Charles N’Zogbia joins our Latics Icons as we countdown to the new season.Latics were teetering on the brink of relegation and had just 45 minutes to save their status in the Barclays Premier League.
At 2-0 at home to West Ham United in the penultimate game of the 2010/11 campaign, Latics needed an icon and our pick for the season certainly stepped up to take centre stage.
Arguably the most inspired come back we have ever seen at the DW Stadium began on 57 minutes when Charles N’Zogbia crashed the ball over the Hammers’ wall and beyond Rob Green to give Latics a fighting chance.
To the amazement of 22,000 supporters inside the DW, 11 minutes later Conor Sammon had made it 2-2. It was end-to-end and difficult to watch, but Latics knew they still had a chance of survival even if they could only claim the solitary point.
Time stood still deep into stoppage time and it was time for N’Zogbia to go down in club history, shifting inside from the right onto his left foot, before squeezing the ball underneath Green and sending the stadium into a frenzy.
Latics still had work to do on the final day of the season against Stoke City, another memorable game in which Hugo Rodallega grabbed another match-winning goal. The Colombian himself a candidate for icon once more.
But we couldn’t see past N’Zogbia for 2010/11, not just for that performance in the second half against West Ham, but the Frenchman scored five goals in the final six games that season, including goals against Blackpool (3-1), Everton (1-1) and Aston Villa (1-1).
He finished the season with a total of nine Premier League goals and 10 in all competitions, with a last minute winner against local rivals Preston North End in the League Cup earlier in the campaign.
Your votes on Latics Wall had N’Zogbia as a firm favourite for our 2009/10 choice, and as expected you unanimously chose him again, with over 60% of the votes in his favour.
There were no doubt other excellent performers that season, with on loan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi winning the hearts of supporters in his debut season at the club.
Others were flourishing too, with James McCarthy well on his way to being a top class midfielder alongside Tom Cleverley.
We move on now to the 2011/12 icon, some big performances throughout the season, but which moment stood out the most and who became an icon for their actions? Join in by [clicking here] to tell us what you think.
We know many of you have disagreed with our choices, with some incredible names missing from the wall, so who would you make it onto your Latics Icons?
Please keep sharing your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Latics Wall as we build-up towards the new season.
Here are the icons who have made the wall so far:
2001/02 Andy Liddell
2002/03 Jason De Vos
2003/04 Jimmy Bullard
2004/05 Nathan Ellington
2005/06 Jason Roberts
2006/07 Leighton Baines
2007/08 Paul Scharner
2008/09 Antonio Valencia
2009/10 Hugo Rodallega