The opening day is upon us! Here are three classic meetings with our first challenge of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season... Sheffield Wednesday.
- A closer look at previous meetings between Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday.
- Latics prepare to take on Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium on the opening day of the season.
- An FA Cup upset in 1977, second time lucky at Hillsborough and a last-gasp Gomez penalty at the DW Stadium.
Our countdown to the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season continues, with a closer look at some classic meetings against Sheffield Wednesday.
Wigan Athletic 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 17 December 1977 - FA Cup
We've been stricly focusing on league matches in this series, but with limited meetings between ourselves and Sheffield Wednesday and just three victories from eight matches, we're taking a look back at the second round of the FA Cup in 1977.
It was the biggest FA Cup crowd of the day with 13,871 in attendance at Springfield Park, as Maurice Whittle's free kick grabbed Latics yet another victory over league opposition, in the club's final season as a non-league outfit.
Jack Charlton's Third Division Owls arrived in Wigan determined to avoid an upset, but despite a fast start from the visitors, Ian McNeill's Latics held firm and began to impose themselves within the opening 30 minutes.
Latics arguably should have been ahead inside the opening half an hour when Jeff Wright's effort crashed off the cross bar and was headed in by Micky Moore, but the referee judged a foul on Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Turner.
Regardless of the disallowed goal, Latics continued to impress and were handed their golden opportunity when Richard Walden fouled Mick Worswick on the edge of the area, allowing free-kick specialist Whittle time to blast the ball through the Owls' wall to grab the crucial goal.
Latics' run in the competition ended with a high-profile visit to Birmingham City, but unfortunately that was it for triumphs over league opposition, as the Blues ran out 4-0 winners.
Latics: Brown, Morris, Hinnigan, Gore, Ward, Gillibrand, Whittle, Worswick, Moore, Wilkie, Wright
Sheffield Wednesday: Turner, Walden, Grant, Down, Cusack, Mullen, Wylde, Johnson, Tynan, Rushbury, Prendergast
Sheffield Wednesday 0 Wigan Athletic 3 - Tuesday 11 February 2014
After a torrential downpour put the brakes on the initial fixture a month earlier, Latics arrived back at Hillsborough three days after a narrow defeat not too far away at Huddersfield Town, and little did they know the Owls would be the first of six consecutive victories for Uwe Rosler's men.
Nicky Maynard grabbed a double in the first half to open his account for the club after joining on loan from Cardiff City, before Marc-Antoine Fortune capped off a relatively straight forward win in the 90th minute. A month later Wednesday and Latics would be back in action at the DW Stadium...
Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Semedo (Lavery 64), Mattock, Palmer, Llera, Oshilaja, Maghoma (Helan 55), Maguire, Lee, Afobe (Antonio 55), Nuhiu
Subs: Martinez, McCabe, Corry, McPhail
Latics: Al Habsi, Boyce, Perch, Barnett, McCann, Watson, McClean (Fortune 51), McArthur (Kiernan 88), Beausejour, Maynard, Waghorn (Crainey 81)
Subs: Nicholls, Gomez, McManaman, Espinoza
Wigan Athletic 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0 - Wednesday 12 March 2014
A month after thrashing the Owls 3-0 at Hillsborough, Latics made it a double for the season thanks to an 88th minute Jordi Gomez penalty in a tight and scrappy affair at the DW Stadium.
Wednesday themselves should have gone ahead from a penalty of their own after Ali Al Habsi fouled Jacques Maghoma in the first half, only or the Omani stopper to rise to his feet to deny Leon Best from the spot.
With a 0-0 draw looking likely, James Perch burst into the penalty area on the right hand side and took a tumble under pressure from Caolan Lavery, earning Latics a crucial penalty.
Gomez stepped up and calmly slotted home the winner, earning his side a fifth consecutive victory in the Sky Bet Championship.
Latics: Al Habsi, Boyce, Perch, Barnett, McClean (Fortune 72), Gomez, McArthur (McManaman 54), Beausejour, Tunnicliffe, Maynard, Waghorn (Powell 54)
Subs: Carson, Crainey, Ramis, McEachran
Sheffield Wednesday: Martinez, Buxton, Onyewu, Palmer, Oshilaja (Prutton 62), Loovens, Maghoma (Maguire 62), Coke, Helan, Lavery, Best (Nuhiu 75)
Subs: Davies, Llera, Johnson, Afobe