Bolton Wanderers F.C.–Wigan Athletic F.C. rivalry

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Bolton Wanderers–Wigan Athletic rivalry
Locale Greater Manchester
Teams Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic
First contested 26 December 1983
Most recent meeting 21 March 2015
Statistics
Number of meetings 45
All-time series Bolton: 17
Drawn: 12
Wigan: 16

The fixture between Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic is an English football rivalry played between the two clubs.

The two stadiums, the Macron 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,[1] 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 21 March 2015, playing out a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium with Martyn Waghorn scoring an injury time Wigan equaliser after youngster Tom Walker had earlier given Bolton the lead with his first ever senior goal.[2]

History[edit]

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Head-to-head record[edit]

Competition Played Bolton Wanderers Draw Wigan Athletic
League 37 13 11 13
FA Cup 3 2 1 0
League Cup 3 1 0 2
Football League Trophy 3 2 0 1
Totals 45 17 12 16

Results[edit]

Date Competition Home team Score Away team Stadium
21 Mar 2015 Championship Wigan 1-1 Bolton DW Stadium
3 Jan 2015 FA Cup Bolton 1-0 Wigan Macron Stadium
7 Nov 2014 Championship Bolton 3-1 Wigan Macron 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

Managers[edit]

Years Bolton Wanderers manager P BW D WA Wigan Athletic manager
1983–85 Scotland John McGovern 3 2 0 1 England Harry McNally
1985 Scotland Charlie Wright 1 1 0 0 Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
1985–86 England Phil Neal 4 3 0 1
1986–89 6 1 2 3 England Ray Mathias
1989–92 7 5 2 0 Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
1992–93 Scotland Bruce Rioch 2 2 0 0
2001–07 England Sam Allardyce 5 1 1 3 England Paul Jewell
2007–09 England Gary Megson 4 1 1 2 England Steve Bruce
2010–12 Republic of Ireland Owen Coyle 8 3 4 1 Spain Roberto Martínez
2013–14 Scotland Dougie Freedman 2 0 1 1 Germany Uwe Rösler
2014– Northern Ireland Neil Lennon 2 1 1 0 Scotland Malky Mackay

Connected to both[edit]

The following players have played for Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.

In addition to this a number of people have links to both clubs including:

  • Scotland Bruce Rioch has managed both teams, taking charge of Bolton between 1992 and 1995 and Wigan between 2000 and 2001.
  • Republic of Ireland Owen Coyle played for and managed Bolton and was for a short time the manager of Wigan in 2013.
  • Scotland Ian McNeill had two spells managing Wigan in 1968–1970 and 1976–1981 and was chief scout at Bolton between 1992 and 1996.
  • England Walter Crook, England Malcolm Barrass and England Johnny Ball played for Bolton and later managed Wigan.
  • England Mark Seagraves played for Bolton between 1990 and 1995 and was also on the coaching staff at Wigan under Paul Jewell's management.
  • Northern IrelandPhil 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.
  • England Andy May played for Bolton in 1988 and was on Wigan's coaching staff.
  • England Dave Galley and England Andy Mitchell have held the role of physiotherapist for both clubs.
  • Scotland Sandy Stewart was assistant manager of Wigan under Coyle having previously held the same position at Bolton.
  • Scotland John McGinlay held the position of chief scout at Wigan under Coyle having spent five years as a player at Bolton.
  • Scotland John Henry managed the Bolton Development Squad between 2010 and 2012 and took up a similar role at Wigan in 2013.

Controversies[edit]

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.

In the November 2014 fixture between the two sides, Wigan's Northern Ireland-born midfielder James McClean was strongly criticized for not wearing a poppy on his shirt as a mark of respect to those killed at World War's I and II. McClean later wrote an open letter to Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and the club's supporters explaining his decision. This game also proved to be the last in charge of Wigan for Uwe Rosler as he was relieved of his duties the following week.

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