COMMENT - Pride at a piece of sporting history

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THEY seem to make history every season. And with a fantastic FA Cup semi victory over Millwall, Wigan Athletic are at it again, not least by becoming the first team to reach the finals of all four domestic knock-out tournaments.

With a chance for ultimate glory and with nothing to lose at Wembley next month the Latics can rewrite those history books once more. And rather than its being an unwanted distraction, the final is the perfect lift and incentive for Roberto Martinez’s men to keep standards high and so retain Premier League status.

Yet we can already reflect with huge pride and satisfaction on a remarkable sporting achievement for a relative newcomer to professional football.

Perhaps with an FA Cup final under their belts - which will surely inspire yet more local folk to become fans - the Latics can finally lay to rest the tiresome and inaccurate cliches about and under-supported club and Wiganers only being interested in rugby league.

There aren’t many places which can boast two excellent teams capable of getting to Wembley finals.