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Top ten facts and stats to know about Wigan Athletic.

October 15th, 2010 | 47 Comments |

A warm welcome to Wigan FC.
A warm welcome to Wigan FC.
It’s a welcome return to the Premier League this weekend following England’s dismal display against Montenegro, and with the return to club football comes the return of the Top Ten’s of United’s next opposition. This time it’s Wigan Athletic.

United head into the game looking to find some home form following frustrating defeats to Blackpool and Stoke City. If Chris Hughton reads these important facts it might give him the tactical edge over Mr Martinez in the Wigan dug out. You never know eh?

1. There isn’t much of a history between the two sides, with only 11 meetings between the two clubs, nine of which have been since Wigan’s promotion to the Premier League in 2005. And its The Latics who hold the better head-to-head record with five wins compared our four. Newcastle fans can, hopefully, take confidence from the fact that Wigan have yet to record a victory at Newcastle with United winning three and drawing two of the matches at St James’ Park. (more…)


Bouncebackability.

October 13th, 2010 | 212 Comments |

Sing your hearts out for the lads!
Sing your hearts out for the lads!
Bouncebackability is a funny word, and the origins of it remain fuzzy.

Some say that Iain Dowie made it up on the spot whilst covering a match on Soccer Saturday whilst other, perhaps more enlightened, folk claim that is was first used in ‘The Statistician’ back in 1998.

Anyway, I digress. However the word was created, whether that be from our furrowed browed former assistant manager or from anyone else, the meaning of the word will need to be applied this weekend.

Another home game, another winnable home game, and another opportunity to put some points on the board presents itself on Saturday afternoon, and this is an opportunity that Newcastle can ill afford to pass over. (more…)


Three points this weekend would lift us all!

October 12th, 2010 | 106 Comments |

Hughton - Can he cut? Maybe he can...
Hughton - Can he cut? Maybe he can...
I think it’s fair to say that the feeling of a fair few Newcastle fans would be lifted by us claiming three points against Wigan at the weekend.

It’s a must win game in the eyes of many, a feeling that I tend to agree with. After disappointing home defeats to Blakpool and Stoke, Hughton will need to ensure the team bounce back against Wigan.

In fairness we have been playing well, really well at points, and we have deserved more than we have got out of some games. Some poor luck, like against Blackpool, and some awful decision-making from certain match officials have transpired to work against us at times this season, and I feel that is contributing to the sombre (ish) mood amongst fans at the moment.

The reality is that depsite the bad luck and despite the fact we have been playing fairly well, it doesn’t change the fact that we have just the seven points to show for our efforts so far this season. It’s about time that changed! (more…)