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Head-to-Head against Wigan Athletic

28 January 2022

Club News

Head-to-Head against Wigan Athletic

28 January 2022

Wigan Athletic visit Cheltenham Town for the first time in nearly two decades on Saturday.

Their last visit was at the start of February in 2003 and they visit this weekend riding high at the top of the third tier.

Greg Lannon has been looking back at our three previous outings against the Latics.

Cheltenham Town 0-2 Wigan Athletic - 10th August 2002

Competition: Division Two (now League One)

Venue: Whaddon Road, Cheltenham

Attendance: 5,138

CTFC Line-up: Steve Book, Michael Duff, Neil Howarth, Richard Walker, Jamie Victory, John Finnigan, Russell Milton (Lee Williams 69), Mark Yates, Julian Alsop (Damian Spencer 84), Paul Brayson (Martin Devaney 69), Tony Naylor

Unused: Shane Higgs, Steve Jones 

Wigan Athletic line-up: John Filan , Ged Brannan, Jason De Vos, Matt Jackson, Tony Dinning, Jason Jarrett, Peter Kennedy, Lee McCulloch (Stephen McMillan 90), Nathan Ellington, Andy Liddell, Gary Teale (Scott Green 69)

Unused: Neil Roberts, Mike Flynn, Ryan Yeomans

Cheltenham Town and Wigan Athletic met in their first ever competitive fixture on the 10 August 2002.

Andy Liddell, who would later go on to be Wigan's top scorer, opened the scoring within the first 6 minutes of the game.

Cheltenham battled hard however Wigan were able to double their advantage through future Scotland international, Lee McCulloch in the 25th minute. Wigan were then able to see out their two-goal advantage and finish the game with a 2-0 win.

Wigan Athletic 0-0 Cheltenham Town - 1 February 2003

Competition: Division Two (now League One)

Venue: JBB Stadium

Attendance: 6,171

Wigan Athletic Line-up: John Filan, Nicky Eaden, Jason De Vos, Matt Jackson, Paul Mitchell (Stephen McMillan 65), Jimmy Bullard , Tony Dinning, Peter Kennedy, Nathan Ellington, Andy Liddell (Neil Roberts 76), Gary Teale 

Unused: Ryan Yeomans, Jason Jarrett, Ian Breckin 

CTFC Line-up: Steve Book, Michael Duff, John Brough (Shane Duff 11), Jamie Victory, Martin Devaney, John Finnigan, Antony Griffin, Grant McCann, Russell Milton (Mark Yates 76), Julian Alsop, Damian Spencer (Marvin Brown 50)

Unused: Tony Naylor, Shane Higgs 

After a big spending transfer window for Wigan, they hosted Cheltenham Town for the first time in their history.

After previously beating Cheltenham earlier that season they had high expectations of the outcome of the game.

Manager at the time, Paul Jewell opted to give a debut to his £275,000 January signing, Jimmy Bullard.

However, his price-tag didn’t fit the bill on this afternoon as Cheltenham fought well and the held future league winners to a well-deserved 0-0 draw.

Wigan Athletic 2-0 Cheltenham Town - 25 September 2021

Competition: League 1

Venue: DW Stadium

Attendance: 8,867

Wigan Athletic Line-up: Ben Amos, Max Power, Jack Whatmough (Curtis Tilt 60), Kelland Watts, Tendayi Darikwa, Tom Naylor, Jordan Cousins, Callum Lang (Gwion Edwards 89), Will Keane, James McClean (Gavin Massey 86), Charlie Wyke 

Unused: Sam Tickle, Jordan Jones, Stephen Humphrys, Tom Pearce

CTFC Line-up: Scott Flinders, Sean Long, Mattie Pollock, Lewis Freestone (Taylor Perry 45), Matty Blair, Chris Hussey, Liam Sercombe, Conor Thomas, Ellis Chapman, Alfie May (Kyle Vassell 60), Kyle Joseph (Christian Norton 77)

Unused: Owen Evans, Dylan Barkers, Elliot Bonds, Grant Horton

Goals from Callum Lang and Charlie Wyke saw Wigan cement their position on top of the League One table with a convincing 2-0 victory.

The hosts went ahead inside eight minutes, when Wyke took delivery of a long ball from Max Power before laying it across to Lang, who finished well.

Wyke fired home into the top left-hand corner just a minute after the restart.

Cheltenham battled hard to come back, however Wigan proved to be stronger, coming out on top and securing their place at the top of the division.

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