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WIGAN ATHLETIC ICONS: 2006/07 LEIGHTON BAINES

30 July 2014

The countdown to the new season continues as Leighton Baines joins our #WallofColour

The 2006-07 season will be forever remembered for its climax than the 37 league games that preceded a famous 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.

Jason Roberts, the icon we chose for the 2005-06 season, left the club and was replaced by Emile Heskey whilst Chris Kirkland, Emmerson Boyce and Kevin Kilbane all arrived.

Kilbane and Kirkland were regulars in their first season with Latics whilst Heskey’s nine league goals made him the top goal-scorer in his debut campaign, not to mention his heroic defensive display on the final day of the season.

Your votes on Latics Wall saw Heskey edge it over Paul Scharner and our eventual choice Leighton Baines, the man voted both Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Year.

Latics youth product Leighton Baines had arguably his best season as a Wigan Athletic player this time around, missing only two games in all competitions prior to his move to Everton the following summer.

Baines scored a late penalty in a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford, Latics’ first and so far only goal at the Theatre of Dreams, after also scoring earlier in the season in the reverse fixture.

 

The season, dubbed ‘second season syndrome’ after Latics had finished tenth a year earlier, was defined in inconsistency with four consecutive wins at the start of the campaign followed by an eight-game pointless run between Christmas and New Year.

The campaign’s key moment came in first-half stoppage time of the final game of the season against Sheffield United in South Yorkshire.

David Unsworth stepped up and scored his only Latics goal – making him a contender for the icon award in itself – from the penalty spot to give Paul Jewell’s side a 2-1 advantage that they held on to, to condemn the hosts to relegation and spark wild celebrations amongst Latics players, staff and fans.

Baines was ever-present throughout, though, and his ability to drive forward from defence and provide quality from set-pieces was invaluable in what proved to be his last year at the JJB.

By the end of the campaign the future England international had racked up a total of 145 league appearances for the club, scoring four goals and winning two promotions. Below is Bainsey's first ever Latics' goal back in 2004, a corker against Ipswich Town.



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 2007/08 icon suggestions straight away by 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
2005/06 Jason Roberts


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