Bolton Wanderers F.C.–Wigan Athletic F.C. rivalry
|First meeting||26 December 1983|
|Latest meeting||21 March 2015|
|All-time series||Bolton: 17
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, 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.
Wigan suffered relegation from the Football League Championship on 28 April 2015, therefore putting the rivalry between the two teams on hold. At the conclusion of the 2015/16 season, Bolton were relegated to the Football League One, while Wigan earned an immediate return to the Football League Championship. As a result, the two teams will not have league meetings until at least 2017/18 season.
|Competition||Played||Bolton Wanderers||Draw||Wigan Athletic|
|Football League Trophy||3||2||0||1|
|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||JJB Stadium|
|28 Dec 2008||Premier League||Bolton||0–1||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|16 Mar 2008||Premier League||Wigan||1–0||Bolton||JJB Stadium|
|9 Dec 2007||Premier League||Bolton||4–1||Wigan||Reebok Stadium|
|7 Apr 2007||Premier League||Wigan||1–3||Bolton||JJB 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||JJB Stadium|
|2 Oct 2005||Premier League||Wigan||2–1||Bolton||JJB 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|
|2013–14||Dougie Freedman||2||0||1||1||Uwe Rösler|
|2015||Neil Lennon||2||1||1||0||Malky Mackay|
Crossing the divide
- Ali Al-Habsi
- Ádám Bogdán
- Paul Comstive
- Craig Davies
- Wayne Entwistle
- Simon Farnworth
- Gareth Farrelly
- Dave Felgate
- Per Frandsen
- Scott Green
- Chris Herd
- Emile Heskey
- Jussi Jääskeläinen
- Andy Kellett
- Tony Kelly
- David Lee
- Adam Le Fondre
- Paul Lodge
- Kevin McNaughton
- Ryo Miyaichi
- Sanmi Odelusi
- Neil Redfearn
- Ian Seddon
- Stuart Storer
- Greg Strong
- Andrew Taylor
- Steve Taylor
- Emerson Thome
- Chris Thompson
- David Thompson
- Reece Wabara
- Stephen Warnock
- Stuart Whittaker
- Kaiyne Woolery
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, Johnny Ball and Warren Joyce 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.
- Dean Crombie played for Bolton between 1987 and 1991 and was also on the coaching staff there for nine years. He is currently an opposition scout at Wigan as of 2016.
- 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, Andy Mitchell and Nick Worth have held the role of physiotherapist for both clubs.
- Sandy Stewart was assistant manager of Wigan under Coyle having previously held the same position at Bolton.
- John McGinlay held the position of chief scout at Wigan under Coyle 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.
- Lee Butler played for Wigan between 1996 and 1998 and in 2016 was appointed as the goalkeeping coach at Bolton.
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 criticised 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.