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2017/ 2018 coverage now includes: Wigan FC's League One victory, highlights of the season and more!
The Premier League’s youngest club have come a long way since their foundation in 1932. This football book picks up Wigan’s fortunes in 1934, tracking their impressive rise through the divisions. Wigan FC have been a force to be reckoned with ever since, not to mention the myriad of fans they've accumulated over the years.
Fans can now indulge in football coverage from over the last 100 years, including newspaper reports, features and content that has rarely been seen since the newspapers first debuted. This truly is the number one gift for any diehard Latic fanatic!
Despite a few blips along the way, Wigan Athletic’s rise through the leagues has been nothing short of staggering. A local league side until 1978, the club were finally voted into the football league at the 35th attempt.
As you’d expect, these early years are covered, using reprints of original newspaper reports, along with their subsequent efforts to reach the Premier League – a goal they achieved under the ownership of Dave Whelan, in 1995. In turn, this book also charts the exploits of Lactics’ legends, including Kevin Langley, Andy Liddell and Jimmy Bullard.
Take a look at the contents to see what the book has to offer...
The book is available with a variety of presentation options, with the recipient’s Name and a Message printed on the certificate on the title page.
All the articles are printed on luxury paper, produced from fully licensed scans from the original newspapers. The books are always updated with the latest season and bound by hand in a hardback book.
The binding process takes four craftsmen/women over an hour to create each book by hand. To make the books even more exceptional, there are special editions with extra personalisation, available below.
Some of the editions are available with colour content and pictures from 2006 onwards. As well as the original black and white content, editions offering colour content and colour pages will include the colour content where available.
This Personalised Football Book is 'Tabloid' size 38 x 31cm, available in a selection of smart, high-quality covers. All reports in this book are taken from The Daily Mirror.
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Wigan was traditionally considered to be a rugby town, but a successful football club was finally founded in 1932. Wigan FC regularly competed in FA Cup competitions, but the Latics were not elected into the Fourth Division until 1978. Wigan won their first promotion in 1982, kicking off a decade of Third Division football. Local businessman and millionaire Dave Whelan bought the club in 1995. The Latics immediately began to progress and they won the Third Division Championship in 1996. Wigan came close to top flight football over the next few seasons, but finally reached the Premiership in 2005. The Latics finished their first Premier League season in tenth place – an impressive result for a newly promoted side.
A Wigan Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Latics. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Wigan Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Wigan memorabilia collection.
This Wigan Football Book opens with a 6-1 FA Cup tie win over Carlisle in 1934. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
The Wigan Athletic Football Book includes some of the Latics’ biggest games from the early years, when Wigan was still playing in the lower leagues. The Gift Book includes many other tremendous matches, such as Wigan's 2-2 draw against Newcastle United in the 1954 FA Cup third round, the 4-2 win over Chelsea in 1981 and the 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the 1999 play-off semi-final first leg. Read coverage of Wigan’s great rise up the leagues, including becoming Division Two champions in 2003, the 5-0 destruction of Crystal Palace later in that year and the 3-1 defeat of West Ham in 2004. The Wigan Books also feature reports on the club achieving the ultimate prize of promotion to the Premier League in 2005.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into the Latics’ history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Wigan memorabilia.
If you are a collector of Wigan memorabilia or looking for other Wigan gifts, why not consider our Wigan Calendar or Wigan Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Latics’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Wigan fans. Other presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and unique Wigan Athletic Mugs.