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6 June 2016

BBC Manchester's Paul Rowley looks back on our title winning season.

  • Latics' 2015-16 season in numbers.
  • BBC Radio Manchester's Paul Rowley's facts and figures from Latics' title win.
  • 20 stats to sum up Latics' Sky Bet League One triumph.

After a superb season which saw Wigan Athletic crowned Sky Bet League One champions on their immediate bounce-back to the Sky Bet Championship, BBC Radio Manchester's Wigan Athletic reporter and Latics' programme columnist Paul Rowley takes a look back over the 2015-16 in numbers.

100 - Burton Albion became the 100th team to face Wigan Athletic in the Football League. Fleetwood Town were the 99th. We’ve beaten all of them, except Burton.

87 - This season's points total became the joint 3rd highest in club history : 100 (2002/03), 91 (1981/82), 87 (1996/97 and 2004/05).

82 - Joint third highest goals tally in club history: 84 (1996/97), 83 (1986/87), 82 (1985/86).

All 82 of Latics' Sky Bet League One goals.

30 - Signings – only Jack Hendry, Dan Lavercombe, and Danny Whitehead are yet to start a league game.

27 - Debutants – including 13 on the season’s opening day against Coventry City.

25 - League Goals by Will Grigg – second only as a Football League side behind Graeme Jones (31) in 1996/97.

ON FIRE! Will Grigg's 25 Sky Bet League One goals!

- Matches Unbeaten – from Barnsley (A) 2-0 Dec 19, 2015 to Coventry City (H) 1-0 April 9, 2016.

17 - Clean sheets for Jussi Jaaakelainen in 35 games (though he was substituted v Peterborough when we later conceded).

16 - Away matches unbeaten from Oldham Athletic (A) 1-1 Sept 26, 2015 to Shrewsbury Town (A) 5-1 April 2, 2016.

13 - Titles – three as a Football League side after lifting Division Three (1996/97) and Division Two (2002/03). But our 13th overall, with four Cheshire Leagues, four Lancashire Combinations and two Northern Premier Leagues.

11 - Loan Signings – although Yanic Wildschut later joined us permanently. Others included: Shaq Coulthirst, Jordy Hiwula, Francisco Junior, Jonjoe Kenny, Donald Love, Conor McAleny, Sean Murray, Alex Revell, Haris Vuckic and Stephen Warnock.

9 - Last-minute or stoppage time goals - Jordy Hiwula v Chesterfield (A), Will Grigg v Millwall (H), Francisco Junior v Swindon Town (H), Craig Morgan v Bury (A), Michael Jacobs v Fleetwood Town (A) Craig Morgan v Gillingham (H), Yanic Wildschut v Walsall (A), Will Grigg v Colchester United (A), Will Grigg v Shrewsbury Town (A)

8 - Penalties Awarded, six scored - Will Grigg got five of them, four in the League, Craig Davies got the other.

Max Power and Yanic Wildschut celebrate Latics' late winner at Walsall.

- Red cards – Port Vale (A), Oldham Athletic (A), Walsall (H), Millwall (A), Doncaster Rovers (A), Barnsley (H)

6 - First-time visits for a Football League match – Ricoh Arena, Coventry; Proact Stadium, Chesterfield; Highbury Stadium Fleetwood; Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury; Pirelli Stadium, Burton; Community Stadium, Colchester.

5 - Doubles – Fleetwood Town, Chesterfield, Swindon Town, Rochdale, Shrewsbury Town

Will Grigg celebrates Latics' fifth goal in the 5-1 win at Shrewsbury Town.

3 - Goals on first start – Jordan Flores (v Fleetwood H), Andy Kellett (v Barnsley A), Conor McAleny (v Sheffield United A), while Jordy Hiwula scored on his second substitute appearance (v Chesterfield A) and Alex Revell scored on home debut (v Shrewsbury)

3 - Home defeats in the League – all to teams beginning with B, Burton Albion, Blackpool and Barnsley. For good measure we also lost to Bury in the Capital One Cup, and Barnsley on penalties in the JPT. Spookily, last season we only won three at home, all against teams beginning with B, Blackpool, Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion.  

1 - Gary Caldwell delivered his first trophy in his first full season in management.

0 - Goals from our Player of the Season David Perkins. Then again, he’s not scored for almost four years, Barnsley v Crystal Palace October 23, 2012. Even Perks couldn’t remember that one.

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