2007–08 Wigan Athletic F.C. season

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Wigan Athletic
2007–08 season
Chairman Dave Whelan
Manager Chris Hutchings (until 5 November)
Frank Barlow (caretaker)
Steve Bruce (from 19 November)
Premier League 14th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Marcus Bent (7)
All: Marcus Bent (7)
Highest home attendance 25,133 (vs. Manchester United, Premier League, 11 May 2008)
Lowest home attendance 5,440 (vs. Hull City, League Cup, 28 August 2007)

The 2007–08 Wigan Athletic F.C. season was the club's 30th season in the Football League and their third season in the Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Under new manager Chris Hutchings, the team started the season well, winning two of their opening three games and briefly leading the Premiership table for the first time in the club's history. However, after going the next ten games without a win, Wigan found themselves in the bottom three.[1] Hutchings was sacked and Birmingham City's Steve Bruce was appointed as the new manager a couple of weeks later. Results began to improve, and the club steadily pulled away from relegation before finally securing their survival in their penultimate game in a 2–0 away win against Aston Villa.[2] The club finished in 14th place at the end of the season.

Wigan had little success in the cups, and were knocked out of the League Cup in their first game against Hull City. The club also made it to the fourth round of the FA Cup before losing 2–1 to Chelsea. Marcus Bent, on loan from Charlton Athletic, finished the season as the club's top goalscorer with a total of seven goals, and Paul Scharner was voted as the club's Player of the Year.

Squad[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

(Sources)[3] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Chris Kirkland
2 England DF Ryan Taylor
3 Sweden DF Erik Edman
5 Honduras MF Wilson Palacios
6 France FW Antoine Sibierski
8 Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Kilbane[4]
9 England FW Emile Heskey
10 Wales MF Jason Koumas
11 England MF Michael Brown
12 England GK Mike Pollitt
14 Jamaica FW Marlon King[5]
15 Nigeria FW Julius Aghahowa
16 Ecuador MF Antonio Valencia
No. Position Player
17 Barbados DF Emmerson Boyce[6]
18 Austria DF Paul Scharner
19 England DF Titus Bramble
20 Cameroon DF Salomon Olembé
21 Poland MF Tomasz Cywka
23 England FW Marcus Bent (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
24 Australia MF Josip Skoko
25 Netherlands DF Mario Melchiot (captain)
26 Netherlands MF Rachid Bouaouzan
27 Poland MF Tomasz Kupisz
31 Honduras DF Maynor Figueroa (on loan from Olimpia)
32 Norway DF Erik Hagen (on loan from Zenit St. Petersburg)

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
4 Sweden DF Andreas Granqvist (at Helsingborg)
7 Senegal FW Henri Camara (at West Ham United)
13 England GK Carlo Nash (at Stoke City)
No. Position Player
22 Wales MF David Cotterill (at Sheffield United)
Scotland DF Andy Webster (at Rangers)

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[7]

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
1 11 August 2007 Everton A 1 – 2 39,220 Sibierski Report
2 15 August 2007 Middlesbrough H 1 – 0 14,007 Sibierski Report
3 18 August 2007 Sunderland H 3 – 0 18,639 Sibierski, Heskey, Landzaat Report
4 25 August 2007 West Ham United A 1 – 1 33,793 Scharner Report
5 1 September 2007 Newcastle United A 0 – 1 50,461 Report
6 15 September 2007 Fulham H 1 – 1 16,973 Koumas Report
7 22 September 2007 Reading A 1 – 2 21,379 Bent Report
8 29 September 2007 Liverpool H 0 – 1 24,311 Report
9 6 October 2007 Manchester United A 0 – 4 75,300 Report
10 20 October 2007 Portsmouth H 0 – 2 17,695 Report
11 27 October 2007 Birmingham City A 2 – 3 27,661 Bent (2) Report
12 3 November 2007 Chelsea H 0 – 2 19,011 Report
13 11 November 2007 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 – 4 35,504 Report
14 24 November 2007 Arsenal A 0 – 2 60,126 Report
15 1 December 2007 Manchester City H 1 – 1 18,614 Scharner Report
16 9 December 2007 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 4 20,309 Landzaat Report
17 15 December 2007 Blackburn Rovers H 5 – 3 16,489 Landzaat, Bent (3), Scharner Report
18 22 December 2007 Fulham A 1 – 1 20,820 Bent Report
19 26 December 2007 Newcastle United H 1 – 0 20,304 Taylor Report
20 29 December 2007 Aston Villa H 1 – 2 18,806 Bramble Report
21 2 January 2008 Liverpool A 1 – 1 42,302 Bramble Report
22 12 January 2008 Derby County A 1 – 0 31,652 Sibierski Report
23 20 January 2008 Everton H 1 – 2 18,820 Jagielka (o.g.) Report
24 29 January 2008 Middlesbrough A 0 – 1 22,963 Report
25 2 February 2008 West Ham United H 1 – 0 20,525 Kilbane Report
26 9 February 2008 Sunderland A 0 – 2 43,600 Report
27 23 February 2008 Derby County H 2 – 0 20,176 Report
28 1 March 2008 Manchester City A 0 – 0 38,261 Report
29 9 March 2008 Arsenal H 0 – 0 19,676 Report
30 16 March 2008 Bolton Wanderers H 1 – 0 17,055 Heskey Report
31 22 March 2008 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 3 23,541 King Report
32 29 March 2008 Portsmouth A 0 – 2 18,623 Report
33 5 April 2008 Birmingham City H 2 – 0 17,926 Taylor (2) Report
34 14 April 2008 Chelsea A 1 – 1 40,487 Heskey Report
35 19 April 2008 Tottenham Hotspur H 1 – 1 18,673 Heskey Report
36 26 April 2008 Reading H 0 – 0 19,043 Report
37 3 May 2008 Aston Villa A 2 – 0 42,640 Valencia (2) Report
38 11 May 2008 Manchester United H 0 – 2 25,133 Report

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R3 5 January 2008 Sunderland A 3 – 0 20,821 Scharner, Cotterill, McShane (o.g.) Report
R4 26 January 2008 Chelsea H 1 – 2 14,166 Sibierski Report

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R2 28 August 2007 Hull City H 0 – 1 5,440 Report

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wigan 0–2 Chelsea". 3 November 2007. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Latics are safe". 3 May 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2007-2008/faprem/wigan.htm FootballSquads – Wigan Athletic – 2007/08
  4. ^ Kilbane was born in Preston, England.
  5. ^ King was born in Dulwich, London, England.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ [1]

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