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By ESPN Staff
Apr 8, 2006

Wigan success story to get US TV treatment

Wigan's remarkable success story is about to touch the heart of America.

A New York-based production company - who have worked with Manchester United and Tiger Woods - are filming a documentary about the club's debut season in the Premiership.

Instead of battling relegation, Wigan are hoping to claim a UEFA Cup spot and entertain Birmingham this evening.

The TV crew have set up home at the JJB Stadium and are also filming around the town.

Manager Paul Jewell said: 'It is a sign of the progress we have made.

'They have followed us in training but their guys have not been intrusive.

'The players are pleased because they got a free golf day out of it!'

Midfielder Graham Kavanagh claimed some of his team-mates were keen to impress on the course.

He said: 'One or two of the lads were desperate for the cameras to see their shots.

'It is interesting having a film crew around, although I try to stay as far away as possible.

'They are here because of the success we have had.

'The story seems to have captured the imagination of a lot of people, not just locally but across Europe.

'Now America is buying into it, which is marvellous.'

Jewell looks likely to stand by defender Paul Scharner against Birmingham even though his recent displays have been poor.

'He has not played well in his last two games, that's a fact,' said the Wigan boss.

'He is so eager to do well that sometimes his inexperience shows.

'But he will only learn the more he trains and the more he plays. He will be a good player for us.'