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31 July 2014

Paul Scharner joins our #WallofColour as he continue to head towards the new season.

We continue counting down to the big kick off of the new Sky Bet Championship season by adding another icon to our #WallofColour.

Tickets for the opening game at the DW Stadium are currently on sale and can now be purchased online by [clicking here], or by visiting the ticket office. Season tickets are also still on sale, Super Saver prices still apply.

Coming off the back of an extraordinary end to the 2006/07 campaign which saw Latics dramatically avoid relegation on the final day of the season, a managerial shuffle saw Paul Jewell leave the club, with his assistant Chris Hutchings stepping up to take charge.

An early season struggle saw Latics in need of a change, so in came Steve Bruce, turning around the side’s fortunes around Christmas and guiding the team to safety in 14th position on 40 points.

One man who remained consistent under both managers was our 2007/08 icon Paul Scharner.

An icon on and off the pitch, both for his committed playing style and extrovert character, Scharns played 37 of the 38 Premier League games that season, scoring four goals in the process.

A flamboyant defender who enjoyed stints in midfield, the former Austrian international started the season in style, with a brand new bleached Mohawk hair-style and a superb overhead kick in Latics’ 1-1 draw away to West Ham United.

Scharner also scored against Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers in December, finishing his tally against Derby County in February 2008.

A big favourite then and now amongst, Scharner was voted Player of the Year by the supporters in 07/08.

It was still a tough decision choosing this season’s icon however, with Antonio Valencia’s Latics career gathering plenty of pace and skipper Mario Melchiot gaining the affections of the fans, not to mention some superb goals from Antoine Sibierski and top goal scorer Marcus Bent netting a hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers.

Wilson Palacios arrived in January making his mark with some outstanding performances, and who can forget Emile Heskey's stoppage time equaliser at Stamford Bridge?

At the time of publishing, 31% of voters on Latics Wall agreed with our decision, with 26% opting for Valencia and 20% for Melchiot.

If you disagree with our choice of icon for the 2007/08 season or any other, let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Latics Wall and watch out for our next addition on the website.

You can also start telling us your 2008/09 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
2006/07 Leighton Baines

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