WIGAN: STAT PACK
Andrew Dalton provides the stats ahead of our Boxing Day clash...
It's back to Elland Road for a Boxing Day battle of the roses clash as 23rd-placed Wigan Athletic are the visitors.
Wigan have only ever visited Elland Road for three competitive games:
December 4th 2013 - Leeds United 2-0 Wigan Athletic, Championship
January 17th 2006 - Leeds United 3-3 Wigan Athletic (Wigan won 4-2 on pens), FA Cup Third Round replay
October 31st 2004 - Leeds United 0-2 Wigan Athletic, Championship
Five who played for both:
Michael Brown – The Hartlepool-born midfielder joined Wigan from Fulham in the summer of 2007 and made 64 appearances before joining Portsmouth two years later. From Pompey he joined Leeds in July 2011, appearing 78 times for the Whites and scoring three goals before being released last summer.
Salomon Olembe – Olembe joined Leeds on loan from French side Marseille in August 2003, making a total of 14 appearances. The versatile Cameroon international left Marseille in 2007 and went on trial at Derby County before being eventually snapped up by Wigan in September 2007, making a total of nine appearances for the Latics.
Kevin Sharp – Sharp joined Leeds from Auxerre in October 1992, making his debut in April 1993. He went on to make 18 appearances for the Whites before joining Wigan in November 1995. He would stay at the Latics for just under six years, appearing 221 times and scoring 12 goals.
Marlon King – King joined Leeds on loan from Nottingham Forest in March 2005, making nine appearances in the Championship. Following a spell at Watford, first on loan and then permanently, he joined Wigan in January 2008. He spent 22 months as a Wigan player, making 19 appearances and scoring just once.
Steven Caldwell – The Stirling-born player was another loan signing for Leeds in season 2003/04, this time from Newcastle in February 2004. He made 13 starts for the Whites, scoring once away at Blackburn Rovers. Following moves to both Sunderland and Burnley, he joined Wigan in August 2010, making 15 appearances for them.
Wigan’s last visit to Elland Road in December last year saw the Whites record their first ever victory over the side from the DW stadium thanks to a brace from Ross McCormack.
Wigan’s previous competitive visit to LS11 was an enthralling FA Cup Third Round replay in January 2006. Following a 1-1 draw at the JJB, it was back to Elland Road for a game that went all the way to a penalty shoot out following a 3-3 draw, which will be remembered for Gary Kelly’s strike. Wigan went through 4-2 on penalties
Wigan’s first ever visit to Elland Road came on Halloween 2004. It saw the debut of striker David Healy following his switch from Preston North End, however he was unable help his side to victory as goals from Alan Mahon and Jimmy Bullard won it for the visitors.
Wigan were the opponents for United's last friendly before embarking on their League One tour in August 2007. Leeds lost the game 2-1 with Jermaine Beckford scoring the goal.
Since 2000, Leeds United have had a mixed record on Boxing Day having played 13, won four, drawn five and lost four, with the last victory coming against Hartlepool United in 2009.
United's last five:
December 20th 2014 - Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United
December 13th 2014 - Leeds United 0-1 Fulham
December 6th 2014 - Ipswich Town 4-1Leeds United
November 29th 2014 - Leeds United 2-0 Derby County
November 22nd 2014 - Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Leeds United
United’s home record reads: P11 W5 D3 L3 F14 A9 PTS 18/33
Wigan's last five:
December 20th 2014 - Wigan Athletic 1-2 Rotherham United
December 13th 2014 - Watford 2-1 Wigan Athletic
December 6th 2014 - Wigan Athletic 0-1 Norwich City
November 29th 2014 - Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Wigan Athletic
November 22nd 2014 - Wigan Athletic 1-1 Middlesbrough
Wigan’s away record reads P11 W1 D2 L8 F9 A19 PTS 5/33
Top scorers in all competitions:
Leeds: Mirco Antenucci (8)
Wigan: Callum McManaman (5)
All stats are provided courtesy of Andrew Dalton, give Andrew a follow on Twitter at @lufcstats