UK time is: 21:38:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Vital Latics Top 50 - Gary Caldwell



Vital Wigan members and posters have produced a Latics Top 50 Footballers list and there are some great players on that list and their names really do conjure up some fantastic memories. The members of Vital Latics have also created some very unique pen-pictures of their hero's, these are being published in no particular order:

Gary Caldwell

I will get this out of the way before I continue with this piece: Gary Caldwell is probably my favourite player from the modern era of Wigan Athletic, despite his less than perfect first six months.

Signed during January 2009 for around half a million pounds, his first season in Wigan colours saw him sent off as many times as he scored. Add to that the fledgling change in philosophy in the manager`s chair that resulted in some rather ropey defensive displays and some fans were questioning his position in a Premier League team.

However, the next season saw him quite rightly appointed captain, and from here on in his leadership and commitment could not be faulted. A proper British centre back, rarely beaten in the air or in a 50/50 challenge, it`s a testament to his organisational skills how poor Wigan`s defence has looked when he`s been missing.

He will always have his detractors, saying he`s too slow or too clumsy to fit in to the pace of the Premier League, but in all honesty his performances in recent months must surely have quelled even his most vocal dissidents.

Never more so has he been needed that during Wigan`s incredible run to safety from March 2012, in particular the sublime victory at the Emirates over Arsenal. Faced with an onslaught of attacks from one of the most potent attacking sides in the division and the hottest striker in the world, Caldwell brought a reassurance and a stoic resistance to the back line that proved to be a matchwinner.

He is perhaps the purest defender Wigan have employed since the great Arjan de Zeeuw, which is high praise indeed: having watched his performances in the last six months, I`m sure the great Dutchman would approve.

Sheikh_Mahand



Bookmark and Share



Join The Vital Debate









Latics and Proud



Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Sheikh_Mahand Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 18 2012

Time: 12:05PM

Your Comments

A fantastic player this last season for us, rightly awarded both the Wigan Athletic AND the Vital Latics player of the season 2011/12
worbo
YES GARY
legolad
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

To Me To You - Latics 1 Rotherham 2 (Sunday December 21 2014)

Football Truce? What Was Going On! (Sunday December 21 2014)

R.C.G. Are Backing Wigan Athletic (Saturday December 20 2014)

Latics v Rotherham - Big Game Preview (Saturday December 20 2014)

The 12th Man - Jingle Bells To That (Friday December 19 2014)

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. scotdave 123
2. russialatic 103
3. worbo 91
4. Pauvre Jean 91
5. Whittleblue 85
6. Bert Hughes 62
7. Thorpyness 60
8. hindleymonwafc 45
9. Lazysid 45
10. Oscarbon 43

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wigan 1 - 2 Rotherham
Watford 2 - 1 Wigan
Wigan 0 - 1 Norwich
Sheff Wed 2 - 1 Wigan
Wigan 1 - 1 Middlesbrough
Bolton 3 - 1 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Leeds Utd 22 6 6 10 -7 24
19. Rotherham 22 5 9 8 -9 24
20. Huddersfield 22 6 6 10 -12 24
21. Millwall 22 5 8 9 -9 23
22. Brighton 22 3 10 9 -8 19
23. Wigan 22 3 8 11 -8 17
24. Blackpool 21 2 6 13 -22 12

Breaking League News

Wolves 1 Brighton 1 (Report)
Brighton : 21/12/2014 20:42:00
Rams Held By Canaries
Derby County : 21/12/2014 20:36:00
Derby County : 21/12/2014 20:34:00
LUFC Sharp - I want to start every game
Leeds Utd : 21/12/2014 20:23:00
Gray - We Have To Be Better Than That
Sheff Wed : 21/12/2014 19:57:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the Match v Rotherham
Suggested By:  James Perch
James Perch 20%
James Perch 80%