FA Cup hero joins the Wigan Athletic Wall of Colour.As far as obvious choices go, this has got to be at the top of the list. Despite missing nearly six months of the season, there can only be one man to take the 2012/13 icon spot and over 50% of you agreed.
Everybody played their part in Latics’ historic FA Cup triumph over Manchester City, but there’s one man’s name every supporter sings about, and for that reason Ben Watson makes it alongside the likes of Andy Liddell, Jason Roberts and Charles N’Zogbia.
The story has been replayed over and over, one that no Latics fan will ever be tired of hearing, the same goes for the noise in Wembley Stadium when Ben’s header rippled the back of the net.
A hard-working start to the season saw Watson make his way into Roberto Martinez’s plans, and he started to hit the ground running, with an impressive display and match-winning goal at White Hart Lane at the start of November in Latics 1-0 triumph.
Fast forward 14 days and things couldn’t have been any more different as Watson lay on the turf inside Anfield receiving immediate treatment on what turned out to be a season defining broken leg.
Almost six months of gruelling recovery resulted in the ultimate reward for a man who now has his name etched into the club’s history books.
Naturally Watson would have been disappointed not to start Latics’ first ever FA Cup final, especially after his successful return earlier in May against West Bromwich Albion, followed by another 86 minutes against Swansea City.
It was with just nine minutes remaining that the former Crystal Palace man made his first FA Cup appearance of the season. His introduction caused confusion amongst the City ranks as he rose at the front post, heading famously over Joe Hart and the rest as they say is history.
Callum McManaman came second from your votes in our poll on Latics Wall, himself having an extraordinary campaign in the FA Cup, with skipper Emmerson Boyce a close third.
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 and vote for who you think should be 2013/14 icon by [clicking here].
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
2010/11 Charles N'Zogbia
2011/12 Shaun Maloney