Andy Liddell topped the scoring charts, with 16 league goals and together with the livewire Nathan Ellington, who proved himself to be one of the most accomplished strikers outside of the top flight, goal scoring was never a problem for the Latics.
Coupled that with a watertight defence which conceded just 25 goals all season and it was no wonder that the Lancastrians were able to top the 100 point mark in their final game of the season, at home to Barnsley.
With money available, Wigan Athletic ought to be able to impose themselves in their debut season in the Nationwide Division One, come August.
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Dario Gradi's men found the going reasonably tough at Gresty Road, as seven home league defeats testify, but their ability to secure three points away was exceptional, with 14 wins, together with an impressive record of only three defeats.
The Alex managed to overcome the challenge of big spending and well supported Cardiff City to claim the second automatic promotion slot, and it would be a foolish man to back against Gradi' keeping the Alex up next time around. EXCELLENT FOOTYMAD WEBSITE.
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Formidable at Ashton Gate, where 15 victories were registered, the West Countrymen only picked up 33 points on their travels. A good finish to the season ensured third place and an eagerly awaited clash with near rivals from down the M4, Cardiff City.
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Manager, Ian Holloway has built a hard working, resilient side, who should go close next season, if they are unsuccessful in the play-offs this time around. Ended the season top of the attendance chart lists.
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Indeed, Ian Dowie's men lost just twice away from their Boundary Park home all seson, but a total of 16 draws put paid to realistic ambitions of automatic promotion.
Will play Queens Park Rangers in the play-offs.
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The Bluebirds did have the prolific Robert Earnshaw amongst their ranks, who claimed a club record 31 goals throughout the campaign, but as his goals dried up late on, the Welshmen lost ground to Crewe Alexandra in the race for automatic promotion.
After losing in the semi-final of the play-offs to Stoke City last season, under fire manager Lennie Lawrence will hope his team can regain their form immediately and clinch a spot in the Nationwide First Division. Anything less will be deemed as failure. EXCELLENT FOOTYMAD WEBSITE.
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For a club to obtain 80 points and still not make the play-offs must be extremely disappointing for all concerned with the Merseyside oufit, but providing the nucleus of the team remains, expect the men from Prenton Park to go even closer next time.
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The Pilgrims highly rated manager, scotsman, Paul Sturrock has fashioned a competitive and hard working unit. Providing their Home Park form can be maintained, further consolidation can be expected next season.
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Greater consistency, especially at home will be needed to challenge for a play-off place next term.
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a difficult start and the capture of the free scoring forward, Sam Parkin, proved pivotal in their climb up the table.
With money tight at the County Ground, another mid table finish is likely in twelve months time.
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Peterborough United, under the guidance of the mercurial Barry Fry, secured a top half placing, thanks to an unbeaten finish to the season of nine games, which included five victories.
Tipped by some for relegation at the start of the campaign, it will be interesting to see if any of the bigger clubs come in for some of the Posh's star young players in the close season.
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Continually amongst the poorest supported clubs in the division in terms of numbers, means money is always tight at Layer Road, a factor which may consign the Essex outfit to a season of struggle next year.
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