2006–07 Wigan Athletic F.C. season
|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)|
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.
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.
Final league table
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Manchester United (C)||38||28||5||5||83||27||+56||89||2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|3||Liverpool||38||20||8||10||57||27||+30||68||2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|5||Tottenham Hotspur||38||17||9||12||57||54||+3||60||2007–08 UEFA Cup First round 1|
|10||Blackburn Rovers||38||15||7||16||52||54||−2||52||2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round 2|
|15||West Ham United||38||12||5||21||35||59||−24||41|
|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|
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. 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.
Wigan Athletic's score comes first
FA Premier League
|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|
|R3||6 January 2007||Portsmouth||A||1-2||14,336 (477 away)||McCulloch|
|R2||19 September 2006||Crewe Alexandra||A||0-2||3,907 (815 away)|
Left club during season
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Fitz Hall||Crystal Palace||£3,000,000||26-06-2006|||
|Tomasz Cywka||Gwarek Zabrze||Undisclosed||05-07-2006|||
|Emile Heskey||Birmingham City||£5,500,000||08-07-2006|||
|Denny Landzaat||AZ Alkmaar||£2,500,000||18-07-2006|||
|Emmerson Boyce||Crystal Palace||£1,000,000||01-08-2006|||
|David Cotterill||Bristol City||£2,000,000||31-08-2006|||
|David Unsworth||Sheffield United||Free||07-01-2007|||
|Julius Aghahowa||Shakhtar Donetsk||Undisclosed||30-01-2007|||
|Jason Roberts||Blackburn Rovers||£3,000,000||04-07-2006|||
|Pascal Chimbonda||Tottenham Hotspur||Undisclosed||31-08-2006|||
|David Wright||Ipswich Town||Undisclosed||11-01-2007|||
|Gary Teale||Derby County||£600,000||11-01-2007|||
|Matt Jackson||Watford||Free||End of season|||
|Arjan de Zeeuw||End of season|||
|David Unsworth||End of season|||
|Player||From||Start Date||End Date||Notes|
|Antonio Valencia||Villarreal||11-08-2006||End of season|||
|Andreas Granqvist||Helsingborg||01-01-2007||End of season|||
|Carlo Nash||Preston North End||19-02-2007||18-03-2007|||
|Player||To||Start Date||End Date||Notes|
|John Filan||Doncaster Rovers||06-10-2006||05-11-2006|||
|Tomasz Cywka||Oldham Athletic||01-11-2006||20-12-2006[D]|||
|Mike Pollitt||Ipswich Town||15-11-2006||23-11-2006[E]|||
|Andy Webster||Rangers||05-01-2007||End of season|||
Appearances and goals
- Up to end of season
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Premier League||FA Cup||League Cup|
|6||DF||Arjan De Zeeuw||23||0||21+1||0||0||0||0+1||0|
|Players transferred out during the season|
- 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
- "The Bain Man". 19 May 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- Spurs win may harm Rovers' Intertoto chances
- Kilbane was born in Preston, England.
- 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.
- Folan was born in Leeds, England.
- Connolly was born in Willesden, London, England.
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- "Norwegian Blue". 29 December 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
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- "Nash landing". 19 February 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
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