Wigan first up for Norwich City

It's not the start many people wanted, but Wigan away will be regarded by Paul Lambert with the same importance as any other game of the new season.

It's a long haul for the fans, at more than 220 miles, but the excitement of a new Premier League era will be uppermost in everyone's minds.

Lambert is one of football's up-and-coming young managerial talents, but Wigan have one of their own in Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard was coveted by Aston Villa, but turned them down and opted instead to continue to try and establish the Latics under supportive owner Dave Whelan.

City have only played Wigan a three times away, and with mixed results. The first trip was an FA Cup exit in January, 1987, followed by a League Cup win in September, 1998.

The first league visit was in the First Division in October, 2003, when it finished 1-1. Iwan Roberts scored a 63rd-minute equaliser for City, who were beginning to flex their muscles on their way to winning the title.

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