Against all odds

November 5, 2004
By Ed Osmond
LONDON -- Wigan is a town steeped in sporting history but soccer has never contributed much to the silverware collection in a hotbed of rugby league.

That could all be about to change, however, with Wigan Athletic six points clear at the top of the second division, unbeaten this season and poised to complete an extraordinary 27-year journey from non-league football to the Premier League.

The rapid rise of the soccer team in Wigan, around 10 miles north of Manchester, has been ...

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