Wigan Athletic

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
304 85 76 143 316 482 -166 331 8

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Emmerson Boyce 194
Maynor Figueroa 179
Paul Scharner 159
Chris Kirkland 131
James McCarthy 115
Hugo Rodallega 111
Ali Al-Habsi 101
Gary Caldwell 101
Mario Melchiot 97
Titus Bramble 96

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Hugo Rodallega 24
Henri Camara 20
Emile Heskey 16
Charles N’Zogbia 15
Paul Scharner 14
Franco Di Santo 13
Emmerson Boyce 11
Arouna Kone 11
Jordi Gomez 10
Lee McCulloch 10

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Hull City 0-5 Wigan Athletic 30th August 2008 2008-2009
Wigan Athletic 4-0 Manchester City 21st October 2006 2006-2007
Wigan Athletic 4-0 Newcastle United 28th April 2012 2011-2012
Wigan Athletic 3-0 Charlton Athletic 17th December 2005 2005-2006
Wigan Athletic 3-0 Sunderland 18th August 2007 2007-2008
Wigan Athletic 3-0 Blackburn Rovers 13th December 2008 2008-2009
Aston Villa 0-3 Wigan Athletic 29th December 2012 2012-2013
Reading 0-3 Wigan Athletic 23rd February 2013 2012-2013
Wigan Athletic 5-3 Blackburn Rovers 15th December 2007 2007-2008
Wigan Athletic 3-1 Chelsea 26th September 2009 2009-2010

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic 22nd November 2009 2009-2010
Chelsea 8-0 Wigan Athletic 9th May 2010 2009-2010
Wigan Athletic 0-6 Chelsea 21st August 2010 2010-2011
Wigan Athletic 0-5 Manchester United 22nd August 2009 2009-2010
Manchester United 5-0 Wigan Athletic 30th December 2009 2009-2010
Manchester United 5-0 Wigan Athletic 26th December 2011 2011-2012
Manchester United 4-0 Wigan Athletic 14th December 2005 2005-2006
Wigan Athletic 0-4 Liverpool FC 2nd December 2006 2006-2007
Chelsea 4-0 Wigan Athletic 13th January 2007 2006-2007
Manchester United 4-0 Wigan Athletic 6th October 2007 2007-2008

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Paul Jewell 2 14th May 2007
Chris Hutchings 1 5th November 2007
Steve Bruce 2 30th June 2009
Roberto Martinez 4 28th May 2013

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Manchester United 11th May 2008 25,133 2007-2008
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Liverpool FC 11th February 2006 25,023 2005-2006
Wigan Athletic 4-3 Manchester City 26th December 2005 25,017 2005-2006
Wigan Athletic 2-3 Arsenal 19th November 2005 25,004 2005-2006
Wigan Athletic 0-3 West Ham United 28th April 2007 24,726 2006-2007
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Liverpool FC 29th September 2007 24,311 2007-2008
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Chelsea 14th August 2005 23,575 2005-2006
Wigan Athletic 1-2 Manchester United 6th March 2006 23,574 2005-2006
Wigan Athletic 2-2 Aston Villa 19th May 2013 23,001 2012-2013
Wigan Athletic 1-4 Arsenal 11th April 2009 22,954 2008-2009

 

Intro

Wigan Athletic’s journey in the Premier League was exciting and enjoyable for their supporters. Their maiden campaign saw them as high as second in November 2005 before finishing 10th which turned out to be their highest top-flight finish. The Latics had a knack of pulling off heroic escapes and dramatic turnarounds in the Spring period having looked cast adrift at winter time. Their luck eventually ran out in 2013 but not before the supporters could enjoy a shock FA Cup final victory over Manchester City.

 

2005-2006

It was Paul Jewell who took Wigan Athletic into the Premier League and he masterminded a memorable debut campaign for them in the top-flight. After losing cruelly 1-0 on the opening weekend to reigning champions Chelsea, Wigan went on a marvellous run of eight wins in nine matches to take them into second spot in mid-November. Their form did eventually take a dip but Wigan remained in the top half all season, finishing a brilliant 10th with the likes of Henri Camara, Jimmy Bullard and Pascal Chimbonda impressing greatly.

 

2006-2007

With Chimbonda moving to Tottenham Hotspur and Bullard going to Fulham, it was always going to be a tougher second season in the Premier League for Wigan Athletic and so it proved. There were impressive performances from left-back Leighton Baines and summer signing Emile Heskey, who scored nine league goals but apart from a four-game winning sequence in late October and early November, Wigan’s form was iffy all season.

Going into the final day, they had to win at Bramwall Lane against Sheffield United or face up to relegation. Paul Scharner put the visitors infront and although Jon Stead equalised for Sheffield United, a penalty from January arrival David Unsworth (who had started the season as a Sheffield United player!) was decisive. Wigan’s 2-1 victory kept them up and sent Neil Warnock’s Blades down. Manager Paul Jewell resigned as manager 24 hours after their survival was confirmed.

 

2007-2008

Wigan owner Dave Whelan gave the manager’s job to Chris Hutchings, who had been Jewell’s no.2. He did start with two wins in his first three matches but that was as good as it got for Hutchings. Nine games without a win saw him fired after a home defeat in early November by Chelsea. Whelan began his pursuit of the Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce and was successful, bringing Bruce in towards the end of November.

His first win was a thrilling 5-3 success over Blackburn Rovers where Marcus Bent scored a hat-trick. Bent finished as top scorer despite only being on-loan for the season from relegated Charlton Athletic. Meanwhile, Paul Scharner’s excellence saw him voted as the club’s Player of the Year. Wigan ended up finishing 14th with safety secured by a fine 2-0 away win at Aston Villa on the penultimate weekend of the season.

 

2008-2009

It was a much more comfortable campaign for Wigan Athletic supporters who finished in mid-table in 11th place. Amr Zaki made a blistering start and although his star would fade, he finished as the club’s top goalscorer with 10, which included a blistering bicycle kick in defeat at Anfield. Wigan did reach as high as seventh after defeating Hull City 1-0 in March but a run of six defeats in seven ultimately saw them drop outside of the top 10 by the season’s end.

 

2009-2010

Steve Bruce left Wigan in the summer to take over at Sunderland and he was replaced by former Latics player Roberto Martinez, who had been managing at Swansea City. Martinez began with a brilliant away day victory at Villa Park, whilst there were enjoyable home wins over eventual champions Chelsea and Arsenal.

Maynor Figueroa’s long-range strike from the halfway line away at Stoke in December was voted Goal of the Season and Wigan avoided relegation, finishing in 16th and six points clear of the drop. However, they conceded 79 goals which was the most of any of the sides that survived, not helped by a 9-1 humiliation at Tottenham and an 8-0 loss on the final day at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

 

2010-2011

Wigan’s 2010-2011 season began with two heavy home defeats against newly-promoted Blackpool and Chelsea, shipping 10 goals in the process. There was a 1-0 triumph in their next fixture away at Tottenham Hotspur but their form was not good for much of the season and in early April, they were bottom of the division and looking like favourites for relegation. However, they won 3-1 at Blackpool, picked up priceless points against Everton and Aston Villa and pulled off two victories in the last two weeks at home to West Ham United and away at Stoke City to secure survival on the final day of the season.

 

2011-2012

Wigan’s joint-top scorer from the previous season, Charles N’Zogbia was sold to Aston Villa in the summer and it showed. Eight successive defeats in the season’s early weeks had Martinez’s men bottom of the table and set for a long winter. In fact, they remained in the bottom three for much of the campaign and the omens didn’t look good after a 1-1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion in March.

Then, their annual Spring escape began with a 2-1 away win at Anfield and Wigan would win seven of their last nine matches. This included a surprise win at The Emirates, a 4-0 demolition of Champions League qualifying contenders Newcastle United and a 1-0 victory at home to Manchester United. Antolin Alcaraz’s late header at Blackburn in the final week of the campaign secured another top-flight season for the Latics and they finished 15th.

 

2012-2013

Despite interest from Liverpool FC, Roberto Martinez stayed on at Wigan Athletic for what turned out to be another rollercoaster season for the club. As expected, Wigan spent much of the campaign at the wrong end of the table, although they did win away at Tottenham and beat Reading 3-2 where Jordi Gomez scored a hat-trick.

There were signs of another escape from the drop after back-to-back victories in March over Newcastle United and Norwich City but it never quite materialised this time around. A costly 3-2 home defeat to Swansea and a 4-1 defeat away at Arsenal ultimately saw Wigan’s Premier League adventure come to a sad end.

However, the supporters will always remember the FA Cup journey. Wigan blitzed Everton 3-0 in the quarter-finals and beat Millwall in the semis to reach the final at Wembley. No-one gave them a chance against big-spending Manchester City but the Lancastrians had other ideas. They frustrated City and in stoppage-time, Ben Watson popped up to score the winner from a corner to ensure a new name on the famous trophy.

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