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Wigan Warriors
The JJB Stadium
Robin Park
Wigan
WN5 0UH | map
Lancashire
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The story of the club begins with the formation of Wigan F.C. late in 1872 by members of Wigan Cricket Club. The team's first competitive game was a draw against Warrington in 1873. Financial struggles led to a merger with Upholland F.C. in 1876 to form Wigan and District F.C. Ultimately, this was to prove insufficient to save the club and it folded around 1878. In 1879, however, the team was replaced by the newly formed Wigan Wasps. It was not too long before the Wigan team were in the trouble with the RFU, who suspended the club for breaking the strict amateur code. Wigan argued that its working class players needed compensation for missed time at work (known as 'broken-time' payments). In 1895 this issue led to the breakaway of 22 clubs, including Wigan, to form the Northern Rugby Union and thus, ultimately, the code of Rugby League. Wigan is one of the most successful Rugby League clubs in the world. The team has 17 Challenge cup titles and 17 League championships to its name. It has also won three World Club Challenge titles. During the early 1990's Wigan was virtually untouchable in Rugby League, winning seven consecutive League titles and six consecutive Challenge Cups.


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