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WIGAN ATHLETIC ICONS: 2001/02 ANDY LIDDELL

25 July 2014

Andy Liddell is our first icon in the Wall of Colour - chosen for the 2001/02 season.

It was all change at the helm as former player Paul Jewell was drafted in to replace Steve Bruce, who himself had replaced Bruce Rioch the season before.

The team needed rebuilding, that much was clear, what we needed were heroes in blue and white… but one in particular stood out.

Netting 18 league goals in just 34 games, Andy Liddell is our choice of icon for the 2001-02 Second Division campaign and the first to join our #WallofColour. 

The Leeds-born frontman didn’t score in the opening 16 matches and only featured eight times but, after notching his first goal of the campaign in a 3-2 defeat at Colchester United, Liddell kicked on to enjoy a rich vein of form.

He notched in four out of five home games between the Christmas period and New Year, including all three goals in a 3-0 home success over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Skipper Arjan De Zeeuw, Lee McCulloch and John Filan (who arrived midway through the season) all ran close in our choice for the 2001-02 campaign – let us know if you agree by visiting Latics Wall and taking part in our online poll.

Liddell's goals from the 2001/02 season are listed below, with 11 of his 18 strikes directly earning Latics 14 points.

Latics' record league goal scorer, netted hat-tricks against both Brighton & Hove Albion and Cambridge United, adding a brace to that tally against Peterborough United.

09/11/01 - Colchester United (A) 2-3
13/11/01 - Stoke City (H) 6-1
01/12/01 - Swindown Town (H) 1-0
11/12/01 - Notts County (H) 1-1
15/12/01 - Oldham Athletic (A) 1-1
26/12/01 - Bury (H) 1-1
12/01/02 - Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 3-0
19/01/02 - Brentford (A) 1-0
05/03/02 - Cambridge United (H) 4-1
09/03/02 - Oldham Athletic (H) 1-0
23/03/02 - Tranmere Rovers (H) 1-2
01/04/02 - Peterborough United (H) 2-1
06/04/02 - Chesterfield (A) 2-1

Keep your eyes on wiganathletic.com for our next icon.

You can also get involved on Twitter using #wafc or #WallofColour and on Facebook. Start telling us your 2002/03 icon suggestions straight away!


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