As we countdown to fixture release, take a look at our new opponents in the Sky Bet Championship.With the announcement of our Sky Bet Championship fixtures for the 2014/15 season just six days away, we continue our look at the division's six latest incumbents by profiling Latics boss Uwe Rosler's former club Brentford.
Stadium: Griffin Park
Wigan Athletic Supporters’ Club offer travel to all away games but, should you wish to make your own way to west London, the travel details are below:
Distance from the DW Stadium (By car): 209 miles (M6, M40, M4, A4)
By train: Wigan North Western to London Euston, Underground service from Euston to Vauxhall (Victoria Line), Vauxhall to Brentford.
Now Latics boss Uwe Rosler moved to the DW Stadium from Griffin Park in December with many experts predicting the departure of the German boss would have a detrimental effect on the Bees’ promotion bid.
Rosler made an instant impact with Latics, securing a 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers in his first league game before steering his new side to within minutes of the Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship final, though defeat to QPR at Loftus Road ended those hopes in May.
For Brentford, the former Manchester City man’s departure opened up the opportunity for sporting director Mark Warburton to take charge of the club after a sustained spell as right-hand man to Nicky Forster and then Rosler.
Warburton’s side secured a 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic in his first game in charge before piecing together an 11-game unbeaten run that was ended with a 3-0 defeat to promotion rivals Wolves in February.
The Bees would lose only three of their remaining 15 games to finish second in League One and secure their return to the second tier after a 21-year absence.
No side in the Football League won more home league games than Brentford (19) in the 2013-14 campaign.
The Bees will be keen to keep hold of out-of-contract frontman Clayton Donaldson as they head into the new season.
The former Crewe Alexandra man notched 17 goals in all competitions last season and has been instrumental since moving to the capital in 2011, with a goal ratio of one every three games.
Donaldson has been offered a new deal by the club, though no official confirmation of his stay has been released amid interest from multiple Sky Bet Championship clubs.
A familiar face to Bees fans after spending the second-half of last season on loan at Griffin Park, Alan Judge completed a permanent switch from Blackburn Rovers at the beginning of June, signing a three-year deal.
The former Republic of Ireland youth international bagged seven goals in 22 appearances in the promotion run-in and he joins young winger Josh Clarke in committing his immediate future to the club.
No surprise that the link between Brentford and Latics is manager Rosler who took charge of the Bees between 2011 and 2013 before moving to the DW Stadium.
Rosler was delighted to see the Bees achieve promotion and a return to Griffin Park should excite the well-respected boss.
Latics have won over half of the 30 meetings between the two sides with 17 successes to their name compared to Brentford’s six wins. The Bees haven’t beaten Latics in the last four clashes with their last point coming in the seventh draw between the two sides in 2001.