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Retrieved 28 December Also central, the three-star Mercure Wigan Oak has free parking, a bar and restaurant. His forces successfully captured Preston but failed in assaults on Manchester and Lancaster and two attempts to capture Bolton. This page was last edited on 19 September , at Retrieved 16 December There is one parish church amid the town.
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Award Winning Hospitality The ideal way to experience the game in true style, be it a family event, a business treat, a birthday, retirement or other special celebration. Wigan won promotion back to the top flight the following season but Fairbairn lasted no longer than May before moving to Hull Kingston Rovers.
Maurice Bamford took over as coach of Wigan before being sacked in May and was replaced by Alex Murphy. Wigan became one of the first teams to go full-time professional in the league, this led to an upsurge in the fortunes of the club. Between February and October , under new coach, former New Zealand coach Graham Lowe , Wigan won a record 29 games in a row as follows: Wigan defeated Australian club Manly-Warringah 8—2 in front of a crowd of 36, at Central Park for an unofficial World Club Championship though many who were at Central Park still claim the attendance was closer to 50, From to Wigan won the Challenge Cup 8 seasons in a row including their 27—0 win over St Helens in , the first time any team had been held scoreless in a Cup Final at Wembley; this period was Wigan's most successful period to date.
John Dorahy became coach for the season. In a statement by the club, Dorahy was said to have been sacked for "gross misconduct". In his first month as coach, at the end of the —94 Rugby Football League season West secured the First Division Premiership Trophy against Castleford, and then traveled with the team to Brisbane, guiding them in their World Club Challenge victory over Australian premiers, the Brisbane Broncos in front of a WCC record attendance of 54, Even though Wigan dominated rugby league from to , it was the only season the club achieved this feat.
Wigan also played in a special 2 match challenge series against Bath RFC in , with one game played under league rules, and the other under union rules. Wigan won the league game 82—6 at Maine Road , but lost the return union game 44—19 at Twickenham. In July Andy Farrell was named the Wigan club's captain. Eric Hughes became coach of Wigan Warriors, replacing Graeme West in February following an early exit from the Challenge Cup in 2 consecutive years.
In , the club was renamed Wigan Warriors. After going out of the Challenge Cup to Salford in and St Helens in , they returned to Wembley for the final time in Still undefeated in the league and the fact coach John Monie - in his second spell at Wigan - had never lost a cup tie meant Wigan were huge favourites against the unfancied Sheffield Eagles.
But on 2 May the Eagles would go down in rugby league history causing the biggest upset in the competition's history with a 17—8 win. In November , coach Andy Goodway was sacked by Wigan chairman Maurice Lindsay after the Warriors' failure to win a trophy for the first time in 15 years. Maurice Lindsay also returned as director. The first game at the new stadium was a defeat in a Super League play-off match against Castleford on 19 September Frank Endacott joined Wigan Warriors as head coach after the season and in Wigan finished top of the Super League and reached the Grand Final for the second time but this time lost to St Helens 29— Wigan reached the Grand Final again the year after but lost to Bradford Bulls 37—4 which is still the biggest winning margin in a Super League Grand Final.
That year Andy Farrell also set a new club record for points in a season with In Endacott was sacked. In Wigan won their 17th Challenge Cup when they beat St Helens 21—12 at Murrayfield Stadium , 8 years after previously lifting the cup. Wigan coach Stuart Raper was sacked as head coach of the club on 29 July due to a lack of success. It was Mike Gregory's last match as head coach of Wigan, he travelled to the United States of America to get treatment for an illness that he contracted after an insect bite while in Australia.
Mike felt that during , he was able to return but the club blocked his return to work. Wigan also appointed Ian Millward as head coach.
Wigan did not have the success they expected under Ian Millward and in Wigan were bottom of the league and facing relegation from Super League. Wigan sacked Millward and replaced him with Brian Noble.
Ian Lenagan officially took over as chairman and owner on 1 December During the season, Wigan would go on to reach the Final Eliminator of the Super League play-offs.
However, the team lost that particular match by 36—6 against Leeds. The same fixture at the same stage of the season took place with Wigan coming out losers on that occasion also against Leeds by 18— Wigan confirmed via the official website that they had been granted charitable status on Wednesday 29 April This involves the club receiving extra funding to provide rugby league related activities to young people throughout North West England. Wigan confirmed in an official club statement on Tuesday 23 June that Gareth Hock tested positive for the primary metabolite of Cocaine; Benzoylecgonine , following an 'A' sample taken following a match vs Salford on Friday 5 June Wigan also confirmed that Gareth Hock was given a two-year ban, beginning June , from the sport as sample 'B' came back positive.
This is the first publicised incident of its kind in the club's history. The team also reached the Final Eliminator again. This time, losing out to St. Following that loss, Brian Noble , then head coach confirmed his departure.
Michael Maguire was appointed new Head Coach on 7 October Under new coach Michael Maguire Wigan started the new season with a 38 to 6 win over the Crusaders. Wigan won their opening 4 games to take them to the top of the Super League table. Wigan remained top of the league throughout the season.
During the Wigan club won 3 pieces of silverware. The club also swept the boards at the annual Man of Steel Award , with Sam Tomkins winning young player of the year, Mike Maguire won the coach of the year award, Pat Richards won the Man of Steel award and the club won the club of the year award. The match was the first visit to Wembley for Wigan in 13 years. After Maguire left to return to Australia, his assistant Shaun Wane, the former Wigan forward was given the role of first team coach for the season.
Wigan extended their record to 30 Challenge Cup Finals, winning 19 of them. The achievement marked the first time that a team had finished fourth and gone on to win the title. After Grand Final losses to St Helens in and Leeds Rhinos in , the Warriors reached the Grand Final again in despite injury problems ruling out several star players throughout the season. Wigan defeated the Warrington Wolves in a hard fought rematch of their contest to win their fourth Super League championship.
Until , the Wigan team played in blue and white hooped jerseys before changing the colours to cherry and white hoops. The colours cherry and white are synonymous with the club. From then, the home kits have consisted of the colours cherry and white in different variations, usually hoops, but still consisting of cherry and white. The Away or Alternate kit colours have usually been blue and white. Some fans assume this is because Wigan originally played in these colours before the switch to the cherry and white hooped kits and it would therefore be appropriate that these colours became the club's secondary kit colours.
The Away kits have been in different shades of blue over the years, royal blue, navy blue and light blue with varied designs. These designs have sometimes been hooped, one irregular hoop or just a block colour of blue. There have been a few exceptions, with a black and white alternative kit being used in , a black kit with red piping in , a black and gold kit in and a purple and black hooped kit in Wigan, like most teams, originally used the council's coat of arms as their club badge until the Super League era when many clubs rebranded.
Wigan became known as the Wigan Warriors and had a new club crest with the words Warriors and a warrior on it. Eventually the club reverted to an updated design of Wigan Council coat of arms. On the front of the shirt, Coral appears in the centre while Netsuite appear on the far top right and the far top left. Magners appear on the left sleeve while Ainscough appear on the right sleeve.
On the back of the shirt. Caliper Engineering and Light Distribution Ltd. Multipave appear on the right of their front shorts while MusclePharm appear on the right of their back shorts. The club played its first match at Folly Field on 30 November and remained at the ground for four years.
The club played at Prescott Street until the club disbanded. Wigan played their home games at Wigan Cricket Club on Prescott Street until when they moved to Springfield Park which they shared with the town's association soccer club Wigan United A.
The first rugby match at Springfield Park was played on 14 September and was between Wigan and Morecambe in front of 4, spectators. The record rugby attendance for the ground was 10, achieved on 19 March when Wigan beat Widnes. In Wigan moved to their purpose build rugby ground called Central Park.
Wigan played their first game at Central Park against Batley on 6 September which Wigan won 14—8. The last match at Central Park was against St Helens on 5 September , a game which Wigan won 28—20 in front of 18, supporters.
As Wigan developed into one of the most famous rugby league clubs in the world, Central Park also became one of the most famous. The try-less game, won 8—2, was played in front of a reported crowd of 36,, though many of those in attendance believed the attendance was actually closer to 50, Warriors have a year lease on the Stadium.
DW Stadium has an official capacity of 25, Shaun Wane was officially confirmed as new Wigan Warriors senior coach on 11 October It was confirmed at a press conference at the DW Stadium. Paul Deacon has also been appointed as an assistant coach after his role as a player in the and seasons. Kris Radlinski is the current Rugby General Manager at the club.
In during the tenth season of the current Super League championship format, the fans of Wigan RLFC voted for their best thirteen players of the 'Nineties' and the 'Noughties', called the Team of the Decade. This is a list of the ballot's resulting thirteen players. The club also has its own Hall of Fame for players the club recognises as having made a significant contribution to its success, especially during the late s, and early s when the club entered the most successful period in its history trophy-wise.
Wigan is one of the most well supported British rugby league clubs. During the season, in which the team was struggling to avoid relegation, the attendances were increasing as fans came to support the club and offer vocal support, many of whom may have not attended on a regular basis previously. The club averaged 16, per home game in In Wigan were officially the best supported club in Super League with a higher average attendance than nearest rivals Leeds Rhinos.
The club have now been confirmed as the best supported club for the last three seasons of , and As a gesture of thanks, the season saw the Wigan fans have the squad number 18 dedicated to them, a practice which has since continued each season. Joe Lydon commented "This is a new practice for clubs who recognise the extra special support which loyal fans can provide to their team in both good and bad times.
It is particularly apt for Wigan fans". From early , the Wigan fans have often chanted to the tune of The Entertainer. One of the beginning lines of this particular chant is "We're the Greatest Club in the World". The fans have their own supporters club, The Riversiders, who meet monthly and often have special guests at the meetings including past and present players, coaching staff and members of the Rugby Football League.
In some supporters set up a group to improve the atmosphere at both home and away games, known as the Wigan Brigantes, Brigantes being the name of the tribe that inhabited this and other large parts of northern England before and during the Roman era.
The group started by erecting flags across the South Stand gantry at the DW Stadium, beginning with 12 at the start of the season and grew steadily from there.
The group's banner had the phrase "Long After Tonight Is All Over" as a nod to the Jimmy Radcliffe song that was a staple of the Wigan Casino club during the Northern Soul era, and to show their rivals that their support would continue well after the final whistle had sounded.
This was particularly true of some of Wigan's away games during the season where their fans often stayed well over half an hour after the final hooter singing to the tune of "Dale Cavese". There is also a regular fans' forum meeting with chairman Ian Lenagan and the current head coach to discuss the latest issues concerning the club and the work that is being done behind the scenes.
So far every meeting has been a sell out. Wigan's fans and Wigan people in general are known as 'pie eaters' or 'pies' which is reference to the General Strike, when Wigan miners were forced to eat 'humble pie' and return to work before miners in other towns, even though they had been on strike before the other towns joined in. The club's strongest and fiercest rivalry is with St.
Matches, between the two teams are played traditionally on Good Friday and in previous seasons on Boxing Day. The clubs are often described as archenemies such is the history of the rivalry. The matches between the two clubs are said to have bragging rights at stake and banter between the fans of both clubs is commonplace. The rivalry is so fierce that matches between the two teams are one of only two sporting events to officially be given the title of The Derby.
Leigh Centurions are traditional rivals of the club and similarly matches between the two clubs are local derbies. The rivalry between these two clubs however has been muted due to the fact that the two clubs compete in different competitions and therefore do not play each other regularly. The club has forged a more recent fierce rivalry with Warrington Wolves following a resurgence in the club's success and Warrington's emergence as one of the most competitive teams in the Super League.
Leeds and Wigan have dominated Super League for the last decade, with either Leeds or Wigan winning Super League every year, aside from , between and Wigan confirmed via the official website that they had been granted charitable status on Wednesday 29 April via the "charitable arm" of the club the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation.
Wigan Warriors carry out extensive community work that stretches from Amateur Rugby League Football clubs to Schools as well as running highly successful community training camps for young people. A part of the community work is visiting primary schools to deliver a programme specifically designed for young people entitled 'Lessons for Life'. The programme is delivered via a geographic family of schools approach and results in each school receiving two hours of Rugby League coaching per week for a six-week period.
Additionally every school is offered the opportunity to start an extra curricular club and take part in a "Warriors Tag Festival". The club will now be able to deliver an even more extensive community programme via the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation [ dead link ].
The Gold award not only meets the minimum standards in all areas, but surpasses them and meets additional criteria too. Combined with education provider ProCo, Wigan have established a work based learning academy in the town to provide opportunities to young people whilst also providing a permanent base for its scholarship and academy squads.
The Work Academy has been given the name "Central Park" in reference to Wigan's former home and also makes reference to the education provider. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. History of Wigan Warriors.