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.
AFC FYLDE V WIGAN ATHLETIC
EMIRATES FA CUP SECOND ROUND
FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017
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.
PRE-MATCH BUILD UP
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.
FORM GUIDE – LAST SIX
AFC Fylde – WWWLWW
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.