Wigan Athletic have been handed a home game against Champion League winners Chelsea, at the DW Stadium for our opening game of the 2012 – 2013 season, closing with a home game against Aston Villa.

The fixtures computer has mixed up the top teams for Latics, in the past we have had a bad run of playing them ‘on the bounce’, but they are evenly spread across the season this time.

After the opener against Chelsea we make a first ever trip to St Mary’s Stadium to play Southampton for the first time in the league. I remember making the trip down there on a ‘special train’ set up by the club for our only other game against the South coast outfit in the FA Cup…. I won’t be doing that again this year – the Supporters Club coach or a plane for me.

Boxing Day sees us play Everton at Goodison Park and we are at home against Manchester united on New Year’s Day. Our last away game of the season is against Arsenal, weekender on the cards there for the trip to the Emirates.

We play League Champions Manchester City on November 22nd at the DW Stadium whilst our other local game sees Liverpool come to Wigan on March 2nd.

All in all it looks good to go for Bobby (I think) to carry on where he left off and show that you can be a top ten force without the huge name the media thinks you need to succeed.

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Sat Aug 18 Chelsea H
Sat Aug 25 Southampton A
Sat Sep 1 Stoke City H
Sat Sep 15 Manchester Utd A
Sat Sep 22 Fulham H
Sat Sep 29 Sunderland A
Sat Oct 6 Everton H
Sat Oct 20 Swansea City A
Sat Oct 27 West Ham United H
Sat Nov 3 Tottenham Hotspur A
Sat Nov 10 West Bromwich Albion H
Sat Nov 17 Liverpool A
Sat Nov 24 Reading H
Tue Nov 27 Manchester City H

Sat Dec 1 Newcastle United A
Sat Dec 8 Queens Park Rangers H
Sat Dec 15 Norwich City A
Sat Dec 22 Arsenal H
Wed Dec 26 Everton A
Sat Dec 29 Aston Villa A
Tue Jan 1 Manchester Utd H
Sat Jan 12 Fulham A
Sat Jan 19 Sunderland H
Tue Jan 29 Stoke City A
Sat Feb 2 Southampton H
Sat Feb 9 Chelsea A
Sat Feb 23 Reading A
Sat Mar 2 Liverpool H
Sat Mar 9 Manchester City A
Sat Mar 16 Newcastle United H
Sat Mar 30 Norwich City H

Sat Apr 6 Queens Park Rangers A
Sat Apr 13 Swansea City H
Sat Apr 20 West Ham United A
Sat Apr 27 Tottenham Hotspur H
Sat May 4 West Bromwich Albion A
Sun May 12 Arsenal A
Sun May 19 Aston Villa H

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