Three memorable moments against Preston North End.
- A closer look at previous meetings between Wigan Athletic and Preston North End.
- Latics prepare to travel to host Preston North End on Monday 22 April.
- A 5-0 thumping at home, Jason Roberts' lightning fast debut and a Stuart Barlow hat-trick.
Preston North End 1 Wigan Athletic 4 - Saturday 28 August 1999
A superb Stuart Barlow hat-trick helped Latics to their first away win of the 1999-2000 season, triumphing 4-1 at local rivals Preston North End, with Simon Haworth also on the scoresheet!
The victory made it a four-match unbeaten start to the campaign, a sequence which stretched to 24 in the league.
Preston actually took the lead early in the first half through Steve Basham, but when North End keeper David Lucas was sent off and conceded a penalty, Latics didn't look back.
Barlow converted from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time to equalise, before putting Latics ahead two minutes after the restart. Haworth made it 3-1 with seven minutes remaining, with Barlow grabbing the match ball two minutes from time to secure a memorable win at Deepdale.
Preston North End: Lucas, Alexander, Kidd, Murdock, Jackson, Gregan (Cartwright 74), Appleton, Eyres (Moilanen 45), Rankine, Basham, Macken (Nogan 74)
Subs: Edwards, McKenna
Latics: Carroll, Green, Balmer, Bowen (Lee 45), McGibbon, O'Neill, Kilford, Sheridan, Barlow, Haworth, Liddell
Subs: Stillie, Mitchell, Martinez, Porter
Preston North End 2 Wigan Athletic 4 - Saturday 17 January 2004
What a way to kick off your career at a club... Jason Roberts mastered the art of the football debut when he delicately flicked in his first goal for Latics just one minute into his first ever appearance in a blue and white shirt at local rivals Preston.
The January signing from West Bromwich Albion shocked the Deepdale crowd in agame which saw Latics collect another high scoring victory over North End.
Dickson Etuhu equalised for the hosts on the half an hour mark, but Paul Jewell's side quickly regained control, with Roberts' strike partner Nathan Ellington netting just before half time to put Latics ahead.
Gary Teale pushed us 3-1 ahead, before Ellington grabbed his second 10 minutes from time. Graham Alexander cut the deficit from the penalty spot, but it was too late as Latics ran out 4-2 winners.
Preston North End: Gould, Alexander, Broomes, Lucketti, Mears (Keane 45), Davis, O'Neil (Koumantarakis 52), Etuhu, McKenna, Cresswell, Fuller
Subs: Lonergan, Cartwright, Skora
Latics: Filan, Baines, Breckin, McCulloch (Flynn 89), De Vos, Eaden, Jarrett, Bullard, Teale, Ellington (N.Roberts 84), J.Roberts
Subs: Walsh, Mitchell, Jackson
Wigan Athletic 5 Preston North End 0 - Sunday 5 December 2004
After four matches without a victory and off the back of consecutive draws, Paul Jewell's Latics needed a victory heading into a busy Christmas period, so a 5-0 thrashing of local rivals Preston couldn't have happened at a better time.
Lee McCulloch opened the scoring midway into the first half, with the remaining four goals all scored in the second half. Alan Mahon, Nathan Ellington (2) and Jason Roberts (pen) helped provide a vintage derby day win.
Latics: Filan, McCulloch, Baines, Eaden, Jackson, Breckin, Bullard (Wright 76), Teale, Mahon (Flynn 82), Roberts, Ellington (Graham 84)
Subs: Walsh, McMillan
Preston North End: Gould, O'Neil, Broomes, Mawene (Lewis 60), Alexander, Lucketti, Davis, Sedgwick, Etuhu, Agyemang, Cresswell
Subs: Ward, Davidson, Daley, Lynch