2006–07 Wigan Athletic F.C. season

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Wigan Athletic
2006–07 season
Chairman Dave Whelan
Manager Paul Jewell
FA Premier League 17th
FA Cup Third Round
League Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer Heskey (9)
Highest home attendance 24,726 (v West Ham United, FA Premier League, 28 April 2007)
Lowest home attendance 14,636 (v Reading, FA Premier League, 26 August 2006)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2006–07 Wigan Athletic F.C. season was the club's 29th season in the Football League and their second season in the Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

The club struggled to repeat the successes of its previous season and fell victim to "second season syndrome". They were knocked out of both domestic cups at the first round of entry, and finished 17th in the league after securing Premier League survival on the last day of the season in an away win against Sheffield United, who were relegated instead on goal difference.

A day after the end of the season, manager Paul Jewell resigned after six years in charge of the club. His assistant manager Chris Hutchings was appointed as his replacement. Summer signing Emile Heskey (signed for a record fee of £5.5 million) finished the season as the club's top goalscorer with a total of nine goals, and left-back Leighton Baines won the Supporters' Player of the Year award, and the Players' Player award.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 5 5 83 27 +56 89 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 24 11 3 64 24 +40 83
3 Liverpool 38 20 8 10 57 27 +30 68 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38 19 11 8 63 35 +28 68
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 17 9 12 57 54 +3 60 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round 1
6 Everton 38 15 13 10 52 36 +16 58
7 Bolton Wanderers 38 16 8 14 47 52 −5 56
8 Reading 38 16 7 15 52 47 +5 55
9 Portsmouth 38 14 12 12 45 42 +3 54
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 7 16 52 54 −2 52 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round 2
11 Aston Villa 38 11 17 10 43 41 +2 50
12 Middlesbrough 38 12 10 16 44 49 −5 46
13 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 38 47 −9 43
14 Manchester City 38 11 9 18 29 44 −15 42
15 West Ham United 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 41
16 Fulham 38 8 15 15 38 60 −22 39
17 Wigan Athletic 38 10 8 20 37 59 −22 38
18 Sheffield United (R) 38 10 8 20 32 55 −23 38 Relegation to League Championship
19 Charlton Athletic (R) 38 8 10 20 34 60 −26 34
20 Watford (R) 38 5 13 20 29 59 −30 28

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1. Since the finalists of the 2006–07 FA Cup (Manchester United and Chelsea) and the League Cup winners (Chelsea) had already qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League through their Premier League positions, their 2007–08 UEFA Cup places were given to the 6th- and 7th-placed Premier League teams.

2.The highest-placed team who applied for the Intertoto Cup and not in an automatic UEFA Cup spot was awarded with a place in that competition. Blackburn Rovers occupied the Intertoto place, because Portsmouth and Reading did not apply.[2] A further place in the UEFA Cup was up for grabs via the Premiership Fair Play League. The winner is placed into a draw with the winners of Fair Play leagues in other countries. The representatives from the two countries that come out of the hat first are given a place in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round. Since the winners of the Premiership Fair Play League, Tottenham Hotspur, had already qualified for the UEFA Cup by virtue of their league position, their place in the Fair Play draw was given to Aston Villa. However, the places in the UEFA Cup were awarded to the representatives from Finland and Norway.

For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Competition.

Results[edit]

Wigan Athletic's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 2006 Newcastle United A 1-2 51,569 McCulloch
26 August 2006 Reading H 1-0 14,636 Heskey
9 September 2006 Portsmouth A 0-1 19,508
16 September 2006 Everton A 2-2 37,117 Scharner (2)
23 September 2006 Watford H 1-1 16,359 Camara
1 October 2006 Blackburn Rovers A 1-2 17,859 Heskey
14 October 2006 Manchester United H 1-3 20,631 Baines
21 October 2006 Manchester City H 4-0 16,235 Heskey, Dunne (own goal), Camara, Valencia
28 October 2006 Fulham A 1-0 22,882 Camara
4 November 2006 Bolton Wanderers A 1-0 21,255 McCulloch
11 November 2006 Charlton Athletic H 3-2 16,572 McCulloch, Camara, Jackson
19 November 2006 Aston Villa H 0-0 18,455
26 November 2006 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-3 35,205 Camara
2 December 2006 Liverpool H 0-4 22,089
6 December 2006 West Ham United A 2-0 33,805 Cotterill, Spector (own goal)
9 December 2006 Middlesbrough A 1-1 23,638 Camara (pen)
13 December 2006 Arsenal H 0-1 15,311
16 December 2006 Sheffield United H 0-1 16,322
23 December 2006 Chelsea H 2-3 22,077 Heskey (2)
26 December 2006 Manchester United A 1-3 76,018 Baines (pen)
1 January 2007 Blackburn Rovers H 0-3 14,864
13 January 2007 Chelsea A 0-4 40,846
21 January 2007 Everton H 0-2 18,149
30 January 2007 Reading A 2-3 21,954 Heskey, Landzaat
3 February 2007 Portsmouth H 1-0 15,093 McCulloch
11 February 2007 Arsenal A 1-2 60,049 Landzaat
21 February 2007 Watford A 1-1 18,338 Folan
25 February 2007 Newcastle United H 1-0 21,179 Taylor
3 March 2007 Manchester City A 1-0 39,923 Folan
17 March 2007 Fulham H 0-0 16,001
31 March 2007 Charlton Athletic A 0-1 26,500
7 April 2007 Bolton Wanderers H 1-3 18,610 Heskey
9 April 2007 Aston Villa A 1-1 31,920 Heskey
15 April 2007 Tottenham Hotspur H 3-3 16,506 Heskey, Baines, Kilbane
21 April 2007 Liverpool A 0-2 44,003
28 April 2007 West Ham United H 0-3 24,726
5 May 2007 Middlesbrough H 0-1 21,204
13 May 2007 Sheffield United A 2-1 32,604 Scharner, Unsworth

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2006-07 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 2007 Portsmouth A 1-2 14,336 McCulloch

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 19 September 2006 Crewe Alexandra A 0-2 3,907

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK John Filan
2 Sweden DF Andreas Granqvist (on loan from Helsingborg)
4 England DF Matt Jackson
5 England DF Fitz Hall
6 Netherlands DF Arjan de Zeeuw (captain)
7 Senegal FW Henri Camara
8 Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Kilbane[4]
9 England FW Emile Heskey
10 Scotland MF Lee McCulloch
11 Sweden MF Andreas Johansson
12 England GK Mike Pollitt
13 England GK Chris Kirkland
14 Netherlands MF Denny Landzaat
15 Nigeria FW Julius Aghahowa
No. Position Player
16 Ecuador MF Antonio Valencia (on loan from Villarreal)
17 England DF Emmerson Boyce[5]
18 Austria DF Paul Scharner
19 England DF Ryan Taylor
20 Republic of Ireland FW Caleb Folan[6]
21 Poland FW Tomasz Cywka
22 Wales MF David Cotterill
24 Australia MF Josip Skoko
25 England DF David Unsworth
26 England DF Leighton Baines
28 England GK Carlo Nash (on loan from Preston North End)
31 England MF Lewis Montrose
32 England MF David Owens
36 England DF Joey Waterhouse

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
2 France DF Pascal Chimbonda (to Tottenham Hotspur)
3 Scotland DF Stephen McMillan (retired)
8 Republic of Ireland MF Graham Kavanagh (to Sunderland)
15 England DF David Wright (to Ipswich Town)
20 Scotland MF Gary Teale (to Derby County)
No. Position Player
22 Republic of Ireland FW David Connolly[7] (to Sunderland)
23 Scotland DF Andy Webster (on loan to Rangers)
25 Bulgaria MF Svetoslav Todorov (on loan from Portsmouth)
27 Norway MF Kristofer Hæstad (on loan from Start)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Player From Fee Date Notes
England Fitz Hall England Crystal Palace £3,000,000 26-06-2006 [8]
Poland Tomasz Cywka Poland Gwarek Zabrze Undisclosed 05-07-2006 [9]
England Emile Heskey England Birmingham City £5,500,000 08-07-2006 [10]
Netherlands Denny Landzaat Netherlands AZ Alkmaar £2,500,000 18-07-2006 [11]
Barbados Emmerson Boyce England Crystal Palace £1,000,000 01-08-2006 [12]
Republic of Ireland Kevin Kilbane England Everton £2,000,000 31-08-2006 [13]
Wales David Cotterill England Bristol City £2,000,000 31-08-2006 [14]
Scotland Andy Webster Scotland Hearts Free[A] 04-09-2006 [15]
England Chris Kirkland England Liverpool Undisclosed 27-10-2006 [16]
England David Unsworth England Sheffield United Free 07-01-2007 [17]
Republic of Ireland Caleb Folan England Chesterfield £500,000 26-01-2007 [18]
Nigeria Julius Aghahowa Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Undisclosed 30-01-2007 [19]

Out[edit]

Player To Fee Date Notes
Grenada Jason Roberts England Blackburn Rovers £3,000,000 04-07-2006 [20]
Jamaica Damien Francis England Watford £1,500,000 14-07-2006 [21]
France Pascal Chimbonda England Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed 31-08-2006 [22]
Republic of Ireland Graham Kavanagh England Sunderland £500,000 31-08-2006 [23]
Republic of Ireland David Connolly England Sunderland £1,400,000 31-08-2006 [23]
England David Wright England Ipswich Town Undisclosed 11-01-2007 [24]
Scotland Gary Teale England Derby County £600,000 11-01-2007 [25]
England Matt Jackson England Watford Free End of season [26]

Released[edit]

Player Date Notes
Scotland Steve McMillan 04-03-2007 [27]
Netherlands Arjan de Zeeuw End of season [28]
England David Unsworth End of season [28]

Loans in[edit]

Player From Start Date End Date Notes
England Chris Kirkland England Liverpool 12-07-2006 27-10-2006[B] [29]
Ecuador Antonio Valencia Spain Villarreal 11-08-2006 End of season [30]
Bulgaria Svetoslav Todorov England Portsmouth 31-08-2006 31-12-2006 [31]
Norway Kristofer Hæstad Norway Start 01-01-2007 31-03-2007[C] [32]
Sweden Andreas Granqvist Sweden Helsingborg 01-01-2007 End of season [33]
England Carlo Nash England Preston North End 19-02-2007 18-03-2007 [34]

Loans out[edit]

Player To Start Date End Date Notes
Australia John Filan England Doncaster Rovers 06-10-2006 05-11-2006 [35]
Poland Tomasz Cywka England Oldham Athletic 01-11-2006 20-12-2006[D] [36]
England Mike Pollitt England Ipswich Town 15-11-2006 23-11-2006[E] [37]
Scotland Andy Webster Scotland Rangers 05-01-2007 End of season [38]
England Mike Pollitt England Burnley 11-01-2007 10-02-2007 [39]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ For more information about this transfer, see Webster ruling.
B. ^ Kirkland initially signed on a six-month loan, but the deal was made permanent on 27 October 2006.
C. ^ Haestad initially signed on loan until the end of the season, but the deal was ended early.
D. ^ Cywka was initially loaned out for a month, but the deal was later extended.
E. ^ Pollitt was initially loaned out for a month, but was recalled early by Wigan

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  4. ^ Kilbane was born in Preston, England.
  5. ^ Boyce was born in Aylesbury, England, but also qualified to represent Barbados internationally through his parents and would make his full international debut for Barbados in March 2008.
  6. ^ Folan was born in Leeds, England.
  7. ^ Connolly was born in Willesden, London, England.
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