Having been elected into the Football League in 1978 and spending the next quarter of a century in the bottom two divisions, finding inclusions for Wigan Athletics turn on our Match Of The Past series hasn’t necessarily been easy. However, we have managed to find six matches from the years between 1982 and 1997 for you this evening, starting off with their last home match from the 1981/82 promotion season, when the cameras of Granada Television (and a young Martin Tyler) were persuaded to Springfield Park for a match against Mansfield Town, and next up is a trip to Wembley from 1985, as Wigan take on Brentford in front of a crowd of almost 40,000 people in the final of the Football League Trophy. 

Next up comes a double-header from the semi-finals of the Division Three play-offs and a two-legged semi-final against Swindon Town, with the first leg at Springfield Park and the second leg at The County Ground. Finally, we have two matches from the 1990s. By 1993 Athletic were on their way back to the bottom division, but our match features them winning at Leyton Orient, and finally comes a match from another promotion season which this time ended with Wigan winning the Division Three (now League Two) championship title. This match is from the 1996/97 season, and is a trip to The Deva Stadium to play Chester City.

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