However, on 24 July, talks with the preferred bidder broke down and administrators began negotiations with other parties, which continued into early August. The modern all-seater stadium was officially opened on 4 August 1999. Attendances fell to a lowest-ever Wigan Athletic League average of 1,845 by 1995. Wigan asked fans under the age of 12 to submit their ideas in March having retired their old mascot.
 Paul Stanley, Gerald Krasner and Dean Watson from Begbies Traynor were appointed as joint administrators. Gage finally admitted defeat when he sold the Latics to Dave Whelan on 27 February 1995 for around £1m. But as Boston's ground and facilities did not meet the Football League criteria for a League club, whereas Springfield Park did, Wigan Athletic were put forward for election to the league. There was no automatic promotion to the Football League until 1987, and at that time a club had to be 'voted out' of the League to allow a non-league team to be promoted in their place.
In 2014, hundreds of fans took part in a charity walk from Wigan to Bolton in aid of local charity Joseph's Goal. Play it now.  On 2 November 2018 IEC received shareholder approval to complete the acquisition of the football club, bringing to an end the 23 years of Whelan family ownership. Wigan Athletic went on a run to the quarter-finals of the League Cup, beating Premier League opponents West Brom, Manchester City and Fulham en route. Wigan Athletic won the Division Two championship in 2002–03 with a points total of 100, powered by the goals of then-record £1.2 million signing Nathan Ellington, with a run of 10 consecutive wins along the way.  July saw the departure of another key first team member Antonio Valencia to Manchester United. In the summer of 2008, Bruce signed Lee Cattermole from Middlesbrough for £3.5 million, and Egyptian striker Amr Zaki sign on an initial one-year loan. Published: 07:09 EST, 2 August 2019 | Updated: 07:51 EST, 2 August 2019. Sir Craven of Cottage, Fulham FC old mascot.
Whelan took the decision to sack Hutchings on 5 November 2007, after 12 games in charge, reinstating Bruce, who saved the club from relegation. On 26 September, they claimed their first three points against a "Big 4" team after beating Chelsea 3–1, with goals from Titus Bramble, Hugo Rodallega and Paul Scharner.
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However, it isn't the first mascot, and surely won't be the last, that has got fans talking online.  Joseph was Wigan's mascot in the 2013 FA Cup Final, led out by captain Emmerson Boyce.
The supporters club are a non-profit organisation run by volunteers and meet before home matches in the South Stand Bar. After a tense re-vote which Wigan won 29–20, Southport lost their place in the Fourth Division and Wigan Athletic became an English League club on 2 June 1978..  In 1950, Wigan Athletic came close to election to The Football League, narrowly losing out to Scunthorpe United and Shrewsbury Town.
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