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01 December 2017 Venue Mill Farm Attendance

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Match Previews


30 November 2017

The Sky Bet League One leaders switch their focus to the Emirates FA Cup and Latics’ first visit to the Coasters.

  • Match Preview: AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic.
  • All of the key information ahead of the Emirates FA Cup second round.
  • Listen live on iFollow and watch live on BBC2.

KICK OFF 7.55pm

  • LATICS LIVE: The nation’s attention turns to BBC2 for the 7.55pm kick off.
  • iFOLLOW: Listen to full match commentary on iFollow.
  • SQUAD GAME: A who’s who of AFC Fylde’s first round team.


It’s the first ever meeting between AFC Fylde and Wigan Athletic when the two teams collide in the Emirates FA Cup second round at Mill Farm live on BBC2 on Friday evening.

The hosts are one of the most upwardly mobile clubs in the country having experienced five promotions in 10 seasons, climbing their way up from the North West Counties Division Two, all the way up to the National League.

The Coasters come into the game in fine form with five wins from their last six matches, including victories in previous rounds of the FA Cup, 4-2 against Kidderminster Harriers and 1-0 against Wrexham.

Latics themselves arrive at Mill Farm with just one defeat in six, and their last two performances have shown them to be a force, with six goals split over a 3-0 victory against Doncaster Rovers and last Saturday’s 3-1 win at Rotherham United, a triumph that saw Paul Cook’s men reach top spot in Sky Bet League One.


Latics – DWDLWW


Formed in 1988 as Kirkham and Wesham in Division One of the West Lancashire League, the club joined the North West Counties Division Two for the 2007-08 season and immediately went on to win promotion to the Premier Division in second place.  The same campaign brought about the club’s first and only visit to Wembley Stadium when 3,500 supporters roared their team on to win the FA Vase, coming from behind to claim a 2-1 victory against Lowestoft Town.

Back-to-back promotions were achieved when they sealed the Premier Division title in 2008-09 in a bizarre turn of events which saw the newly named AFC Fylde finish on a staggering 104 points, level with New Mills, but 28 goals better on goal difference.

In November 2011 current boss Dave Challinor arrived at Kellamergh Park, making an instant impact by leading the Coasters to the Northern Premier League Division One North title with 99 points.

A fifth place finish in the Northern Premier League followed in 2012-13 before a penalty shootout defeat to Hednesford Town in the play-off semi-final.

The following season Fylde secured yet another promotion when they beat Ashton United 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the final.  Challinor also led his side to the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy and Northern Premier League Challenge Cup.

Fylde impressed immensely in their first two seasons in the Conference North (and renamed National League North), but ultimately missed out in the play-offs in both of their attempts to reach the National League.

Ten years on from their admission into the North West Counties, Fylde moved into their current home Mill Farm and celebrated their state-of-the-art facility by achieving promotion, reaching the pinnacle of non-league football as champions of the National League North last season.

In 2007, chairman David Haythornthwaite set the club the target of reaching the EFL by 2022, a target Fylde are now just one step away from with five years to spare.


There are three current connections between the two teams and all three play their football at Mill Farm.

Midfielder Lewis Montrose was a trainee and latterly young professional with Latics in the early 2000s, making two senior appearances for the club.  Fellow ex-Latics young pro Josh Langley, son of Latics legend Kevin Langley, is Fylde’s club captain, but will be missing for the rest of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.  Defender Luke Burke is on loan with the Coasters from Latics and will also miss the cup tie due to a clause in his loan agreement.

Former Latics Development Squad forward and ex-Republic of Ireland youth international Matty Hamilton was on loan at Fylde in February 2015, and his old team mate Ryan Jennings spent a brief spell at Mill Farm in September 2016.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust coach and current Chester FC forward Craig Mahon spent time on loan at Fylde following his formative years at Latics as a trainee and young pro, but perhaps the most high-profile player to play for both sides is Stephen Crainey.

The Scottish defender was a fan-favourite during his time at the DW Stadium in 2013-14, before arriving at Fylde in 2015-16 via Fleetwood Town.

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Match Reports


1 December 2017

Danny Rowe's second half penalty earns AFC Fylde a second round replay in the FA Cup at the DW Stadium.

  • Match report from AFC Fylde 1 Latics 1 in the Emirates FA Cup second round.
  • Will Grigg's 40th Latics goal cancelled out by Danny Rowe's second half penalty.
  • Both sides in the hat for the third round draw ahead of replay at the DW Stadium.

Rowe 70 (pen)

Grigg 44

A frustrated Wigan Athletic side were forced into a second round replay in the Emirates FA Cup as Danny Rowe's second half penalty cancelled out Will Grigg's headed opener on a historic night for AFC Fylde at Mill Farm.

Latics controlled the vast majority of the game and created multiple chances through Grigg, Gavin Massey and Max Power, but the National League side stood firm to earn a DW Stadium replay.

Dan Burn and Massey were the only two changes from Latics' 3-1 victory at Rotherham United in Sky Bet League One, replacing Alex Bruce and Ryan Colclough, the winger missing out through illness.

Latics were quick out of the blocks and showed their dominance in possession during the opening stages, Massey the first to go close after a one-two with Grigg on the edge of the area.

Midway through the first half Grigg and Nathan Byrne gave a dress rehearsal of the opening goal when the full back's cross was turned onto the cross bar by the Northern Ireland international.

The hosts gave a good account of themselves in the first 45 minutes holding strong to deny multiple attempts from Paul Cook's side, but the Coasters' back line was eventually washed away in the penultimate minute of the half.

Byrne's trickery earned him space down the right, before he chopped inside to provide a beautiful delivery onto the head of Grigg who guided in his 40th goal for the club on his 100th appearance.

Fylde made a bright start to the second half, but it was Latics who carved out the first chance through Michael Jacobs.  Max Power's quick free kick caught the Coasters' defence off guard, before Jacobs whipped a right footed effort, only for Jay Lynch to tip the ball away with a fine save.

Lynch was on form again 10 minutes later when he somehow got a hand to Massey's snap shot in the area, after the winger had battled to win possession back and struck fiercely with a first time effort.

Minutes later the hosts' FA Cup dreams were reignited when captain Sam Finley looked destined to drive Rowe's cut back in for 1-1, only for Byrne to slide across and concede a penalty.

Hotshot Rowe stepped up and confidently dispatched from the spot for his 60th goal in 63th matches, sending the sellout crowd into raptures.

With confidence flowing through the white shirts of the Fylde players the final 10 minutes became cagey, but it was Latics who came closest to clinching an all important winner when substitute Nick Powell clipped a right footed effort narrowly wide of the right post in stoppage time.

The hosts held on gallantly in the closing moments, keeping their cup run alive and earning a second round replay at the DW Stadium.

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Montrose, Francis-Angol, Tunnicliffe, Bond, Finley (Capt) (J.Taylor 90+3), Rowe, Richards (Grand 89), Smith, Ezewele (Blinkhorn 62), Edmundson
Unused subs: R.Taylor, Tasdemir, H.Jones

Latics: J.Jones, Byrne, Morsy (Capt), Dunkley, Burn, James, Evans, Massey (Powell 72), Jacobs (Roberts 90), Power, Grigg (Toney 88)
Unused subs: Sarkic, Bruce, Elder, Perkins

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Ticket News


27 November 2017

We have a strictly limited number of returned tickets available for our Emirates FA Cup tie at AFC Fylde, to be sold via phone/in person at the DW Stadium Ticket Office from 9am on Tuesday 28 November.

  • Limited number of tickets available on general sale for Latics fans for trip to AFC Fylde on Friday night
  • Tickets will be sold via phone/in person at the DW Stadium Ticket Office from 9am on Tuesday morning.
  • Tickets are seated and all tickets are priced at £20.

Wigan Athletic have a strictly limited number of returned tickets available for Friday night’s Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie at AFC Fylde (kick-off 7:55pm).

Tickets will be sold via phone/in person at the DW Stadium Ticket Office from 9am on Tuesday morning.

Tickets are seated and all tickets are priced at £20.

To purchase tickets, call 0871 66 33 552* from 9am on Tuesday morning or visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office in person.

*calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline, call costs from mobiles may vary

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