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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Wigan wonder

When Wigan Athletic kept Chelsea at bay for 90 minutes in the opening game of the season I thought they were a decent side playing above their heads. Looking back, seeing the drubbings that Chelsea’s been giving other sides, and I see how that game was no fluke. Wigan are a heck of a good team.

At the start of season who would have ever used the words ‘Wigan’ and ‘Europe’ in the same sentence? That’s just what we have.

In 1993 Wigan were relegated to the Third Division and languished until local entrepreneur Dave Whelan bought the club in 1995. In 1997 Wigan won promotion to the Second Division, just nipping Fulham for the title. It took a few more years, but in 2003 the Latics achieved promotion to the Second Division. Finishing second in the Championship last year they made it to the top flight for the first time.

Coach Paul Jewell's side has earned 19 points in 9 games since losing the opening two encounters against Chelsea and Charlton. They sit level on points with Tottenham and Charlton. Considering that 40 or so points pretty much assures you of survival at the top, Wigan have, in less than a third of the season, earned half the points they need. Pretty impressive stuff from a club that, a decade ago, was nowhere.

Are clubs underestimating Wigan? Looking ahead to a derby or a match against the Arsenal’s and Manchester United’s? Probably a bit, but they better stop. Wigan’s run won’t last, but survival looks pretty much assured.

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Anonymous YOTAC said...

Well said that man.
At least a few observers of the game are finally beginning to wake up to the fact that Wigan are a good side who deserve to be in the Prem. Its fair to say Wigan have had to battle for a bit of respect, espescially with the inane sniping and name calling from the likes of Rodney Marsh pre-season. I shouldnt think that there are many teams actually looking forward to playing us now!

10/23/2005 9:07 AM  
Blogger Cathal Breathnach said...

I have seen alot of Wigan this season and I have to say I am very impressed. It seems as though they have a good team spirit and I am a great fan of their manager Paul Jewell.

To be honest, before the season had started I thought that they would come probably last in the league but now I think they will easily stay up and whose to say that in years to come they can't be a side that is challenging for European qualification every year.

I know they are in a comfortable position in the league at the moment but I just don't see them qualifying for the UEFA cup this season.

10/24/2005 10:18 PM  
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