A Look Back At The Recent Blackpool Wigan Meetings...
40 miles separate Blackpool and Wigan. It may not be the most notorious of derbies, but rewind three years and the pair cooked up two games with plenty of drama, and massive implications.
The Blackpool's solitary Premier League campaign couldn’t have started any better, especially considering Bloomfield Road wasn’t ready for the kick-off, meaning the DW Stadium would host the season opener between today’s teams.
Whilst the most recent meeting fell the way of Wigan, and went a long way to deciding the 2011 top flight table.
We take a look at the previous five meetings between Blackpool and Wigan, ahead of tomorrow’s big game.
Blackpool 1-3 Wigan – 16/4/11
At a sun-soaked Bloomfield Road, Pool suffered a damaging defeat, which massively benefitted Wigan in their own relegation fight.
Devastatingly for the hosts, who slipped into the bottom three for the first time all year, Wigan flew into a two goal lead by half time.
Hugo Rodallega and Charles N’Zogbia put Athletic in cruise control, before Neal Eardley’s own goal put the game beyond doubt.
DJ Campbell netted a late consolation from close range, but the result proved crucial for Wigan, who survived on the final day.
Wigan 0-4 Blackpool – 14/8/10
That defeat was stark contrast to the opening day joy experienced in Wigan’s own back yard.
Blackpool, on their Premier League debut, made it the perfect start, thanks in large part to a Marlon Harewood brace.
The new signing added to Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s 16th minute opener to stun the hosts, who trailed 3-0 at half time.
Alex Baptiste’s cross-shot snuck in at the near post after the break to put the game well beyond doubt.
Blackpool 4-1 Wigan – 26/8/09
That 4-0 victory brought back memories of another four goal haul from 12 months earlier.
The Seasiders brushed Wigan to one side in the 2009 Carling Cup second round, with a 4-1 victory.
Pool breezed into a 3-0 lead by half time, with goals from Ishmel Demontagnac, Ben Burgess and Charlie Adam.
Taylor-Fletcher was again on target, whilst Antonio Amaya’s Wigan strike counted for nothing.
Wigan 1-1 Blackpool – 8/2/03
Prior to 2009 the two sides hadn’t met for six years, when Wigan hosted a Division Two draw at the then named – JJB Stadium.
Scott Taylor earned Blackpool a point, cancelling out Andy Liddell’s first minute opener.
Blackpool 0-2 Wigan – 9/11/02
Earlier that season Wigan had moved top of the division in November, after a 2-0 victory at Bloomfield Road.
Tony Dinning put the Latics ahead on 12 minutes with a low strike, before Michael Flynn doubled the lead late on.
That was the year Athletic were promoted, whilst Steve McMahon’s Blackpool side finished 13th.