We take a look at three clashes with our local rivals Bolton Wanderers ahead of Saturday's clash at the DW Stadium.
- A closer look at previous meetings between Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers.
- Latics prepare to host Bolton at the DW Stadium.
- Nick Powell's overhead kick, James McArthur's away day winner and our first ever Premier League meeting.
Wigan Athletic 2 Bolton Wanderers 1 - Sunday 2 October 2005
Fresh off the back of a 1-0 win at Goodison Park a week earlier, Latics returned to the JJB Stadium with one goal in mind... beating local rivals Bolton Wanderers for the first time since the early 1990s!
Latics' timing couldn't have been better. In the midst of what would be a nine match unbeaten streak and six consecutive victories, Henri Camara and Lee McCulloch provided the ammunition and inspiration early in the second half, and despite Radhi Jaidi pulling one back for the visitors, Paul Jewell's Latics trumped the high-flying Trotters, who were denied the chance to go second in the Premier League table.
Camara's finish was the pick of the goals three minutes after the restart when he lifted the ball over the on-rushing Jussi Jaaskelainen after picking up on a Bruno N'Gotty mistake, before McCulloch gathered his composure finish from 10 yards, doubling Latics' lead.
Jaidi's towering header made things uncomfortable for the vocal home crowd, but despite both teams battling hard to add to their goal tallies, both John Filan and Jaaskelainen remained unscathed for the remainder of the contest, giving Latics 13 points from their opening seven Premier League matches.
Latics: Filan, Chimbonda (Taylor 22), De Zeeuw, McCulloch, Henchoz, Baines, Bullard, Kavanagh, Francis, Roberts, Camara
Subs: Pollitt, McMillan, Jackson, Connolly
Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ben-Haim, N'Gotty, Jaidi, Nakata (Borgetti 84), Nolan, Gardner (Diouf 57), Okocha (Stelios 54), Speed, Pedersen, Davies
Subs: Walker, Faye
Bolton Wanderers 1 Wigan Athletic 2 - Saturday 11 February 2012
It was two months since Latics had won a Premier League game and Roberto Martinez's men were in desperate need of what they aimed to be their fourth victory of the season, little did we know at the time that Gary Caldwell and James McArthur's goals away at Bolton would kick start a run of eight wins from 14 games and just three defeats to ensure our Premier League survival.
Captain Caldwell gave Latics a first half lead with his towering header from a Jean Beausejour corner, but Mark Davies' well-taken half volley threatened to condemn Latics to a 10th match without a win in the top flight, despite looking the more deserving side in the opening hour of the game.
Cue euphoria in the away end just nine minutes after Davies' equaliser... step up McArthur!
Victor Moses, who looked dangerous throughout, drove at the Bolton defence before unleashing a low drive at Adam Bogdan who could do little to prevent McArthur's follow up, this time it was in no doubt from the Scotland international who had previously fluffed his lines earlier in the game.
Latics left the ground with renewed optimism, Bolton... not so much.
Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Steinsson, Knight, Ricketts, Wheater, Eagles (Tuncay 58), Petrov (Miyaichi 45), M.Davies, Reo-Coker, K.Davies (Klasnic 63), Ngog
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Muamba, Pratley
Latics: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa, McCarthy, Moses, Gomez (Rodallega 75), McArthur, Beausejour, Di Santo (Jones 89)
Subs: Pollitt, Stam, Crusat, Watson, Diame
Wigan Athletic 3 Bolton Wanderers 2 - Sunday 15 December 2013
What better time to take charge of your first home match as a manager than with a good old fashioned derby match? That was certainly the case for Uwe Rosler in December 2013.
Still stinging from a controversial defeat to NK Maribor in the Europa League and subsequent exit from the competition, Latics were all fired up for their return to the DW Stadium and within 11 minutes Ben Watson had given his new boss the perfect welcome home with a superbly taken penalty following a handball by Matt Mills.
It didn't take long for Latics to double their lead in spectuacular fashion. Supporters were already purring over how well Manchester United loanee Nick Powell had started his time at the club, and the teenagers' audacious acrobatics for his side's second goal only added to his admirers.
Latics looked in control and worthy of the points, but what ever was said inside the away dressing room at half time clearly worked, as within 20 minutes of the restart, Dougie Freedman's men found themselves level at 2-2 thanks to Neil Danns' back post header and Andre Moritz's well-struck penalty.
It had been more than a month since Latics had won a game at the DW and having lost 3-1 to Derby County in their last home outing, Latics supporters could be forgiven for being anxious about what was to come in the closing 25 minutes, but it was 'one of their own' who settled the nerves and sealed a vintage derby day victory.
Academy graduate and FA Cup final Man of the Match Callum McManaman stepped up to the plate 22 minutes from time to sweep home the winner, kicking off a run of 15 wins from 23 games in all competitions, not a bad way to start for new boss Rosler.
Latics: Carson, Boyce, Ramis, Barnett, McCann, Watson (Perch 73), McManaman, McArthur, Powell, Beausejour (Crainey 52), Holt (McClean 53)
Subs: Nicholls, Gomez, Keane, Fortune
Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Mills, Ream, Baptiste, McNaughton, Spearing, Moritz, Danns (Davies 83), Pratley (Beckford 79), Lee (Hall 89), Mason
Subs: Lee-Barrett, Knight, Eagles, Medo