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.
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.