of desperation even applied to join the Scottish Second Division in 1972. Finally though, in 1978 Wigan entered the Fourth Division at the expense of Southport.
Millionaire Chairman Dave Whelan
In 1995 local millionaire businessman David Whelan bought the club and famously stated, to almost universal disbelief, that he would take Wigan Athletic from the fourth flight of English football to the Premier League.
The Latics made reasonable progress over the following years, but it took the appointment of Paul Jewell as manager in 2001 to finally realise the dream. Amazingly on the final day of the 2004/05 season Paul Jewell's men defeated Reading 3-1 to clinch the second automatic promotion place and Premier League status was achieved.
Wigan Athletic is not a traditionally well supported football team with little tangible success. As a result Wigan DVDs are few and far between. However, occasionally the annual season review is released on DVD and this provides a great way to relive all the highlights and goals of a particular season.