Wigan Athletic reveal new strip for 2007-08 season - plus your chance to win a home shirt!
The official Wigan Athletic website, was the first to offer images of the club's brand new home strip for the 2007-08 season.
Modelled here by Latics stars Ryan Taylor and Emmerson Boyce, the shirt will be released for sale on Thursday 14th June at a VIP launch night at the JJB Sports store at Robin Park in Wigan.
In another development, it is the first time the kit will be manufactured by leading sportswear manufacturer Umbro.
Brenda Spencer, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said:
"The kit is really striking. We have reverted to the highly popular vertical blue and white stripes which proved such a hit in our first Premiership season, complemented by blue shorts and white socks and I'm sure it will prove to be really popular with the fans."
Sports are teaming up with the club's media partners The Wigan Evening Post, the Wigan Observer and Wish FM for some great ways for fans to be the very first owners of the new shirt; look out for some great competitions to win the shirt!!
The lucky winners will be presented with their shirt at the VIP launch nigh, with Latics stars in attendance, along with two match tickets for the first home game of the season -
what better opportunity to wear your shirt than at the JJB for the new Barclays Premiership season!
Wigan Athletic F.C. was formed in 1932 following the demise of Wigan Borough the previous year. Wigan Athletic was the fifth attempt to stabilise a football club in the town following the demise of Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town and the aforementioned Wigan Borough. Springfield Park, the former home of Wigan Borough, was purchased by the club and were elected to the Cheshire County League.
The club's nickname is "The Latics", a corruption of the word 'Athletic', a nickname also shared by near neighbours Oldham Athletic.
When the two teams meet, it is known as The Latics' derby, for obvious reasons.
When league football resumed after the war, Wigan's local kit suppliers could only offer blue and white shirts due to clothing shortages so the Latics dropped their original red and white colours. After finishing bottom of the Cheshire League in 1947, Wigan joined the Lancashire Combination. They were champions in 1948 and over the next six seasons, the Latics won the title three more times.
Wigan Athletic Football Club is a professional football team based in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.
In 2003, Wigan were promoted to the Football League Championship for the first time, and in 2005 came second in the Coca Cola Championship to gain promotion to the Premiership. During the 2005-06 season, they reached the League Cup final for the first time and remained in the top half of the Premiership for nearly the entire duration of the season.
Wigan's current local rivals are Bolton Wanderers who had failed to beat Wigan in the FA Premier League (until Bolton's 3-1 victory at Wigan on April 7, 2006) but have finished higher in the league than Wigan for every season since 1987/88. Bolton Wanderers supporters, however, rarely feel the same rivalry for Wigan Athletic, with the rivalry being a fairly recent addition, due to Bolton having more regular rivals such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Oldham Athletic and Blackburn Rovers in their vicinity.
Wigan Athletic's mascots are JJ (Jay-Jay) and B (Bea) who make regular appearances at home fixtures. The two mascots are intentionally named to create JJB, the club's main sponsor. The former mascot of Wigan Athletic was almost identical to the more recent JJ but was named 'Springy' in reference to the home of the club at the time, Springfield Park.
1978-1982 Blue and white stripes, blue shorts, white socks
1982-1985 All blue
1985-1986 All blue with white hoop
1986-1988 White shirts with blue shoulder-facings, blue shorts and socks
1988-1989 Blue and white diagonally halved shirts, white shorts, blue socks
1989-1991 Blue shirts, white shorts, blue socks
1991-1993 All blue
1993-1994 Blue and black stripes, black shorts, blue socks
1994-1995 Blue and black stripes, black shorts, black socks with blue tops
1995-1998 White shirts with broad blue and green stripe, blue shorts, blue and white hooped socks
1998-2000 All blue with white stripe down both sides
2000-2002 All blue with white trim and green band
2002-2003 Blue shirts with white stripe down sides, blue shorts, white socks
2003-2005 Blue shirts with white pinstripes, blue shorts, white socks
2005-2006 Blue and white stripes, blue shorts, white socks
2006- Blue shirts with white shoulder panels and side stripe, blue shorts, white socks