Just seven years after their famous FA Cup final win over Manchester City, Wigan Athletic have gone into administration.Embed from Getty Images
The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the club’s finances and they are desperately looking for new buyers. They are currently fighting in a relegation battle in the Championship and Wigan fans can only hope that the situation will not worsen by having to play in League One next season.
This Wigan side is in an awful situation and the club faces a difficult road to ensure it has a future. With this current situation in mind, we take a look at the FA Cup-winning Wigan side and see where they are now.
GK: Joel Robles
The man who started in goal and kept a clean sheet for Wigan was on loan from Atlético Madrid in 2013. He played nine times for the club with his most important performance earning him a FA Cup winners medal. Joel Robles followed his Wigan manager Roberto Martinez to Everton in 2013 where he made 42 appearances over five seasons. He later joined Real Betis in 2018 where he is currently plying his trade as their No.1. They currently sit 14th in La Liga and look likely to stay in a mid-table position come the end of the season.
RB: Emmerson Boyce
Wigan’s captain on that day played in his usual position at right-back. He led them to a FA Cup win and lifted the cup with non-playing club captain Gary Caldwell. That day at Wembley was definitely the highlight of the Bajan’s (below) nine seasons with the club and, after 263 appearances, he left in 2015 on a free transfer to Blackpool. In 2016 he retired from football and re-joined Wigan as an academy coach where he still is to this day.Embed from Getty Images
CB: Paul Scharner
The first of Wigan’s centre backs on that day was also a loanee from overseas. Paul Scharner (below) came back to Wigan on loan from Hamburger SV in 2013. He had previously been at Wigan from 2006 to 2010 making 145 appearances and scored 14 times for the club. He returned in January 2013 going on to make 14 further appearances for the club. The Austrian retired later that year in September.Embed from Getty Images
CB: Antolín Alcaraz
The Paraguayan was Wigan’s other centre back on that day. His FA Cup-winning season was his last for the club. He had spent 3 seasons with the club before leaving for Everton just like Joel Robles in 2013. He spent 2 seasons with the Toffees before moving to Spain with Las Palmas for a year before moving back to Paraguay. In 2016, he joined Libertad for another 2 seasons. Now the 37-year-old plays for the record Paraguayan champions Olimpia where he has played with Emmanuel Adebayor.
LB: Roger Espinoza
Roger Espinoza completed the backline for Wigan on that day, playing at left-back. He joined the Latics in 2013 from Sporting Kansas City. Espinoza made 43 appearances for the club before returning to Kansas City ahead of the 2015 season. The Honduran had an unsuccessful loan spell at Swope Park Rangers in 2019, making just one appearance before returning to Kansas City for the second time.
CM: James McCarthy
Now we move to the midfield where we find Irishman James McCarthy (below). The Glasgow-born star played 120 times for Wigan before following the popular route to Everton along with his manager in 2013. He spent six years on Merseyside, making 108 appearances for them. He later moved to London in 2019 and joined Crystal Palace where he currently plays under Roy Hodgson.Embed from Getty Images
CM: James McArthur
James McArthur played alongside McCarthy in central midfield on that day. The Scotsman played a vital role in midfield for Wigan over his four years at the club. Strangely, McArthur’s career has mirrored that of similarly named McCarthy many times. Both kicked off their careers at Hamilton Academical and both now play for Crystal Palace.
He left Wigan in 2014 having made 129 appearances.
CM: Jordi Gómez
The Barcelona youth product completed Wigan’s midfield trio on that day. He was the only player in the starting 11 to not complete the full 90 minutes, having been substituted for Ben Watson after 81 minutes. He later left Wigan in 2014 moving around England to Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers for one-year spells at each club. He returned to Wigan in 2016 before moving back to Spain in 2017. Now he plays for the Cypriot side AC Omonia.
RW: Callum McManaman
The Wigan academy graduate (below) was the club’s Man Of The Match on that day, giving arguably his best performance in a Wigan shirt at Wembley. The Englishman spent eight years at Wigan from 2007 to 2015. He joined West Brom then Sunderland with a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday in between, before returning to Wigan for a second spell in 2018. The second spell just lasted for a year and in 2019 he joined Luton Town where he currently plays.Embed from Getty Images
ST: Arouna Kone
The Ivorian international (below) started as Wigan’s No.9 at Wembley. Arouna played just a single season at Wigan but ended up with a FA Cup winners’ medal. The striker was among the four others from Wigan’s side that day to join Everton with his manager at the start of the 2013-14 season. He spent four years with Everton before moving to the Turkish side Sivasspor, where he still plays.Embed from Getty Images
LW: Shaun Maloney
The man who took the famous free kick at Wembley to win the FA Cup (below) completes the starting XI. That corner was his most important contribution in his four years at the club. He joined Chicago Fire in 2015. He was in Chicago for just eight months, before moving back to England with Hull City where he played till his retirement in 2017. The former Celtic and Villa man is now employed as the assistant coach of Roberto Martinez for the Belgian National Team, his former manager from his time at Wigan.Embed from Getty Images