A decade of Wigan in the Premier League would be quite a depressing indication of what modern football is all about, for me anyway. Bank rolled up the leagues, no history, playing on a rugby pitch and 'supported' by a town that is apathetic towards football. I can't remember the club ever having produced any decent youth players either.
Look at Southampton as an example of (what I would call) a proper small/medium sized club. A good loyal core fan base, a respectable history, the production of copious amounts of talented young players and a great approach towards how they play the game (especially in recent times). It's sad to think that the premier league was deprived of a club like that for seven years while Wigan took their place. The only thing that I have against the Saints is that they left the Dell which was an awesome football ground.
Obviously these are just my opinions, I'm not trying to say that other people shouldn't like Wigan.
At the end of the day, if 'proper' football clubs were the only ones who deserve to be in the top flight, we'd spend all the time mourning Forest, Leeds, etc being in the lower divisions. Even clubs like Plymouth who have a core of awesome fans may 'deserve' it more than Wigan but at the end of the day they're just not good enough.
Wigan's attendance is a joke though (unless United are in town, least threatening home section for an away fan... ever).
re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread - Van Persieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
I thought Moses was a completely pointless transfer when they kept pushing but damn he's been really good, btw I also found the most random thing on Fifa before, the one and only MIDO (the next GOAT striker) is now at Barnsley.