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GETTING TO KNOW: Wigan Athletic

Here's a look at the League One winners...

17 June 2022

We take a look at the League One champions who return to the Championship this season...

Stadium: DW Stadium
Capacity: 25,113
Year Formed: 1932
Nickname: The Latics
Most League Appearance: Kevin Langley – 317
Most League Goals: Andy Liddell – 70
Record League Win: 8-0 v Hull – Championship (14 July 2020)
Record League Defeat: 1-9 v Tottenham – Premier League (22 November 2009)

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Last Five Years

2021/22: 1st in League One – 92 points
2020/21: 20th in League One – 48 points
2019/20: 23rd in Championship – 47 points
2018/19: 18th in Championship – 52 points
2017/18: 1st in League One – 98 points 

 

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Manager – Leam Richardson

Born in Leeds, Richardson started his career at Blackburn Rovers and made his debut in 1999.

In July 2000 he moved to Bolton Wanderers where he played his part in helping Bolton return to the Premier League via the play-offs.

After loan spells with Notts County and Blackpool, he moved to Blackpool on a free transfer, before being released in 2005 and going on to join Accrington Stanley, making over 130 appearances and going on to be appointed as the caretaker manager.

In April 2013, it was revealed that Richardson had left Accrington to join Paul Cook at Chesterfield as his new Assistant Manager. In 2015, the two went on to manage Portsmouth, who were promoted to League One in 2017.

Richardson re-joined Cook at Wigan Athletic in 2017 and in their first season in command, they oversaw Wigan's promotion to the Championship and held them there for two seasons.

In 2020, Cook resigned as manager, and Richardson was named to oversee training until further notice. Richardson was named the club's permanent manager in April 2021, with three games remaining.

Richardson was named the EFL League One Manager of the Season for the 2021–22 season as he led the Latics to promotion to the Championship, with the club finishing the season as League One champions.

 

Connections:

Notable names to have connections between the two clubs through playing are Tom Bayliss, Danny Fox, Marko Marosi, Dujon Sterling, Marc-Antoine Fortuné, Peter Atherton, Martyn Waghorn, David Thompson, Marlon King, Nathan Cameron.

 

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Coventry v Wigan Head-to-Head:

Games won: 2
Games drawn: 2
Games lost: 4

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Last Time We Met – Wigan 1-0 Coventry City, Championship, 9 April 2016

A Will Grigg goal saw City fall short at the DW Stadium.

Sky Blues Xl: Joe Murphy (GK), Jordon Clarke (Christie, 56’), Richard Keogh, Martin Cranie, Chris Hussey, David Bell (Bigirimana, 56’), Oliver Norwood, Sammy Clingan (C), Gary McSheffrey, Alex Nimely (Platt, 56’), Cody McDonald.

Unused subs: Chris Dunn (GK), Jordan Willis.

 

Fact:

Founded in 1932, Wigan Athletic, has only been a member of the English Football League since 1978.


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