2007 Wigan Warriors season

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2007 Wigan Warriors season
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Stadium JJB Stadium
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This article is about the 2007 season of the Wigan Warriors in the Super League and Challenge Cup.


Season preview

2006 was a poor season for Wigan finishing 8th overall in the Super League but for most of the season they were battling with relegation. In 2007 Wigan will look to avoid another season like 2006, many players from the 2006 squad have left Wigan and been replaced by players such as Trent Barrett, Phil Bailey and Thomas Leuluai who will be important members of the 2007 Wigan squad. Players like Stuart Fielden and Chris Ashton who has impressive season in 2006 will be looking to continue their form in 2007 and some young academy player such as Darrell Goulding, Paul Prescott and Michael McIlorum will be looking to break into the first team in 2007. Wigan start the season with a tough home fixture against Warrington Wolves. Wigan will play local rivals St. Helens 4 times during the regular season including a match in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.


N Huddersfield Giants Lost222421 January 2007 Galpharm Stadium 3,960 Friendly
N Salford City Reds Won201531 January 2007 The Willows 2,902 Friendly
N WhitehavenLost0304 February 2007 Recreation Ground Friendly
1 Warrington Wolves Lost10169 February 2007 JJB Stadium 21,693 Super League XII
2 Catalans Dragons Won181617 February 2007Gilbert Brutus7,052 Super League XII
3 Bradford Bulls Lost283224 February 2007 Grattan Stadium 12,798 Super League XII
4 Hull Kingston Rovers Lost16262 March 2007 JJB Stadium 15,178 Super League XII
5 Harlequins RL Won16129 March 2007 JJB Stadium 14,971 Super League XII
6 Salford City Reds Won25616 March 2007 The Willows 6,025 Super League XII
7 Hull F.C. Won302023 March 2007 KC Stadium 12,755 Super League XII
CC4 Widnes Vikings Won34241 April 2007 Halton Stadium 6,006Rugby League Challenge Cup
8 St. Helens Lost14326 April 2007 JJB Stadium 24,028 Super League XII
9 Leeds Rhinos Won201810 April 2007 Headingley Stadium 16,465 Super League XII
10 Huddersfield Giants Lost164115 April 2007 Galpharm Stadium 7,170 Super League XII
11 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Won441020 April 2007 JJB Stadium 14,108 Super League XII
12 Salford City Reds Won502427 April 2007 The Willows 6,603 Super League XII
13 St. Helens Lost18345 May 2007 Millennium Stadium 32,384 Super League XII
CC5 Leeds Rhinos Won221812 May 2007 Headingley Stadium 8,982Rugby League Challenge Cup
14 Hull Kingston Rovers Lost101218 May 2007 JJB Stadium 13,538 Super League XII
15 Hull F.C. Won471626 May 2007 JJB Stadium 14,314 Super League XII
16 Harlequins RL Lost8182 June 2007 Twickenham Stoop 5,657 Super League XII
CCQF Harlequins RL Won2568 June 2007 JJB Stadium 10,835Rugby League Challenge Cup
17 Catalans Dragons Won30015 June 2007 JJB Stadium 12,641 Super League XII
18 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Lost6321 July 2007 Belle Vue 8,126 Super League XII
19 Bradford Bulls Won25186 July 2007 JJB Stadium 15,107 Super League XII
20 Leeds Rhinos Won18213 July 2007 JJB Stadium 14,544 Super League XII
21 St. Helens Lost121920 July 2007 Knowsley Road 14,293 Super League XII
CCSF Catalans Dragons Lost243629 July 2007 Halliwell Jones Stadium 10,218Rugby League Challenge Cup
22 Warrington Wolves Lost24435 August 2007 Halliwell Jones Stadium 12,152 Super League XII
23 Huddersfield Giants Won201210 August 2007 JJB Stadium 12,744 Super League XII
24 Harlequins RL Draw161618 August 2007 Twickenham Stoop 3,200 Super League XII
25 Salford City Reds Won401631 August 2007 JJB Stadium 13,611 Super League XII
26 Hull Kingston Rovers Won40249 September 2007 Craven Park 7,370 Super League XII
27 St. Helens Won201214 September 2007 JJB Stadium 22,036 Super League XII
Bradford Bulls Won313021 September 2007 Grattan Stadium 9,055 Super League XII Play-offs
Hull F.C. Won211829 September 2007 KC Stadium 16,291 Super League XII Play-offs
Leeds Rhinos Lost6365 October 2007 Headingley Stadium 16,112 Super League XII Play-offs

↑ Wigan Warriors only played a second grade squad against Whitehaven, mostly made up of players from the Wigan Warriors Academy.

League table

Final League Table

1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 271908783422+36138
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 271818747487+26037
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 271719778560+218331
4 Hullcolours.svg Hull 2714211573553+2030
5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 2713113638543+9527
6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 2715111621527+94272
7 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 2713014639739−4326
8 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2711115596714−11823
9 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 2710314495636−14123
10 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 2710116570685−11516
11 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 2710017491723−23220
12 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 226120475874−39913

1Bradford deducted 2 points for breaching of salary cap rules.

2Wigan deducted 4 points for breaching salary cap rules.


Wigan Warriors round by round progress during the 2007 Super League season

2007 Full squad

NumberPlayerPositionPrevious club
1 Chris Ashton 1 Fullback Wigan Warriors Academy
2 Mark Calderwood Winger Leeds Rhinos
3 Phil Bailey Centre Cronulla Sharks
4 Michael Withers 1 Centre Bradford Bulls
5 Pat Richards Winger Wests Tigers
6 Trent Barrett Stand Off St George Illawarra Dragons
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum-half Harlequins RL
8 Stuart Fielden Prop forward Bradford Bulls
9 Mickey Higham Hooker Bradford Bulls
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Prop forward New Zealand Warriors
11 Gareth Hock Second Rower Wigan Warriors Academy
12 Bryan Fletcher Second Rower South Sydney Rabbitohs
13 Sean O'Loughlin Loose forward Wigan Warriors Academy
14 David Vaealiki Centre Parramatta Eels
16 Shane Millard Hooker Leeds Rhinos
18 Paul Prescott Prop forward Wigan Warriors Academy
19 Harrison Hansen Second Rower Wigan Warriors Academy
20 Darrell Goulding Centre Wigan Warriors Academy
21 Danny Hill Second Rower Hull
22 Joel Tomkins Second Rower Wigan Warriors Academy
23 Liam Colbon Winger Wigan Warriors Academy
24 Eamon O'Carroll Prop forward Wigan Warriors Academy
25 Michael McIlorum Hooker Wigan Warriors Academy
26 Thomas Coyle Scrum-half Wigan Warriors Academy
27 Sean Gleeson 1 Centre Wigan Warriors Academy
28 Mark Flanagan Stand Off Bradford Bulls

1 Denotes a player who left Wigan Warriors during 2007. For more information see Transfers Section


Transfer for 2007 (In)

NameTransferred fromFeeDate signed
Phil Bailey Cronulla Sharks Free Transfer May 2006
Trent Barrett St George Illawarra Dragons Free Transfer May 2006
Thomas Leuluai Harlequins RL Free Transfer December 2006
Shane Millard Leeds Rhinos Free Transfer December 2006
Michael Withers Bradford Bulls Free Transfer December 2006
Mark Flanagan Bradford Bulls £10,900January 2007

Transfer for 2007 (Out)

NameTransferred toFeeDate released
Brett Dallas RetiredSeptember 2006
Michael Dobson Canberra Raiders Return From LoanSeptember 2006
Wayne Godwin Hull Free Transfer September 2006
Scott Logan Canberra Raiders Free Transfer September 2006
Chris Melling Harlequins RL Free Transfer September 2006
Oliver Wilkes Widnes Vikings Free Transfer September 2006
Bryn Hargreaves St. Helens ReleasedOctober 2006
Danny Sculthorpe Wakefield Trinity Wildcats ReleasedOctober 2006
Danny Tickle Hull Free Transfer October 2006
Danny Orr Harlequins RL Free Transfer October 2006
Nathan McAvoy Bradford Bulls ReleasedFebruary 2007
Sean Gleeson Wakefield Trinity Wildcats ReleasedMay 2007
Michael Withers RetiredJune 2007
Chris Ashton [1] Northampton Saints ReleasedAugust 2007

2007 Loans (Out)

NameLoan toLoan startedLoan ended
Sean Gleeson Huddersfield Giants February 2007April 2007
Danny Hill Hull Kingston Rovers April 2007May 2007
Joel Tomkins Widnes Vikings August 2007Current

Club personnel 2008

President – Peter Higginbottom Life Members – Joe Egan, Billy Blan, Johnny Lawrenson


Owner and chairman – Ian Lenagan (as from 1 December 2007) company secretary – Paul Wright


Head Coach – Brian Noble Assistant Coach – Phil Veivers

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