Where Are They Now? Wigan’s 2013 FA Cup winning team

By Johann Sigurdsson

Dave Whelan has relinquished day-to-day control of his beloved Wigan to his 23-year-old grandson, David Sharpe, after a tumultuous period in charge. He faced highs and lows after Latics became the first side to lift the FA Cup and be relegated from the Premier League in the same season in 2013. Johann Sigurdsson looks at arguably his greatest achievement as owner when Ben Watson’s goal beat Manchester City to silverware.

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Goalkeeper: Joel Robles

The Spanish goalkeeper had only joined Wigan on loan from Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window. Robles followed Roberto Martinez to Everton at the end of the season and he’s currently Toffees’ second-choice goalie to Tim Howard.

Right-back: Emmerson Boyce

Wigan’s captain on the day joined the club from Crystal Palace in 2006. He is the only one from that momentous win who is still plying his trade at the club.

Centre-back: Paul Scharner

The Austrian was one of the most influential players at the club during his second spell at Wigan, having played there previously from 2006-2010. Former West Brom and Hamburger SV ace Scharner announced his retirement in September 2013 at only 33 years old.

Centre-back: Antolin Alcaraz

The ex-Club Brugge defender is another player who followed gaffer Martinez after the win at Wembley to the blue half of Merseyside, where he is still today.

Left-back: Roger Espinoza

Espinoza was signed by Wigan in the 2013 January transfer window from Sporting Kansas, winning both the FA Cup and getting relegated in his first season. Last December he returned to the USA, joining his old club again.

Right-side midfield: James McCarthy

The third player who joined his former manager at Everton after lifting the cup. Former Hamilton kid McCarthy is a very important cog in the Everton machine and has built a great partnership with Gareth Barry in the middle of the park.

Centre-midfield: James McArthur

McArthur stayed at the club after their relegation and played for them in the Championship. It was not until last summer that he finally left for pastures new to join Crystal Palace, where he was involved in that famous incident with Leicester boss Nigel Pearson.

Left-side midfield: Jordi Gomez

Gomez was first brought to England on loan from Espanyol in 2008 by then-Swansea boss Martinez. But City could not afford to keep hold of him in light of his strong performances and he was reunited with his former manager at Wigan. Today Gomez plays for Sunderland, having left the Latics after a solitary season in the Championship.

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Right winger: Callum McManaman

The man of the match in the final was a constant thorn in Manchester City’s side. He stayed loyal to Wigan and only left the club in January, joining West Brom for a reported £4.75million.

Left winger: Shaun Maloney

Maloney joined the Latics from Celtic in 2011. He had his best season at the club in 2012-13, which culminated in the win at Wembley, scoring 10 goals. Like McManaman he left the club in January’s transfer window, moving to the USA to play for Chicago Fire.

Striker: Arouna Kone

Former Sevilla ace Kone is yet another who followed his manager from Wigan to Everton after just playing one season with the Latics. But the hitman only played in six games for the Toffees last season due to injury.

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Martinez was in charge of Wigan from 2009-2013, but he left to replace David Moyes at Everton. Highly touted throughout his managerial career he had been linked with various jobs, including Aston Villa and Liverpool, before joining Toffees. After a great first season in charge, he has seen his side slide into the relegation battle.

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1 Comment on Where Are They Now? Wigan’s 2013 FA Cup winning team

  1. The Editor // March 11, 2015 at 1:25 pm // Reply

    Relegation to a scrappy league and poor decision making are the reason most left.

    Ben Watson came on as substitute and scored the winner in the FA Cup Final in 2013.
    After a second leg break the following season, he returned a different player.
    Signed for Watford in January

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