2000–01 Wigan Athletic F.C. season

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Wigan Athletic
2000–01 season
Chairman Dave Whelan
Manager Bruce Rioch (until 27 February 2001)
Colin Greenall (caretaker until 4 April)
Steve Bruce (from 4 April)
Stadium JJB Stadium
Second Division 6th (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Semi-finals
FA Cup Second round
League Cup Second round
Football League Trophy Second round
Top goalscorer Simon Haworth (11)
Average home league attendance 6,774

During the 2000–01 English football season, Wigan Athletic F.C. competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

John Benson left after the end of the previous season, and former Arsenal manager Bruce Rioch was appointed in his place. Rioch had Wigan challenging for a play-off place but left in February; Wigan claimed that Rioch resigned, but Rioch insisted that he had been sacked. Former Manchester United player Steve Bruce took over and cemented Wigan's place in the top six, but they were knocked out of the play-offs by Reading in the semi-finals. Bruce then left to take charge of First Division Crystal Palace. Former Wigan striker Paul Jewell, who had previously led Bradford City to promotion to the Premier League but had failed to replicate the feat with Sheffield Wednesday, was appointed as his replacement.

Defender Arjan de Zeeuw was named Wigan's player of the season.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Millwall 46 17 2 4 49 11 11 7 5 40 27 89 38 +51 93
2 Rotherham United 46 16 4 3 50 26 11 6 6 29 29 79 55 +24 91
3 Reading 46 15 5 3 58 26 10 6 7 28 26 86 52 +34 86
4 Walsall 46 15 5 3 51 23 8 7 8 28 27 79 50 +29 81
5 Stoke City 46 12 6 5 39 21 9 8 6 35 28 74 49 +25 77
6 Wigan Athletic 46 12 9 2 29 18 7 9 7 24 24 53 42 +11 75
7 Bournemouth 46 11 6 6 37 23 9 7 7 42 32 79 55 +24 73
8 Notts County 46 10 6 7 37 33 9 6 8 25 33 62 66 –4 69
9 Bristol City 46 11 6 6 47 29 7 8 8 23 27 70 56 +14 68
10 Wrexham 46 10 6 7 33 28 7 6 10 32 43 65 71 –6 63
11 Port Vale 46 9 8 6 35 22 7 6 10 20 27 55 49 +6 62
12 Peterborough United 46 12 6 5 38 27 3 8 12 23 39 61 66 –5 59
13 Wycombe Wanderers 46 8 7 8 24 23 7 7 9 22 30 46 53 –7 59
14 Brentford 46 9 10 4 34 30 5 7 11 22 40 56 70 –14 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 11 5 7 35 26 4 8 11 18 39 53 65 –12 58
16 Bury 46 10 6 7 25 22 6 4 13 20 37 45 59 –14 58
17 Colchester United 46 10 5 8 32 23 5 7 11 23 36 55 59 –4 57
18 Northampton Town 46 9 6 8 26 28 6 6 11 20 31 46 59 –13 57
19 Cambridge United 46 8 6 9 32 31 6 5 12 29 46 61 77 –16 53
20 Swindon Town 46 6 8 9 30 35 7 5 11 17 30 47 65 –18 52
21 Bristol Rovers 46 6 10 7 28 26 6 5 12 25 31 53 57 –4 51
22 Luton Town 46 5 6 12 24 35 4 7 12 28 45 52 80 –28 40
23 Swansea City 46 5 9 9 26 24 3 4 16 21 49 47 73 –26 37
24 Oxford United 46 5 4 14 23 34 2 2 19 30 66 53 100 –47 27
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Results[edit]

Wigan Athletic's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 2000 Swansea City A 0-0 8,391
19 August 2000 Luton Town H 2-1 6,518 McGibbon, Liddell
26 August 2000 Wrexham A 3-1 5,271 Liddell, Haworth, de Zeeuw
2 September 2000 Walsall A 0-2 7,156
9 September 2000 Colchester United H 3-1 5,782 Haworth (3)
12 September 2000 Peterborough United H 1-0 4,798 Kilford
16 September 2000 Bristol Rovers A 0-0 8,109
23 September 2000 Northampton Town H 2-1 6,294 Haworth, Liddell
30 September 2000 Swindon Town A 2-2 4,895 Haworth, Green
6 October 2000 Reading H 1-1 7,021 Bradshaw
14 October 2000 Notts County A 2-2 4,567 Roberts, Redfearn (pen)
17 October 2000 Bournemouth A 0-0 3,035
21 October 2000 Port Vale H 1-0 6,275 Liddell
24 October 2000 Oxford United A 2-0 4,030 Green, Liddell
28 October 2000 Bury H 1-0 6,622 Kilford
4 November 2000 Rotherham United A 1-1 6,192 Griffiths
7 November 2000 Millwall H 1-0 5,822 Liddell
11 November 2000 Cambridge United H 2-1 6,537 Roberts, Wanless (own goal)
25 November 2000 Bristol City A 1-1 12,708 Carey (own goal)
2 December 2000 Brentford A 2-2 4,144 Ashcroft (2)
16 December 2000 Wycombe Wanderers H 2-1 5,779 Haworth, Roberts
23 December 2000 Stoke City H 1-1 8,957 Gunnarsson (own goal)
26 December 2000 Oldham Athletic A 1-2 7,750 Haworth
30 December 2000 Luton Town A 2-0 5,332 Haworth, Bidstrup
1 January 2001 Wrexham H 0-0 6,515
6 January 2001 Swansea City H 2-0 5,571 Liddell (2)
13 January 2001 Millwall A 1-3 15,317 Roberts
20 January 2001 Oldham Athletic H 3-1 8,274 Ashcroft, Redfearn (2)
27 January 2001 Stoke City A 0-2 16,859
2 February 2001 Walsall H 1-1 9,586 Ashcroft
10 February 2001 Colchester United A 2-0 3,275 Bidstrup, Liddell
17 February 2001 Bristol Rovers H 0-0 7,271
20 February 2001 Peterborough United A 0-2 4,111
24 February 2001 Northampton Town A 0-1 5,571
3 March 2001 Swindon Town H 0-0 6,563
6 March 2001 Notts County H 1-1 5,021 Bradshaw (pen)
9 March 2001 Reading A 0-1 12,307
17 March 2001 Bournemouth H 1-1 5,878 McGibbon
24 March 2001 Port Vale A 0-0 5,017
31 March 2001 Wycombe Wanderers A 2-1 4,939 McCulloch, Beagrie
7 April 2001 Brentford H 1-3 6,502 Haworth
14 April 2001 Oxford United H 3-2 5,322 Haworth, Ashcroft (pen), McCulloch
16 April 2001 Bury A 1-0 4,915 Balmer
21 April 2001 Rotherham United H 0-2 8,836
28 April 2001 Cambridge United A 2-1 4,776 McCulloch, Bradshaw (pen)
5 May 2001 Bristol City H 0-0 10,048

Second Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st leg 13 May 2001 Reading H 0-0 12,638
SF 2nd leg 16 May 2001 Reading A 1-2 (lost 1-2 on agg) 22,034 Nicholls

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2000–01 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 18 November 2000 Dorchester Town H 3-1 3,883 Roberts, Bidstrup, McIvor (own goal)
R2 12 December 2000 Notts County H 1-1 3,886 Ashcroft
R2R 19 December 2000 Notts County A 1-2 (a.e.t.) 3,349 Kilford

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 22 August 2000 Scunthorpe United H 1-0 2,725 Roberts
R1 2nd Leg 5 September 2000 Scunthorpe United A 4-1 (won 5-1 on agg) 2,062 Sharp, Kilford, Haworth, Liddell
R2 1st Leg 19 September 2000 Wimbledon A 0-0 1,941
R2 2nd Leg 26 September 2000 Wimbledon H 1-1 5,387 Haworth

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
Northern R1 9 January 2001 Oldham Athletic A 3-2 (a.e.t.) 2,551 McLaughlin, McLoughlin (2)
Northern R2 30 January 2001 Walsall A 1-2 (lost 1-2 on agg) 3,436 Padula

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Northern Ireland GK Roy Carroll
2 England DF Carl Bradshaw
3 England DF Kevin Sharp
4 Northern Ireland DF Pat McGibbon
5 Scotland DF Stuart Balmer
6 Netherlands DF Arjan de Zeeuw
7 Scotland MF Andy Liddell
8 England MF Kevin Nicholls
9 Wales FW Simon Haworth
10 England FW Lee Ashcroft
11 Argentina DF Gino Padula
12 Wales FW Neil Roberts
13 Scotland GK Derek Stillie
14 England DF Scott Green
15 England DF Gareth Griffiths
16 Spain MF Roberto Martínez
17 Republic of Ireland DF Hugh Dickson
18 England MF Ian Kilford
19 Denmark MF Stefan Bidstrup
No. Position Player
20 England MF Ged Brannan
21 Scotland MF Brian McLaughlin
22 England MF Darren Sheridan
23 England MF Andrew Morris
24 England DF Paul Mitchell
25 England DF Tom Spearitt
26 England MF Ian Johnson
27 England GK Lee Ellis
28 England DF Francis McMahon
29 England MF Joel Johnson
30 England DF Ben Kay
31 England MF Craig Cunningham
32 Scotland FW Paul Dalglish (on loan from Norwich City)
33 Italy GK Raffaele Nuzzo (on loan from Reggina)
34 England MF Alan McLoughlin
35 England MF Gary Rae
36 England MF Peter Beagrie
37 Scotland DF Stephen McMillan
38 Scotland FW Lee McCulloch

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
20 Netherlands Antilles MF Ferdino Hernandez (released)
29 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
32 England MF Neil Redfearn (to Halifax Town)
No. Position Player
33 England GK Kevin Pilkington (to Mansfield Town)
33 England GK Alex O'Reilly (on loan from West Ham United)
33 Wales GK Andy Marriott (on loan from Sunderland)

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