Catapult client Wigan Athletic have won their first major trophy in their 81-year existence, taking home the FA Cup title with a 1-0 surprise victory over the much-heralded Manchester City.
One of the smaller clubs in the English Premier League out of Greater Manchester, Wigan completed what some football analysts are claiming was the greatest upset since the FA Cup commenced in 1871 – making it the oldest football competition in the world.
With entry open to everyone from the largest clubs in England Wales right down to the amateur village teams in the region, the FA Cup has seen some surprises over the years with the knockout competition format allowing several ‘giant killers’ of smaller clubs over larger powerhouses.
Wigan won the match on a 91st minute header by Ben Watson, who recently returned from a lengthy rehabilitation with a broken leg that was monitored with Catapult technology, causing euphoria for Wigan’s loyal fans. Because they still have two matches to salvage their Premier League status, there was very little celebration from the Wigan team, however.
Manager Roberto Martinez said after the match “to be able to win the FA Cup against a powerhouse of European Football in Manchester City, in the manner that we’ve done is an incredible chapter of this competition”.