2002–03 Wigan Athletic F.C. season

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2002–03 Wigan Athletic F.C. season
Manager England Paul Jewell
Stadium JJB Stadium
Second Division 1st (promoted)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Andy Liddell (16)

All:
Nathan Ellington (22)[1]
Highest home attendance 12,783 (vs. Oldham Athletic, 21 April 2003)
Lowest home attendance 5,358 (vs. Wycombe Wanderers, 7 August 2002)
Average home league attendance 7,287[2]

During the 2002–03 English football season, Wigan Athletic F.C. competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

After considerable investment into the team, Wigan won promotion to the second tier of English football by winning the Second Division with 100 points, 14 clear of runners-up Crewe. It was their highest-ever finish in the Football League.

In the Carling Cup, Wigan reached the quarter finals with wins over Premiership sides West Bromwich Albion (3-1 at home, second round), Manchester City (1-0 at home, third round) and Fulham (2-1 at home, fourth round) before being knocked out by Blackburn Rovers after a 2-0 home loss.

Squad[edit]

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 England DF Paul Mitchell
3 Scotland DF Stephen McMillan
4 England DF Matt Jackson
5 Canada DF Jason De Vos
6 England DF Ian Breckin
7 Scotland MF Andy Liddell
8 Wales FW Neil Roberts
9 England FW Nathan Ellington
10 Scotland FW Lee McCulloch
11 Northern Ireland MF Peter Kennedy
12 Wales MF Michael Flynn
No. Position Player
15 England FW David Moore
16 England MF Tony Dinning
17 England MF Ged Brannan
18 England MF Jason Jarrett
19 England DF Nicky Eaden
20 Scotland MF Gary Teale
21 England MF Jimmy Bullard
25 England DF Chris Lynch
26 England DF Leighton Baines
27 England FW Greg Traynor
30 England MF Paul Santus
33 England GK Ryan Yeomans

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
13 Scotland GK Stewart Kerr (retired)
13 England GK Dave Beasant (to Brighton & Hove Albion)
14 England DF Scott Green (to Wrexham)
15 England FW Lee Ashcroft (to Southport)
No. Position Player
23 England DF Richard Edghill (to Sheffield United)
28 England DF Kieran Charnock (to Southport)
29 England DF Ian Pendlebury (to Leigh RMI)

Starting 11[edit]

Considering a 4-4-2 formation[3]
Considering starts in all competitions

References[edit]