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Match Previews


20 October 2017

Latics hope to become first side to win at Bloomfield Road in 12 matches in all competitions when they face Gary Bowyer’s Blackpool on Saturday.

  • Match Preview: Blackpool v Wigan Athletic
  • 2,100 Latics fans heading to back their side at Bloomfield Road
  • Latics looking to extend unbeaten run to six games in Sky Bet League One



Latics face one of, in not, their toughest tests to date in Sky Bet League One as they head to Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.

Gary Bowyer’s side are unbeaten at home in 12 matches in all competitions and have conceded just three league goals on their own patch this campaign.

Latics, though, backed by 2,100 away supporters will be buoyed by a five-match unbeaten run, which has seen Paul Cook’s side go five points clear of third place Bradford City.

A win on Saturday would see Latics go back to the top of Sky Bet League One should Shrewsbury not beat Fleetwood Town at home – Paul Hurst’s side remain unbeaten in the league this campaign, though.

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer - impressing as Blackpool manager


Will Grigg will face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines after picking up an injury at Gillingham on Tuesday, whilst Christian Walton, Ryan Colclough, Shaun MacDonald and Craig Morgan are all continuing their recoveries.

Lee Evans will serve the final game of his three-match ban.

For Blackpool, Bowyer will wait on the fitness of Jimmy Ryan, who missed Tuesday night’s win over Bury after he picked up an injury in the warm-up.

Jimmy Ryan

Jimmy Ryan missed Tuesday night's win over Bury for the Seasiders.


LATICS - LWWWWD – 13 points



This will be the third time the two sides have met this season after Latics beat the Seasiders in both the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, the latter of which was on penalties at Bloomfield Road.

This will be the 43rd competitive meeting of the two sides, with Latics winning on 19 occasions, Blackpool 13, whilst there have been 10 draws.

Four of our last five visits to Bloomfield Road have ended in victory – including the aforementioned Checkatrade Trophy penalty shootout win – with two 3-1 wins and a 4-0 victory contributing to enjoyable away days.

In 2013, we lost at Blackpool, Tom Ince scoring a penalty for the hosts and James McClean being sent off for Latics.

Max Power and Ryan Colclough

Ryan Colclough and Max Power celebrate promotion on our last league visit to Blackpool.

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Match Reports


21 October 2017

Paul Cook's men pick up important three points at Bloomfield Road as David Perkins and Chey Dunkley get off the mark for

  • Report: Blackpool 1 - 3 Wigan Athletic 
  • David Perkins scored his first goal for the club on his 83rd appearance whilst Chey Dunkley scored twice to open 
  • Win extends unbeaten run to six games.

A brace from Chey Dunkley and a goal from David Perkins earned Latics all three points in terrible conditions at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.

The Seasiders went ahead early on through Kyle Vassell as he capitalised on a defensive error to poke past Jamie Jones at the near post.

Dunkley equalised though in first half stoppage time when he stabbed past Ryan Allsop in the home goal before netting again early in the second half.

Substitute David Perkins put the game beyond doubt late on when he finished confidently inside the area to score his first goal for the club.

Paul Cook named an unchanged side to the team that drew 1-1 at Gillingham on Tuesday night, with Terell Thomas replacing the injured Will Grigg on the bench.

Blackpool started the better of the two teams and took the lead in the eighth minute as Vassell took advantage of a mistake at the back to score from close range.

The poor weather conditions meant chances were at a premium; Michael Jacobs had Latics’ best opportunity when he headed against the post midway through the half.

Nick Powell later sent a volley over, but deep into first half injury time Dunkley was on hand to level things up by finding the net inside the six yard box.

The turnaround was complete after the break when Dunkley was on target again for Latics as he slotted past Allsop inside the area.   

Backed by the brilliant travelling support, Latics were growing in confidence and had efforts through Powell and Ivan Toney.

Gavin Massey then went close to adding a third but his strike hit the post, however substitute Perkins sent the fans into raptures by sealing victory in the 81st minute.

Blackpool: Allsop, Turton, Tilt, Aimson, Daniel, Mellor; D'Almeida (Longstaff 63), Solomon-Otabor, Ryan; Delfouneso, Vassell (Clayton 25, Gnanduillet 80).

Subs: Williams, Taylor, Clayton, Gnanduillet, Longstaff, Philliskirk, Cooke.

Latics: Jones; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder; Morsy, Power; Jacobs, Powell (Hunt 90+1), Massey (Roberts 83), Toney (Perkins 72).

Subs: Sarkic, Bruce, James, Perkins, Roberts, Thomas, Hunt.

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Ticket News


8 October 2017

Full allocation of 2,100 tickets sold ahead of trip to Bloomfield Road on Saturday 21 October.

  • Tickets for Wigan Athletic’s trip to Blackpool on Saturday 21 October have now sold out.
  • Full allocation of 2,100 tickets sold.
  • “Our support this season has been incredible, we are looking forward to Blackpool,” Paul Cook.

Our full allocation of 2,100 tickets for our away fixture at Blackpool on Saturday 21 October has now sold out.

Always a popular trip with Latics fans, over half of the full allocation of tickets were sold within the first three hours of sales to 2017-18 season card holders.

Over the course of the past few days, the remaining tickets have been sold prior to the scheduled general sale on Monday 9 October.

On hearing the news his side would be backed by over 2,000 fans at Bloomfield Road, Latics boss Paul Cook said:

“The support both home and away this season has been incredible, we are really looking forward to heading to Blackpool and being backed by a huge following.

“We have a tough test against Southend United at the DW Stadium this weekend and that is our first focus before a long trip to Gillingham.

“When Blackpool comes around, though, it will be an exciting occasion for the players, staff and supporters.”

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