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Wigan Athletic bus parade to celebrate first FA Cup

Roberto Martinez
Image caption Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday to claim their first FA Cup

Wigan Athletic will celebrate the first FA Cup title in the club's history with an open top bus parade through the streets of the town.

The club's players and staff will arrive in the town centre at 17:00 BST on Monday, with fans advised by the council to arrive an hour earlier.

Wigan Council said the bus will travel down Standishgate to Market Place, where players will take to a stage.

The team beat Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday to claim the cup.

Days later they were relegated from the Premier League following a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Club manager Roberto Martinez said: "This is a very special moment in the club's history and we want to thank everyone from our home town for the tremendous support we have received and the belief the town and the council has shown in us.

"We hope lots of people will turn out to celebrate with us, we're really looking forward to having the chance to see the whole town decked out in the club's colours again."

Leader of Wigan Council Lord Peter Smith said: "Wigan Athletic have achieved something that seemed like a pipe dream, but due to the hard work of Roberto, Dave Whelan and everybody at the club, that dream has become a reality."

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