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2015-16 SEASON REVIEW: MAY

21 June 2016

Latics lift the league title, and players scoop seasonal awards.

  • Latics crowned Sky Bet League One champions.
  • David Perkins picks up three awards at annual dinner.
  • Power, Grigg, Flores and Burke also honoured on the night.

MAY

League form - W0 D0 L1
Position - 1st



On the field the 2015-16 season didn't end the way manager Gary Caldwell would have wanted, but the hard work and determination throughout the campaign brought about the ultimate prize, with Latics crowned Sky Bet League One champions after the final match of the season against Barnsley at the DW Stadium on 8 May.

Despite a 4-1 defeat on the afternoon, Latics were rightfully left to celebrate the season's success, returning to the Sky Bet Championship at the first time of asking as the division's top side.

It was also a month of recognition for those who went above and beyond during the exciting 10 months for Caldwell's new group, with eight of the club's players receiving awards at the annual End of Season dinner just days before the final fixture.  Below we take a look at how the final month of the season panned out.

4 MAY

After sealing promotion back to the Championship with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Blackpool on 30 April, Latics suited up for the annual End of Season Awards dinner at the DW Stadium.  Eight awards were given out on the night, with four of the squad also recognised by the wider footballing community.

The evening saw Caldwell's very first signing, David Perkins, steal the show collecting three awards, including the big two, Players' Player of the Season and Player of the Season to go with his Away Player of the Season picked up earlier in the ceremony.



Wigan-born midfielder Jordan Flores also picked up multiple awards, being chosen as the club's Young Player of the Season, as well as his first ever Latics goal against Fleetwood Town at the DW Stadium in September being voted as Goal of the Season by supporters.

Luke Burke (Michael Millett award) and Max Power (Community Player of the Season and Player of the Season runner-up) were also welcomed to the stage, along with Will Grigg (Player of the Season third place) who was presented with the Golden Boot for his sensational 28 goals in all competitions (increased to that figure with his goal against Barnsley days later).



Grigg was also joined by Reece Wabara, Yanic Wildschut and Craig Morgan as they officially received their PFA League One Team of the Year awards, with skipper Morgan additionally presented with his place in the Football Manager Football League Team of the Year.

8 MAY



The party atmosphere had been building all week, with spirits high as the players, supporters and staff entered the DW Stadium on Sunday 8 May to face Barnsley in the final fixture of the season, a repeat of Latics 2002-03 Division Two title winning finale.

Unfortunately, after a blistering start in which Grigg added to his tally early on, the Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners powered through to a 4-1 victory, sealing their place in the League One play-offs, a competition they would later go on to win at Wembley Stadium.

But it wasn't a day to be down, after all 87 points had been grafted for during the season and Latics deserved their moment in the sun as the celebrations commenced at full time. Wigan Athletic, Sky Bet League One champions!

24-28 MAY



Another day, another award as Grigg was voted PFA Fans' Sky Bet League One Player of the Season, but just four days later came an even bigger moment for the striker as he was named in Northern Ireland's UEFA Euro 2016 squad, one day after scoring his first international goal in a 3-0 friendly victory over Belarus at Windsor Park.

Little did we know his name would be well travelled across France by the time the competition kicked off, you know how it goes...

30 MAY



First team affairs ended with more big news, as on loan Derby County defender Stephen Warnock agreed to join Latics permanently after his contract at the iPro Stadium ends at the end of June.

Warnock arrived at the DW Stadium at the beginning of March, making his debut in the 3-3 draw against Colchester United and going on to play 11 matches in total, forming a large part of Latics end of season push to win the title.

ACADEMY

Away from the first team success continued to flow as the Development Squad and Under 18s played their final fixtures early in the month.

Peter Atherton's Development Squad kicked off the month in sensational style with a 10-0 victory over Morecambe at Christopher Park to finish second in the Final Third Development League West, before the Under 18s had their big Youth Alliance showdown with Rochdale on Saturday 7 May.



Gregor Rioch's side braced themselves for a repeat of the 2014-15 season which saw them left disappointed by a defeat away to Dale, but 2015-16 would be much different.

Again the Under 18s were fighting against high-flying Bury for the league title, but this time the job was simple and richly deserved.

Top goal scorer James Barrigan scored twice within the opening 16 minutes before Callum Lang added a third just before half time, and that's all that was needed at Radcliffe Borough FC's ground, as the young Latics saw out a 3-0 victory to be crowned Football League League North West Youth Alliance champions!






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