VIDEO: The last time Wigan faced Millwall at Wembley

Roberto Martinez

Watch a clip from the last meeting between these two at the famous hallowed London ground.

We have to go back 14 whole years but Wigan Athletic and Millwall have met at Wembley before.

Since then the Football League Trophy has gone through two more incarnations. From the LDV Vans to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the time of asking the competition was known as the Auto Windscreens Shield.

On that day 55,349 people packed into the old Wembley stadium to see who would come out on top; the fact the stadium was packed full of 49,000 Millwall fans will not matter to Wigan fans. At the time Wigan were up-and-comers while Millwall were just out of administration and their chairman was Theo Paphitis of Dragons Den fame.

If you are looking for recognisable names from the game the likes of future Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll and current Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill were in the Wigan side that day. Meanwhile for Millwall youngsters Steven Reid and Tim Cahill both featured.

In the end it was a lack of concentration from a then 19-year-old Cahill that cost Millwall the game. In the 93rd minute he fell asleep on the edge of the box and Paul Rogers, and unlikely hero, stepped in and smashed home a left-foot half volley to score with one of the final kicks of the game.

Heartbreak for Millwall and elation for Wigan fans as they won the trophy for the second time in their history.

Here is a video of the goal courtesy of Paul Evans who found it on an old VHS. Roberto Martinez was injured for the tie and he will hope for retribution today.

Will it be a repeat performance this evening?

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