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WIGAN ATHLETIC ICONS: 2003/04 JIMMY BULLARD

27 July 2014

Jimmy Bullard becomes the third player to join our Latics Icons #WallofColour

Only two players started every single league game in the 2003-04 season and one of them is our icon for the campaign.

The first was Nicky Eaden but unfortunately the Sheffield-born defender misses out on our Latics Icons list to a player who could have won the award in any of his three-and-a-half seasons with the club.

Jimmy Bullard could be described as an icon, legend, cult hero or idol in his time at Wigan Athletic.

A great presence in the dressing room, a gifted and energetic midfielder who wore his heart on his sleeve, Bullard was admired as much by his teammates as he was by the fans.

A cheeky chap but an intelligent player, Bullard scored twice in a season where providing goals for the likes of 18-goal frontman Nathan Ellington, Andy Liddell, Jason Roberts and Geoff Horsfield was more his forte.

Bullard’s two strikes naturally came in wins with his first coming in a 4-2 win at Wimbledon and his second a match-winning strike in a 3-2 win at Crewe Alexandra.

Latics narrowly missed out on the play-offs that season, a 1-1 home draw with West Ham United in front of over 20,000 at the JJB Stadium ruining any chance of finishing in the top six.

Once again, John Filan, Eaden, Lee McCulloch, Nathan Ellington and Jason Jarrett all came into consideration but Bullard just edged our choice.

At the time of publishing, your votes on Latics Wall had things at a very close fought contest, with just three percen of the votes separating your favourite Nathan Ellington and our choice Jimmy Bullard. Jason Roberts and Lee McCulloch were not too far behind.

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 2004/05 icon suggestions straight away!

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