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RECORD BREAKERS, WIGAN ATHLETIC 2017-18

31 May 2018

A break down of club 13 records achieved by Paul Cook's Latics in the 2017/18 Sky Bet League One title winning campaign.

  • Record breakers: Wigan Athletic set 13 new club records in 2017/18.
  • Paul Cook leads his Latics side to goal scoring, clean sheet and results records.
  • Latics also lead the way for statistics across the Premier League and EFL in 2017/18.

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From goals scored and highest scoring victories to one of the best defences in the entire Premier League and EFL, Paul Cook's Latics have completed an unprecedented, record-breaking season for the club, setting or equalling no fewer than 13 records, with clean sheets, away wins and FA Cup goals amongst the standout landmarks!

Below we take an in-depth look at this season's record breaking Latics team, with the help of BBC Political Correspondent and BBC Radio Manchester's Wigan Athletic reporter and life-long supporter, Paul Rowley.

RECORD LEAGUE GOALS SCORED IN A SINGLE EFL SEASON - 89

Not since the 1996/97 Third Division title winning season have Latics been as prolific, cracking the record set by Graeme Jones, Graham Lancashire and Ian Kilford et al by five goals.

46 of Latics' 89 strikes in 2017/18 were scored between leading marksman Will Grigg (19), playmaker Nick Powell (15) and wideman Michael Jacobs (12), with Chey Dunkley (7), Gavin Massey (6), Dan Burn (5) and Max Power (5) making significant contributions to the impressive tally.

Ivan Toney (4), Ryan Colclough (4), James Vaughan (3) and Samy Morsy (2) also netted multiple times, with Alex Bruce, Lee Evans, Jay Fulton, David Perkins and Gary Roberts grabbing singles. Own goals by MK Dons' Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Peterborough United's Steven Taylor round off the total figure.

12 of the best of Latics 89 goals can be seen below in our Goal of the Season montage!



RECORD AWAY GOALS IN A SINGLE EFL SEASON - 52

Of Latics' 89 goals during 2017/18, 52 were scored away from home soil, smashing the previous best of 43 goals set in our 2015/16 Sky Bet League One title-winning campaign.

Significant high-scoring victories were achieved throughout the campaign, with three away goals scored against Charlton Athletic, Blackpool, Rotherham United, Plymouth Argyle and Walsall, as well as quartets against AFC Wimbledon, Rochdale and Fleetwood Town, leading us on nicely to the next record... our 7-0 victory away at Oxford United.

Will Grigg scored Latics' 52nd and final away goal of the season to clinch the league title at Doncaster Rovers.



RECORD EFL VICTORY AND EFL AWAY VICTORY

Having put four past AFC Wimbledon the Saturday previous, Latics rocked up at the Kassam Stadium looking for a fifth consecutive victory in League One, something they achieved in style, setting two new club records along the way, not just by putting seven past their hosts Oxford, but by crucially keeping a clean sheet.

The 7-0 scoreline cracked our all-time biggest win in the EFL of 7-1 against Scarborough in March 1997 and the all-time away record of 7-2 against Scunthorpe United set back in March 1982.



Will Grigg got the ball rolling in the 11th minute with the opening goal of his second hat-trick for the club, with Gavin Massey and Nick Powell both netting before the break to give Latics a 3-0 half time lead. Grigg's quick-fire goals inside the first nine minutes of the second half completed his treble, before substitute Max Power made his mark off the bench to score Latics' sixth and record-breaking seventh.

RECORD AWAY WINS IN A SINGLE EFL SEASON - 16

A 15-year-old record was finally bettered as a result of Latics' title-winning last day victory at Doncaster on Saturday 5 May, with Will Grigg's goal capturing a 16th away win of the season for Paul Cook's men, one better than the record set by Paul Jewell's Latics in 2002/03.

Latics started the season as they meant to go on when they triumphed 1-0 at MK Dons on the opening day of the season and then again in their second away trip 2-0 against Oldham Athletic a fortnight later. Charlton, Scunthorpe, Blackpool, Rotherham United, AFC Wimbledon and Oxford all fell before the turn of the year, with Northampton Town next on Latics' list on New Year's Day.

In-form Plymouth Argyle were toppled 3-1 in January, but Cook's men had to wait until March to continue their fine away campaign, collecting three victories in a month at Bradford City, Walsall and Bury. Rochdale and Fleetwood fell to Latics' might in April, ahead of the record-clinching victory at the Keepmoat in May.



RECORD FOR THREE OR MORE GOALS SCORED - 16

A previous best of 13 different scorelines with three or more goals in a single season was achieved on four separate occasions in 1981/82, 1985/86, 1986/87 and 1996/97, but the new record of 16 will take some beating!

Along with the achievements away from home as mentioned above, Latics also captured standout home victories at the DW Stadium; 4-1 against Bury, 3-0s against Bristol Rovers, Southend United, Oldham and Doncaster and 5-1 against MK Dons.

The full list of three or more goals scored in a game is as follows:

4-1 (H) v Bury, 3-0 (A) v Charlton, 3-0 (H) v Bristol Rovers, 3-0 (H) v Southend, 3-1 (A) v Blackpool, 3-0 (H) v Doncaster, 3-1 (A) v Rotherham, 4-0 (A) v AFC Wimbledon, 7-0 (A) v Oxford, 3-1 (A) v Plymouth, 3-3 (H) v Scunthorpe, 3-0 (A) v Walsall, 3-0 (H) v Oldham, 5-1 (H) v MK Dons, 4-1 (A) v Rochdale and 4-0 (A) v Fleetwood.

Latics 16th and final three+ scoreline came at Fleetwood as Cook's men sealed promotion against the Cod Army.



RECORD GOAL DIFFERENCE IN A SINGLE EFL SEASON - +60

As to be expected when a side scores 89 goals and nets three or more on sixteen separate occasions, Cook's Latics broke the club record for overall goal difference in an EFL campaign, 16 better off than the +44 achieved in the 2004/05 Premier League promotion winning season, but a lot of that also has to be credited to the collective effort to keep teams out... cue next record!

RECORD FOR CLEAN SHEETS IN A SINGLE EFL SEASON - 27

A previous best of 25 clean sheets set by John Filan in 2002/03 was cracked by Christian Walton and co. as a result of Latics' 4-0 promotion-clinching win at Fleetwood in April, but the Brighton & Hove Albion loanee went another one better by keeping out Doncaster on the final day of the season to take the seasonal total to 27 in the league.

Walton earned the League One Golden Glove award on the day by keeping his 19th clean sheets of the season, with the other eight earned by Jamie Jones and his defence during an injury lay-off for the former England youth international.

Nick Colgan and Christian Walton with the League One Golden Glove award

Goalkeeping coach Nick Colgan and Christian Walton with the Golden Glove.

RECORD FOR CLEAN SHEETS IN A SINGLE SEASON (ALL COMPETITIONS) - 30

Another defensive record previously set in the 2002/03 campaign was also broken on the final day of the season when Walton took his seasonal total of clean sheets up to 21 and Latics' total up to 30, beating the previous tally of 29.

The stopper famously kept out free-scoring Premier League champions Manchester City in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup in February, having already kept City's Premier League colleagues West Ham United at bay in round four.

Jones grabbed himself an FA Cup shutout as well, as part of the side that beat AFC Bournemouth 3-0 in our third round replay at the DW Stadium, taking his total up to 10 for the campaign.

Christian Walton save v Manchester City

Christian Walton in action against Manchester City.

LEAST HOME GOALS CONCEDED IN A SINGLE EFL SEASON - 11

Latics conceded just 15 goals at home on their way to the Premier League in the 2004/05 season, but Cook's men were even more organised at the back in 2017/18, conceding just 11 goals in 23 matches at the DW Stadium.

Only seven League One sides netted at the DW in 2017/18, with Bury, Portsmouth, MK Dons and Wimbledon on target once each, whilst Bradford and Blackpool netted twice, and Scunthorpe grabbed a rare three during our 3-3 draw.

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RECORD NUMBER OF DOUBLES COMPLETED IN A SINGLE EFL SEASON - 10

MK Dons, Bury, Oldham, Northampton, Plymouth, Walsall, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Rochdale and Oxford were all unable to stop Latics this season, bettering a record of nine doubles completed in the 1981/82 and 2002/03 seasons.

RECORD GOALS SCORED BY ONE PLAYER IN A SINGLE FA CUP CAMPAIGN (SINCE ELECTION INTO THE EFL) - WILL GRIGG 7

RECORD GOALS SCORED IN THE FA CUP (SINCE ELECTION INTO THE EFL) - WILL GRIGG 8



Our 2017/18 Emirates FA Cup campaign will go down in history as one of the greatest runs by a team outside the top flight of English football.

Crawley Town and AFC Fylde pushed Latics to their limit in the opening two rounds of the competition in 2017, but as soon as Cook's side came up against Premier League opposition, things were taken up a gear, dumping out AFC Bournemouth and West Ham in the third and fourth rounds, before THAT famous evening at the DW Stadium, which not only saw Latics beat the Premier League champions elect Manchester City, but also put goal scorer Will Grigg into the history books at the club.

Grigg's seventh FA Cup goal of the season sealed the 1-0 win and became his eighth strike in the competition since joining the club in 2015, having netted in the 2016/17 competition against Nottingham Forest, trumping David Lowe's previous record of seven.

Latics' leading goal scorer in 2017/18 had long broken the EFL era record for goals in a single FA Cup campaign, with his first goal in the 2-0 win against West Ham beating the previous record set, equally, by Paul Jewell and Bobby Campbell in the 1986/87 season.

Pre-election to the EFL, Jack Roberts scored 11 in 1934/35, Harry Lyon scored eight and seven respectively in 1962/63 and 1965/66, and Tony McLoughlin netted seven in 1969/70.

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