Jason Roberts joins the #WallofColour as our icon for 2005/06.
The 2005-06 season will go down in history as one of the most memorable and significant seasons for Wigan Athletic Football Club.
Paul Jewell’s Latics had won promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history a season earlier and the town’s atmosphere was reaching fever pitch as the country’s elite teams were set to visit the then JJB Stadium.
The season itself caught most by surprise, the standard aim of survival on the back of a promotion would have sufficed but Jewell created a team spirit that lifted Latics to a tenth place finish in the top-flight at the first time of asking.
Amongst the standout performers in 2005/06 were; goals from Henri Camara, committed performances from the likes of Lee McCulloch, Leighton Baines and Jimmy Bullard; sensational goalkeeping displays from Mike Pollitt and the return of Arjan De Zeeuw, not to mention the arrival of Paul Scharner.
On Latics Wall through your votes, Jason Roberts and De Zeeuw emerged as favourites with 31% and 25%, while many of you on Facebook suggested McCulloch.
Our choice, however, was a striker coming off the back of a 21-goal promotion campaign whose partner up top had departed before the season began.
Roberts’ 14 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions proved vital over the course of a season that also included a run to the League Cup final and THAT goal at Highbury in the semi-final.
It was the London-born striker’s penalty kick that opened Latics’ points and goals tally in the Premier League as Sunderland were downed 1-0 at the JJB Stadium.
Goals in wins over Manchester City, West Ham United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Portsmouth all proved vital while his double in a 2-0 home win over Bolton Wanderers remain favourites amongst Latics fans.
Roberts also notched in a 3-3 draw at Leeds United as Latics went on to progress in the FA Cup with a penalty shootout victory at Elland Road.
The formidable front man has created a bond with Latics supporters even after departing the club and with his landmark moments in the season he was a natural choice.
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 2006/07 icon suggestions straight away and voting in our poll on Latics Wall 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