We start in 1900. Wigan at the time had quite a poor team. Often playing matches without the required number of players and laguishing towards the bottom of the League table. It was only towards the end of the season that the team rallied and got to safety. Excitement started to grow again, despite still losing matches, as supporters started to make a comeback and travel away from home in their numbers. Due to their poor form, Wigan missed out on being included in the newly created Northern League which included the top teams of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
During the Wigan Rugby Football Clubs Annual Meeting on Thursday June 6, 1901 at the Railway Hotel (Club HQ), it was to be seen that the Clubs finances were in good order. Here is a slight breakdown:
- Subscriptions, receipts and donations: £129 11s. 9d.
- Gate Money: £658 17s. 6d. (2nd team £18 18s. 3d.)
- Watch Books (like a Golden Gamble-type prize): £30 19s. 1d.
- Transfers: £32 3s. 9d.
- Cup Gates: £11 6s. 6d.
- Total: £901 16s 10d.
- minus expenses...
- at present they were sub-tennants (sound familiar?)
- wished to have something to look forward to after the season
- increase to £240 rent after three-year tennancy by the landowners (if Wigan stayed)
- Offer of a ground at Greenough Street with favourable terms and long tenancy
- hands to be tied if they stayed at Springfield Park in terms of arranging matches and accomodating postponed matches - no progress
- Wishes to run an A team - couldn't try out new lads in reserve matches because they didn't have a reserve team!
- Wished to host Cup matches (Finals)
- Host Junior leagues and assist local charities
"It would be something to hand down to their younger generation when they were gone. The taking of the field off Greenough Street would be the best thing for Rugby Football that had ever happened in Wigan and the district"