A trip down memory lane as we look at some of our classic Championship encounters ahead of our fifth season of second tier football.
- Latics get back to winning ways in first Championship season by hammering Palace.
- Doubles for Nathan Ellington and Andy Liddell.
- Liddell becomes Latics’ record league goal-scorer in the process.
- Ben Watson a first-half substitute for Palace.
1 NOVEMBER 2003
CRYSTAL PALACE 0
After three games without a win in all competitions, Paul Jewell’s side hosted Crystal Palace knowing victory would send them back to the top of the Championship table should West Bromwich Albion fail to beat Sunderland.
Struggling just above the relegation zone, Crystal Palace were winless in four league games having lost their previous two fixtures against Ipswich Town and Gillingham.
Paul Jewell made one change to the side that lost 2-0 at Walsall in the previous fixture, Jason Jarrett returning to the starting XI in place of Tony Dinning who dropped to the bench.
Latics: Filan, Eaden, Breckin, Jackson, McMillan (Baines 73), Bullard, Jarrett, McCulloch (Teale 83), Horsfield (N. Roberts 81), Ellington, Liddell.
Crystal Palace: Myhre, Smith, Popovic, Granville (Borrowdale 58), Fleming (Routledge 45), Butterfield, Riihilahti (Watson 34), Derry, Shipperley, Freedman, Johnson.
Perhaps not so notable on the day itself, but young midfielder Ben Watson would go on to score the greatest goal in Wigan Athletic history just under a decade after this substitute appearance.
Other notable players in the Palace side include striker Dougie Freedman who went on to manage Palace, Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest whilst Kit Symons and Shaun Derry have also gone into management after playing in that Eagles side.
Striker Andy Johnson scored 74 goals in 140 league appearances for the Eagles, and went on to win eight England caps between 2005 and 2007 after impressing in the Premier League for both Everton and Fulham.
Andy Liddell broke Latics’ all-time league goal-scoring record as Paul Jewell’s side thrashed Crystal Palace at the JJB Stadium.
Liddell and Nathan Ellington both scored twice, while Geoff Horsfield also got on the scoresheet for the rampant Latics as top spot in Division One was regained.
Liddell's 67th league goal for Latics came after just 10 minutes and saw him overtake David Lowe's previous record.
The 30-year-old Scot slipped the ball past Palace's on-loan goalkeeper Thomas Myhre from the edge of the area after neat approach play from Jimmy Bullard, Ellington and Lee McCulloch.
With Palace creaking at the back, Latics poured forward and Horsfield forced a fine save from Myhre after latching on to Nicky Eaden's cross.
A neat flick from Ellington then put Horsfield clean through, but again Myhre was alert to the danger and saved before another Eaden cross saw the former Fulham and Birmingham striker head wide.
But Horsfield was not to be denied a celebration of his own, and marked his 30th birthday with a goal after 31 minutes.
Palace's defensive ineptitude was ruthlessly exposed again by Ellington.
Derry and Popovic allowed Ian Breckin's punt up-field to bounce and Ellington reacted quickest to expertly curl his fifth goal of the season past the helpless Myhre.
Liddell then turned provider on 69 minutes, capping another flowing Latics move with a superb right-wing cross which the unmarked Ellington gleefully nodded home.
The hosts could have added to their tally - but Horsfield fed Bullard when a shot would have been the better option from, while Ellington shot straight at Myhre.