Chelsea v Wigan Athletic – a little previous

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Wigan Athletic travel to London on Saturday in desperate need of three points that will go a long way to helping ensure a seventh consecutive season of top flight football.
The trip to Stamford Bridge holds no fears for Roberto Martinez and his charges although past fixtures between the clubs does not make pleasant reading for the Latics faithful.

History of this fixture…

14/01/1980 – FA Cup, 3 – (A) – 1-0 – (Tommy Gore) – 22,300      
Brown, Fretwell, Hinnigan, Gore, Methven, Davids, Corrigan, Wright, Houghton, Brownbill, Urquhart, (Quinn A)
(Latics manager Ian McNeill later became the assistant manager and caretaker/manager of Chelsea)                     

11/11/1981 – League Cup, 3 – (H) – 4-2   (Mark Wignall 2, Les Bradd, Clive Evans) – 12,063              
Tunks, McMahon, Cribley, Wignall, Lloyd, Methven, Sheldon, Barrow, Bradd, Houghton, Evans
(Former Latics manager Ian McNeill was the assistant of Chelsea manager John Neal)

17/05/1982 – Noel Ward Testimonial – (H) – 0-0                                  
Brown, McMahon. Weston, Cribley, Wignall, Methven, Sheldon, Barrow, Bradd, Houghton, Evans
(Former Latics manager Ian McNeill was the assistant of Chelsea manager John Neal)                    

05/01/1985 – FA Cup, 3 – (A) – 2-2 – (Mike Newell, Paul Jewell) – 18,220  
Tunks, Butler, Walsh, Kelly, Cribley, Bailey, Lowe, Barrow, Jewell, Newell, Langley                           

26/01/1985 – FA Cup, 3 replay – (H) – 0-5 – 9,708
Tunks, Butler, Walsh, Kelly, Cribley, (Bruce), Methven, Lowe, Barrow, Johnson, Newell, Bailey                  

14/08/2005 – The Premiership – (H) – 0-1 – 23,575            
Pollitt, Chimbonda, De Zeeuw, Henchoz, Baines, Teale, Bullard, Francis, Mahon, Camara, (Johansson 86), Roberts          
(Debuts for Mike Pollitt, Pascal Chimbonda, Stephane Henchoz, Damien Francis and Henri Camara)        

10/12/2005 – The Premiership – (A) – 0-1 – 42,060            
Pollitt, Chimbonda, Henchoz, Jackson, Baines, Taylor, (Teale, 79), Skoko, Kavanagh, (Bullard, 73), McCulloch, Connolly, Roberts, (Camara, 73)
(Debut for Josip Skoko)                

23/12/2006 – The Premiership – (H) – 2-3 – (Emile Heskey 45, 73) – 22,077              
Kirkland, Boyce, De Zeeuw, Hall, Baines, Johansson, (Cotterill 72), Skoko, Landzaat, (Wright 84), Kilbane, Heskey, Todorov, (Teale 77)                           

13/01/2007 – The Premiership – (A) – 0-4 – 40,846            
Kirkland, Boyce, Hall, Unsworth, Baines, Cotterill, (Taylor 66), Skoko, Haestad, (Landzaat 73), Kilbane, Heskey, (Johansson 77), McCulloch
(Debut for David Unsworth)      

03/11/2007 – The Premiership – (H) – 0-2 – 19,011            
Kirkland, Melchiot, Granqvist, Bramble, Kilbane, Valencia, Brown, (Skoko, 85 ), Scharner, Landzaat, (Sibierski, 82 ), Koumas, Bent
(Ex Chelsea star Mario Melchiot was playing for Latics)  
(Chris Hutchings’s last game as manager)             

26/01/2008 – FA Cup, 4 – (H) – 1-2 – (Antoine Sibierski) – 14,661  
Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Scharner, Kilbane, Valencia, Brown, Palacios, (Sibierski), Taylor, (Koumas), Bent, Heskey, (Aghahowa)
(Ex Chelsea star Mario Melchiot was playing for Latics)                                  

14/04/2008 – The Premiership – (A) – 1-1 – (Emile Heskey) – 40,487          
Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Boyce, Kilbane, Valencia, Palacios, Skoko, (Koumas 56), Taylor, (King 79), Heskey, Bent, (Sibierski 64)
(Ex Chelsea star Mario Melchiot was playing for Latics)  

24/08/2008 – The Premier League – (H) – 0-1 – 18,139    
Pollitt, Melchiot, (Camara 85), Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Valencia, Cattermole, Palacios, (Kapo 80), Koumas, (de Ridder 46), Heskey, Zaki
(Ex Chelsea star Mario Melchiot was playing for Latics)  

28/02/2009 – The Premier League – (A) – 1-2 – (Olivier Kapo) – 40,714
Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, N’Zogbia, Cattermole, (Rodallega 69), Scharner, Brown, Kapo, Zaki, (Sibierski 89)
(Ex Chelsea star Mario Melchiot was playing for Latics)  

26/09/2010 – The Premier League – (H) – 3-1 – (Bramble, Rodallega (pen), Scharner) – 18,542
Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, N’Zogbia, Diame, Thomas, Scotland, (King 89), Rodallega
(Ex Chelsea star Mario Melchiot was playing for Latics)  

09/05/2010 – The Premier League – (A) – 0-8 – 41,383
Pollitt, Melchiot, Caldwell, (sent off 31), Gohouri, Boyce, Figueroa, N’Zogbia, Diame, (Scharner 71), McCarthy, Watson, (Thomas 62), Rodallega, (Moses 81)      
(This was Paul Scharner’s last game for the club)
(Ex Chelsea star Mario Melchiot was playing for Latics)  
(This game was played on the last day of the season and Chelsea won the Premier League championship courtesy of this stunning victory)

21/08/2010 – The Premier League – (H) – 0-6 – 14,476      
Kirkland, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Stam, Figueroa, (Boyce 84), N’Zogbia, Thomas, Diame, (McArthur 80), McCarthy,(Watson 79), Boselli, Rodallega                                            

Wigan Athletic/Chelsea links

Ken Bates, Dave Beasant, Davey Breen, Bobby Campbell, Franco Di Santo, Scott Flinders, David Glenn, Chris Hutchings, Colin Lee, Ian McNeill, Mario Melchiot, Paul Parker, Jason Roberts, Ron Suart, Kenny Swain, Emerson Thome, Bob Ward (phy).                  

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