Bolton Wanderers F.C.–Wigan Athletic F.C. rivalry
|City or region||Greater Manchester|
|Teams involved||Bolton Wanderers
|First contested||26 December 1983|
|Number of meetings||41|
|Most recent meeting||15 December 2013|
|All-time series||Bolton: 15
The two stadiums, the Reebok Stadium and the DW Stadium are separated by just 8 miles, creating a rivalry between the two sets of supporters. The fans of both clubs both consider the other to be one of their main footballing rivals, leading to a heated atmosphere at these matches. The derby has been contested throughout the divisions over the years including the Football League, and more recently the Premier League. Bolton were relegated from the Premier League in 2012 after 11 consecutive seasons in the top flight and Latics followed a year later in 2013 after 8 consecutive seasons in the top flight. The two clubs met most recently in the Football League Championship on 29th March 2014, drawing 1-1.
In a 2012 Premier League meeting, 17 Wigan Athletic supporters were banned by the club for several years as flares were set off during their 2–1 away win.
|Competition||Played||Bolton Wanderers||Draw||Wigan Athletic|
|Football League Trophy||3||2||0||1|
|Date||Competition||Home team||Score||Away team||Stadium|
|29 Mar 2014||Championship||Bolton||1-1||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|15 Dec 2013||Championship||Wigan||3-2||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|11 Feb 2012||Premier League||Bolton||1–2||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|15 Oct 2011||Premier League||Wigan||1–3||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|16 Feb 2011||FA Cup||Wigan||0–1||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|29 Jan 2011||FA Cup||Bolton||0–0||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|5 Jan 2011||Premier League||Bolton||1–1||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|23 Oct 2010||Premier League||Wigan||1–1||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|13 Mar 2010||Premier League||Bolton||4–0||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|17 Feb 2010||Premier League||Wigan||0–0||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|2 May 2009||Premier League||Wigan||0–0||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|28 Dec 2008||Premier League||Bolton||0–1||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|16 Mar 2008||Premier League||Wigan||1–0||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|9 Dec 2007||Premier League||Bolton||4–1||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|7 Apr 2007||Premier League||Wigan||1–3||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|4 Nov 2006||Premier League||Bolton||0–1||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|4 Feb 2006||Premier League||Bolton||1–1||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|20 Dec 2005||League Cup||Wigan||2–0||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|2 Oct 2005||Premier League||Wigan||2–1||Bolton||DW Stadium|
|10 Apr 1993||Division Two||Wigan||0–2||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|26 Dec 1992||Division Two||Bolton||2–1||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|18 Apr 1992||Division Three||Wigan||1–1||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|21 Sep 1991||Division Three||Bolton||1–1||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|16 Mar 1991||Division Three||Bolton||2–1||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|28 Sep 1990||Division Three||Wigan||2–1||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|16 Mar 1990||Division Three||Wigan||2–0||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|5 Dec 1989||Football League Trophy||Wigan||1–0||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|7 Oct 1989||Division Three||Bolton||3–2||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|9 May 1989||Division Three||Bolton||1–1||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|25 Oct 1988||Division Three||Wigan||1–1||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|25 Aug 1987||League Cup||Bolton||1–3||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|18 Aug 1987||League Cup||Wigan||2–3||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|7 Apr 1987||Division Three||Bolton||1–2||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|26 Sep 1986||Division Three||Wigan||2–1||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|9 May 1986||Football League Trophy||Bolton||2–1||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|6 May 1986||Football League Trophy||Wigan||0–1||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|29 Mar 1986||Division Three||Wigan||1–3||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|1 Jan 1986||Division Three||Bolton||1–2||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|6 Apr 1985||Division Three||Bolton||1–0||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|26 Dec 1984||Division Three||Wigan||1–0||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|21 Apr 1984||Division Three||Bolton||0–1||Wigan||Burnden Park|
|26 Dec 1983||Division Three||Wigan||0–1||Bolton||Springfield Park|
|Years||Bolton Wanderers manager||P||BW||D||WA||Wigan Athletic manager|
|1983–85||John McGovern||3||2||0||1||Harry McNally|
|1985||Charlie Wright||1||1||0||0||Bryan Hamilton|
|2001–07||Sam Allardyce||5||1||1||3||Paul Jewell|
|2007–09||Gary Megson||4||1||1||2||Steve Bruce|
|2010–12||Owen Coyle||8||3||4||1||Roberto Martínez|
|2013–||Dougie Freedman||2||0||1||1||Uwe Rösler|
Connected to both
- Ali Al-Habsi
- Paul Comstive
- Wayne Entwistle
- Simon Farnworth
- Gareth Farrelly
- Dave Felgate
- Per Frandsen
- Scott Green
- Tony Kelly
- David Lee
- Paul Lodge
- Ryo Miyaichi
- Neil Redfearn
- Ian Seddon
- Stuart Storer
- Greg Strong
- Steve Taylor
- Emerson Thome
- Chris Thompson
- David Thompson
- Stuart Whittaker
In addition to this a number of people have links to both clubs including:
- Bruce Rioch has managed both teams, taking charge of Bolton between 1992 and 1995 and Wigan between 2000 and 2001.
- Owen Coyle played for and managed Bolton and was for a short time the manager of Wigan in 2013.
- Ian McNeill had two spells managing Wigan in 1968–1970 and 1976–1981 and was chief scout at Bolton between 1992 and 1996.
- Walter Crook, Malcolm Barrass and Johnny Ball played for Bolton and later managed Wigan.
- Mark Seagraves played for Bolton between 1990 and 1995 and was also on the coaching staff at Wigan under Paul Jewell's management.
- Phil Hughes played for Wigan between 1987 and 1991 and was goalkeeping coach at Bolton between 2010 and 2012. He returned to Wigan in 2013 in a coaching role.
- Andy May played for Bolton in 1988 and was on Wigan's coaching staff.
- Dave Galley and Andy Mitchell have held the role of physiotherapist for both clubs.
- Sandy Stewart is currently assistant manager of Wigan having previously held the same position at Bolton.
- John McGinlay currently holds the position of chief scout at Wigan having spent five years as a player at Bolton.
- John Henry managed the Bolton Development Squad between 2010 and 2012 and took up a similar role at Wigan in 2013.