Latics face their first cup assignment of the 2014-15 campaign on Tuesday evening as Uwe Rosler’s side travel to Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium in the Capital One Cup first round.
It’s ten years since Wigan Athletic last entered this competition at its earliest stage with last season’s UEFA Europa League campaign allowing Latics to enter the competition in the third round.
Tuesday will be the first-ever meeting between the Brewers and Latics outside of non-league football with the two clubs’ paths only crossing previously on one occasion in the 1972 FA Trophy.
Micky Worswick scored a hat-trick on that day with Joe Fletcher and Paul Clements bagging the other goals as Latics went on to lose in the final of the tournament to Scarborough at Wembley.
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IN THE LEAGUE CUP
Latics, who were runners-up to Manchester United in the 2006 final, have entered the first round of the League Cup on 27 occasions, progressing to the next round 15 times.
Latics’ last first round tie - also against opposition from the fourth tier in the form of Grimsby Town (pictured below) - ended in defeat as the North Lincolnshire outfit ran out 1-0 winners at Blundell Park in August 2004.
For Burton Albion, the League Cup has produced mix fortunes since their maiden campaign in the Football League in 2009.
Heavy defeats to Reading, Cardiff City and Burnley ended their opening three cup adventures prematurely before the last two campaigns have produced consecutive first round wins at Sheffield United.
BURTON ALBION – A BRIEF HISTORY
Founded just 64 years ago in 1950, Burton Albion’s rise to the Football League has been quite remarkable given their small beginnings – similarly to Latics – in the Birmingham & District League.
Nigel Clough was the man responsible for taking the Brewers into the league, leading the Staffordshire side to the Conference title in 2009.
A move to the third tier seems imminent, though, with Clough’s replacement Paul Peschisolido providing some stability before current boss Gary Rowett led the Brewers to fourth and sixth place finishes in the last two seasons only to see play-off defeats halt their progress.
Latics opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Reading
whilst Lucas Akins, a summer signing from Stevenage, scored on his debut to give Burton a 1-0 win at Oxford United in Sky Bet League Two.