Wigan Athletic begin new era at Euxton

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WIGAN ATHLETIC started a new era today as they began life at their new Euxton training ground.

The Latics bought the complex in February from Bolton Wanderers, who needed to sell to ease their financial problems.

And after buying their training base, Wigan went on to swap leagues with their local rivals too, with  Bolton being relegated from the Championship and the Latics winning League One.

Wanderers remained there till the summer but after returning from a pre-season training camp in Portugal, Wigan’s first team and development squad spent their first full day of training at Euxton on Tuesday.

Their former training base, Christopher Park in Standish Lower Ground, will now be used by the club’s youth Academy.

While in Portugal, Gary Caldwell’s first-team squad had a friendly with SC Braga, fielding a different side for each half of a 0-0 draw.

The Latics have also arranged seven domestic friendlies, beginning with a trip to Chester FC on Wednesday.

But Jose Mourinho has his first game in charge of Manchester United when he takes the Premier League giants to the DW Stadium this Saturday (1.30pm kick-off) while Liverpool are also visiting a day later (4pm).

Wigan then visit Macclesfield (July 20), Rochdale (July 23), Oldham (July 26) and Fleetwood (July 29), before kicking off their Championship campaign away to Bristol City on Saturday, August 6.