Newcastle face Wigan on Saturday at St.James’ Park. It will be the first meeting of the sides since 2012 at St. James’ Park. This gives us the perfect opportunity to look back at previous encounters against the Latics.
Newcastle 1-0 Wigan 2007/08
United continued a great start to life under Sam Allardyce with a 1-0 victory over Wigan. Little did United fans know it would go so downhill from this point on. United were frustrated throughout the game. However, in the 87th minute the elusive Michael Owen popped up to head home the winner. This came after Kevin Kilbane was given his marching orders by referee Steve Bennett.
Newcastle 2-2 Wigan 2008/09
Joe Kinnear was still looking for his first win as United manager going into this. He would have got it as well if it wasn’t for a header by former United man Titus Bramble. However, it was future mag Ryan Taylor who put the Latics ahead early on. This was then cancelled out by Michael Owen stabbing home with 10 minutes left. Obafemi Martins thought he had won it with 87 minutes gone. A point was snatched however with Bramble’s finish. Two points dropped for the Magpies which would have kept them up at the end of this fateful season.
Newcastle 2-2 Wigan 2010/11
Recently promoted United fought back from two down after Charles NZogbia’s quick-fire double. United bravely fought back with Fabricio Coloccini netting the equaliser in the 94th minute. Shola Ameobi had made it 2-1 in the 72nd minute. The performance was described by then manager Chris Hughton as ‘spirited’. Something our last promotion side had plenty of.
Newcastle 1-0 Wigan 2011/12
Yohan Cabaye netted his first United goal with a great finish to light up a forgettable game. Cabaye’s strike condemned Wigan to their sixth straight defeat. The game continued Newcastle’s impressive unbeaten start to the season. Leading to an impressive 5th placed finish in the Premier League.
Newcastle 3-0 Wigan 2012/13
Athletic’s final visit to St. James’ Park before this weekend saw them heavily beaten in front of the Sky cameras. Demba Ba struck twice for the Magpies before a rare strike by Gael Bigirirama gave United the three points. Wigan had Maynor Figueroa sent off after giving away a penalty to provide Demba Ba with the opener. A much-needed win for a struggling United.