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Wigan Athletic FA Cup winners of 2013: Where are they now?

Tuesday 28th November 2017

It is over four years since Wigan Athletic famously defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup final. Ben Watson's header made history at Wembley, carving the club's name onto the prestigious trophy for the first time. Since then, the Latics tumbled to League One, returned to the Championship, but then suffered another relegation. There is never a dull moment at the DW Stadium.

So, where are Wigan's 2013 FA Cup final starting XI?

Goalkeeper

The goalkeeper that day was the Spaniard, Joel Robles. He was on loan from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid. His former Wigan manager, Roberto Martinez, brought him to Everton in summer 2013. Although Robles is now the number two at Goodison Park, he will always be the proud owner of an FA Cup winners' medal.

Defence

At right-back was the experienced Emmerson Boyce. He played over 250 games for Wigan in a spell lasting nine years. After leaving in 2015 to join Blackpool, Boyce spent just one season with the Seasiders before his contract expired. Since retiring, the 38-year-old has put his boots back on to train with non-league side Egerton. 

Centre-back Paul Scharner spent four years with the Latics from 2006 to 2010 before signing for West Bromwich Albion. He later returned to the DW Stadium, though, on loan from German side Hamburg. The now 37-year-old retired shortly after Wigan's FA Cup triumph.  

Scharner's partner in central defence that day, Antolin Alcaraz, is currently playing for Club Libertad in Paraguay. Like Robles, Alcaraz followed Martinez to Everton and failed to nail down a first-team place.

Honduras international Roger Espinoza featured at left-back. Since departing Wigan in 2014, he has played for Sporting Kansas City. The 31-year-old also has 46 caps for his country.

Midfield

Wigan adopted a 4-3-3 formation in the 2013 FA Cup final, with James McCarthy deployed in right midfield. He was another player who left the Latics to reunite with Martinez, joining the Toffees for £13 million. The Republic of Ireland international remains at Everton, despite continuous links with a move away.

Next to McCarthy was James McArthur. He stayed at Wigan the following season in the Championship but was snapped up by Crystal Palace in 2014. The 30-year-old has represented the Eagles ever since.

The third midfielder, Jordi Gomez, is somewhat of a Wigan cult hero. He now plays his football in Bulgaria for PFC Levski Sofia.

Attack

Callum McManaman lined up on the right-hand side. He was awarded the Man of the Match in the FA Cup final. Since joining West Brom in 2015, however, his career has stalled. With Premier League opportunities limited, McManaman was shipped out to Sheffield Wednesday last season. He is currently on loan at Sunderland.

On the left was Shaun Maloney. After leaving Wigan in 2014 to join Chicago Fire, he returned to England a year later, signing for Hull City. The Scot left the Tigers last summer. He has since become the Celtic U20 manager.

The lone striker was Arouna Kone. After being released by Everton, the 34-year-old joined Turkish side Sivasspor on a free transfer in the summer.

Harry Mail

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