West Ham face Wigan in another potential banana skin tie in the FA Cup this weekend, here are 10 facts about Saturday’s opponents:
1. Wigan were formed in 1932 following the winding up of Wigan Borough, it was the 5th time a football club was attempted to be established in Wigan.
2. Wigan were admitted to the League in 1978 at the expense of Southport.
3. Wigan’s first ever game was against Port Vale Reserves in 1932.
4. Owner Dave Whelan broke his leg in the 1960 FA Cup final while playing for Blackburn.
5. A Brian Deane headed equaliser for West Ham denied Wigan a play-off place in 2004, Deane’s goal allowed Crystal Palace into the final play-off spot and the Eagles went on to beat West Ham in the final.
6. Wigan suffered their record League defeat at the hands of Tottenham in 2009, former Hammer Jermain Defoe scoring 5 goals in the defeat.
7. Their first FA Cup game was a 1-1 draw with Great Harwood Town in the preliminary round in 1932, Wigan won the competition in 2013, the club’s only major honour to date.
8. Wigan recorded their record League victory just before Christmas, a 7-0 win over Oxford United
9. Former Striker Graeme Jones holds the record for most goals scored in a season (31) in the 1996/97 season. Jones is currently Assistant Manager of the Belgian national team alongside former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez
10. The two teams have played each other 21 times, West Ham winning 11, Wigan winning 8, with two draws. They have played each other twice in the FA Cup, West Ham winning both games 1-0 in 1984 and 2-1 in 2004. Wigan famously came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in May 2011, a game that confirmed West Ham’s relegation and signalled the end of Avram Grant’s managerial reign with West Ham.