On May 11th 2013, Wigan made all of English football stand still when they stole the FA Cup away from Manchester City in dramatic fashion, thanks to an injury-time winner out of nowhere.
Winning the oldest cup competition in world football is an incredible feat regardless of the circumstances, but the Latics went a step further by lifting the trophy as the underdogs in their first-ever appearance in the final.
Roberto Mancini’s Premier League-winning side of 2011-12 losing to Wigan remains one of the cup’s greatest upsets to this day. Not only were Wigan at Wembley for the final for the first time ever, they would be relegated from the Premier League in that same season.
After winning the cup, their relegation to the second tier was confirmed in their next match when they lost to Arsenal. A whirlwind of emotions only football could muster up.
Despite the woes of relegation – which the Latics are yet to recover from – they held an open-top bus parade for their immense achievement and even more amazingly had booked themselves a spot in the Europa League group stages for the following campaign. Yes, really. A Championship side in the Europa League.
If that isn’t the magic of the FA Cup, we really don’t know what is.
Since that amazing day at Wembley for the Latics, it’s unfortunately only been downhill since. Wigan have found themselves freefalling into uncertainty, being relegated to League One from the Championship on four separate occasions, the fourth and latest relegation coming this season, having failed to make their promotion stick.
But amid all the tussles with promotion and relegation and the club unfortunately being passed around different owners, they’ll still always have that day in 2013, and the XI that made it possible.
With that in mind, we’re asking you to name the lineup that started on the day of the 2013 FA Cup final for Wigan. And if this gives you a taste for another quiz, why not try naming every team to reach the final of the competition since 1990?
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