2010 Review - Part One

2010 Review - Part One

2010 will be long remembered by Warriors fans as the Club won its first silverware in eight years (2002 Challenge Cup Final)and were crowned Super League Champions for the first time in twelve years (1998 at Old Trafford.) A wonderful year which saw the Club finish top of the table, with 22 wins from 27 games, four points clear of 2nd placed St Helens and 27 wins in all competitions from 34 games and all this in Michael Maguire's first year in charge.

Michael's backroom staff consisted of the appointment of Shaun Wane as Lead Assistant Coach, Mark Bitcon as Head of Strength and Conditioning and Kris Radlinski as Rugby General Manager.

January 2010

Michael Maguire appoints a Leadership Team to take over the Captaincy responsibilities for 2010. The team consists of Sean O'Loughlin, Phil Bailey, Thomas Leuluai, George Carmont and Andy Coley.

Sam Tomkins wins SL Young Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the League Express Annual Awards.

Wigan win first pre-season run out 40-38 away to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The Club complete their Coaching Line-Up for 2010 with the announcements of Reserve and Academy Coaches. Darren Fletcher takes charge of the 20's, assisted by Matty Peet. Peter Williams will be in charge of the 18's assisted by former player Steve Hampson.

A 20's Wigan side go down 14-16 in a pre-season friendly at Leigh.

The Warriors win their final pre-season run out with a 20-12 success at Warrington Wolves.

February 2010

The Club report a 7% increase in season ticket sales for the same period as 2009 ahead of the home opener against Crusaders RL.

Over 350 fans pack the South Stand for the pre-season Fans Forum.

The Club announce 188BET as the new betting partner.
Wigan open up their 2010 engage Super League campaign with a 38-6 win over Crusaders RL. Amos Roberts crosses for a brace in a seven try display.

McIlorum sidelined for between 4-8 weeks with a knee injury from pre-season clash at HJ Stadium.

Warriors make it two home wins in seven days with a 32-6 victory at the DW against Hull KR. Roberts grabs two tries again in a six try display.

The Club mourn the death of Club President Peter Higginbottom age 66.

Phelps out for 4-6 weeks with an ankle ligament injury.

Worthington's announced as official brewing partner and will feature on back of shirts.

Wigan win 22-20 at Warrington, their first away to the Wolves since 2003 and their first in SL at the HJ Stadium. Roberts grabs another brace to take his tally to six in three games.

Warriors 20's pre-season game away to South Wales Scorpions is postponed due to heavy snow.

Wigan Warriors Community Foundation appoints Dave Clark and Tommy Gallagher as their new Community Coaches.

Ainscough joins Castleford Tigers on loan.

Warriors end the month with a 58-0 mauling of Catalans Dragons at home, crossing for ten tries, Richards grabs five tries and nine goals to give him a 38 points tally in the game.

March 2010

Wigan are defeated for the first time in the 2010 SL season going down 20-22 away to Bradford Bulls, that after the Warriors had led the game 20-0.

Michael Maguire wins the Coach of the Month Award for February.

Wigan are drawn away to Sheffield Eagles in the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

The Warriors get back on track in SL with a 48-24 home win over Hull FC. Wigan cross for eight tries with a double each for Goulding and Sam Tomkins.

Wigan continue their winning formula with a 36-22 win at Castleford Tigers, Roberts grabs a hat-trick, Joel Tomkins scores twice as the Warriors score seven tries at the Jungle.

Tuson joins Castleford on loan for a month.

Wigan defeat Leeds at home 24-4 to consolidate their position at the top of the Super League season. Goulding scores two tries in the win.

Lee Mossop signs a new five year contract with the Club which runs until November 2014.

Former great Johnny Lawrenson passes away at the age of 89.

Hansen is ruled out for up to 3 months with a shoulder injury.

April 2010

Wigan Warriors record their first win at Knowsley Road in seven years with an 18-10 win at St Helens in front of a sell out 17,500 crowd. Goulding and Paleaaesina score the tries, Richards adds five goals in what is the last Super League clash between the two sides at the venue.

Wigan complete their Easter programme with a 54-14 rout of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The win is soured with a serious knee ligament injury to Amos Roberts.

Stefan Marsh and Josh Veivers join Whitehaven on Dual Registration.

Wigan move four points clear at the top of the table with a hard fought 18-4 win at Salford City Reds.

Morris Quality Bakers of Coppull sponsor the Under 20's shirts for 2010.

Warriors win at Sheffield 50-34 in Carnegie Challenge Cup action at Bramall Lane. The Warriors are drawn away again in Round 5 at either Widnes Vikings or Lezignan.

Charnley joins Blackpool on Dual Registration.

In front of a bumper 18,605 crowd, Wigan lose their second game of the season 26-38 at home to Harlequins. The game played on St George's Day sees Army Charities to benefit with special shirts worn and auctioned.

Tuson loan deal at Castleford extended.

May 2010

Wigan defeat Huddersfield Giants comfortably at Murrayfield 28-10

The cherry and whites run out resounding winners at Widnes in the Cup progressing 64-10 against the Championship side. Karl Pryce and Sam Tomkins cross for a hat-trick each. Wigan drawn away at Leeds in Quarter Final.

Wigan win 38-30 on the road at Huddersfield which is followed by a 46-26 success at Crusaders.

Sky announces that the Big One 2 home game with Warrington in July will be also screened in 3D.

Seven young Warriors are named in England Under 18's for a Test Match in France.

Wigan bow out of Carnegie Challenge Cup following a nail biting loss at Leeds Rhinos. Lee Smith with a late try to sink the Warriors.

Part two of the review will appear here tomorrow.

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