Wigan Athletic v West Ham United – a little previous

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Wigan Athletic and West Ham United lock horns again on Sunday knowing that the visitors will be relegated should they lose or draw the game.  The game will be played in front of the biggest crowd of the season with the Hammers bringing 34 free coaches full of cocky cockneys eager to witness a great escape.

The hosts though will be ultra confident of picking up the three points on offer that will keep their season alive.  Latics will then travel to Stoke City the following weekend with their destiny more than likely riding on a victory against a team that plays in red and white stripes.  Does Sheffield United ring any bells?

History of the fixture,

07/01/1984 – FA Cup, 3 – (A) – 0-1 – 16,000
Tunks, Cribley, Comstive, Butler, Walsh, Methven, Langley, Barrow, Lowe, Taylor, Bruce

29/11/2003 – Division One – (A) – 0-4 – 34,375
Filan, (Jackson (sent off 42), Breckin, Eaden, Baines, (De Vos 43), Bullard, Jarrett, McCulloch (sent off 50), Liddell, (Lawrence 53), Horsfield, (Roberts 15), Ellington
(Debut for Jamie Lawrence)

09/05/2004 – Division One – (H) – 1-1 – (Neil Roberts) – 20,669
Filan, Eaden, Breckin, De Vos, Baines, Teale, Bullard, Farrelly, (Jarrett 71), Mahon, (McMillan 71), Ellington, Roberts N, (Liddell 85)

03/01/2004 – FA Cup, 3 – (H) – 1-2 – (Wayne Quinn (og)) – 11,793
Filan, Eaden, De Vos, Breckin, Baines, (Jackson 85), Teale, Bullard, Mitchell, McCulloch, Roberts, Ellington

15/08/2004 – The Championship – (A) – 3-1 – (Nathan Ellington 2, Jason Roberts) – 23,271
Filan, Wright, Jackson, Breckin, Baines, Teale, Frandsen, Bullard, McCulloch, (Eaden 84), Ellington, Roberts J, (Graham 89)

02/04/2005 – The Championship – (H) – 1-2 – (Jason Roberts) – 12,993
Filan, Eaden, Wright, Breckin, Baines, (Mahon 87), Teale, Bullard, Kavanagh, McCulloch, (Ormerod 710, Roberts J, Ellington

28/12/2005 – The Premiership – (A) – 2-0 – (Jason Roberts, Henri Camara) – 34,131
Pollitt, Chimbonda, De Zeeuw, Jackson, Baines, Teale, (Francis, 84), Bullard, Kavanagh, McCulloch, Roberts, Camara, (Connolly, 81)

25/03/2006 – The Premiership – (H) – 1-2 – (Lee McCulloch) – 18,736
Filan, (Pollitt 45), Chimbonda, De Zeeuw, Scharner, Baines, Teale, (Thompson 70), Bullard, Kavanagh, (Ziegler 75), McCulloch, Roberts, Camara

06/12/2006 – The Premiership – (A) – 2-0 – (David Cotterill, Jonathon Spector (og)) – 33,805 
Kirkland, Wright, Boyce, Hall, Baines, Cotterill, (Camara 80), Scharner, Skoko, (Landzaat 75), Kilbane, Heskey, McCulloch

28/04/2007 – The Premiership – (H) – 0-3 – 24,726
Filan, Boyce, De Zeeuw, (Unsworth 24), Jackson, Baines, McCulloch, Landzaat, (Scharner 46), Skoko, Kilbane, (Aghahowa 54) ,Heskey ,Camara

25/08/2007 – The Premier League – (A) – 1-1 – (Paul Scharner) – 33,793
Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Granqvist, Kilbane, Valencia, (Brown, 77 ), Scharner, Landzaat, Koumas, Sibierski, (Aghahowa, 38 ), Heskey

02/02/2008 – The Premier League – (H) – 1-0 – (Kevin Kilbane) – 20,525
Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Boyce, Kilbane, Valencia, Palacios, Brown, Taylor, (Koumas 84), Heskey, (Bent 57), King, (Sibierski 89)

16/08/2008 – The Premier League – (A) – 1-2 – (Amr Zaki) – 32,758
Kirkland, Melchiot, (De Ridder 83), Scharner, (Koumas 83), Boyce, Figueroa, Valencia, Palacios, Cattermole, (Sibierski 85), Kapo, Heskey, Zaki
(Premier League debuts for Lee Cattermole, Olivier Kapo, Daniel De Ridder and Amr Zaki who scored!)

04/03/2009 – The Premier League – (H) – 0-1 – 14,169
Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, (Ben Watson 78), Boyce, Figueroa, Valencia, Cattermole, Brown, (Scharner 64), N’Zogbia, Mido, Zaki, (Rodallega 64)

12/09/2009 – The Premier League – (H) – 1-0 – (Hugo Rodallega) – 17,142
Kirkland, Melchiot. Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, N’Zogbia, Diame, Thomas, Gomez, (Sinclair 90), Koumas, (Scharner 65), Rodallega, (Scotland 63)

24/04/2010 – The Premiership – (A) – 2-3 – (Jonathon Spector’s(og), Hugo Rodallega) – 33,057
Kirkland, Melchiot, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, N’Zogbia, (Scotland 90), McCarthy, Watson, Diame, (Scharner 90), Moreno, (Moses 38), Rodallega

27/11/2010 – The Premier League – (A) – 1-3 – (Tom Cleverley) – 34,178
Al-Habsi, Gobouri, Caldwell S, Thomas, (Watson 68), Figueroa, N’Zogbia, Stam, Cleverley, Diame, Gomez, (Moses 61), Di Santo, (Boselli 61)

Wigan Athletic/West Ham United links, 

Sekou Baradji, John Bond, Mark Bowen, Kenny Brown, Jimmy Bullard, Henri Camara, Roy Carroll, Paul Clements, David Connolly, Pete Cowper, Bill Green, Fitz Hall, Neil Mellor, Ahmed Mido, Mike Newell, Alex O’Reilly, Jack Tait, Bob Talbot, Svetoslav Todorov, David Unsworth, Mark Ward, Henry Williams

Other Wigan/West Ham United links, 

Thomas Brandon, Pete Cowper, James Holmes, William Johnson and James McRae all played fro Wigan Borough and the Hammers.

Did you know – former Wigan Borough player James McRae played in West Ham United’s first ever Football League game after joining the Hammers from Scottish outfit Clyde in June 1919?

The accompanying photograph shows action from the game played earlier this season at the Boleyn Ground and is used with kind permission of Bernard Platt and Wigan Athletic.

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