The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: Number 31 – Ian Gillibrand

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: Number 31 – Ian Gillibrand

Today’s entry into the hall of fame is sure to be a popular choice as it is a man who holds a very unique distinction in Wigan Athletic history.

Ian Gillibrand was the captain of Wigan Athletic throughout the 1970’s and will go down as the man who led Wigan Athletic out in their first ever Football League fixture at Edgar Street, home of Hereford United in August 1978.

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: Number 32 – Scott Green

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: Number 32 – Scott Green

Time to plop the old Devil’s Advocate hat on me head here again methinks. Was Scott Green THAT good a player or was he just a fist pumping, constantly charging forward and getting out of position frustrated full back? And of course, there’s the ex-Bolton factor to consider. Urrgh THAT Bolton side: John McGinlay, John Thomas, Jeff Chandler, Julian fricking Darby, Tony Philliskirk, Phil Brown what an almost universally dislikeable bunch they were.

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #36 – Roy Tunks

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #36 – Roy Tunks

Let’s get this show moving again then with another entry into the Wigan Athletic hall of fame. This time it’s another custodian up on the podium and one of long-standing at that. Anyway, by now some folk might be getting sick of my prose dare I say so it’s time to hand over to one or two guest writers and I had only one name in mind when it came to the subject of Roy Tunks:

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #37 – Gary Teale

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #37 – Gary Teale

I think it might be time to don my trusty tin hat again. Just to remind you dear reader, this poll was produce using the votes of hundreds of Latics fans, so please stop shouting at us via social media “WHO THE F***ING HELL VOTED FOR THAT USELESS T***!!” You did the voting not us!

Like a certain Welshman before him, there can be no doubting that Gary Teale had unique football talent: pace, guile, the ability to smash one in from thirty yards like he did at Ipswich that time. I suppose the great divide came over his heart and reticence to partake in that proper Wiggin Mon’s tradition of “getting stuck in where it hurts”.  When you think, he’s Scottish as well…..

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #38 – Eamon O’Keefe

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #38 – Eamon O’Keefe

Sometimes you don’t have to hang around a long time to earn yourself legendary status. Some footballers just produce one season or even half season of absolute genius that defines their career or at least their stay at one club during a definitive season.

 

Clearly, the part Eamon O’Keefe played in Wigan Athletic’s first ever league successful promotion campaign under Larry Lloyd lives long in the memory of many Latics fans. This was a club which had spent decades in non-league football and had only got into the Football League four years earlier and O’Keefe scored some crucial goals to made it happen.

 

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #39 – Joe Hinnigan

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #39 – Joe Hinnigan

Time for another entry into our hall of fame, the last one for today and we stretch back to a player who served Wigan Athletic in both the Northern Premier League and our early league campaigns.

Fondly remembered by older fans, scorer of Wigan Athletic’s first ever league goal and one of the early pioneers of the long production line of Wigan Athletic players sold on to bigger clubs for a pittance. Well actually, we got good money for him back then a record fee.

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #41 – Hugo Rodallega

The TNS Top 50 All time Latics players: #41 – Hugo Rodallega

Can I say pleasant things about someone who has just slung his hook for a whopping pay rise? I suppose it all depends really. We’ll have to go down the whole rigmarole of arguing over whether the money he was after effectively priced him out of getting a new contract at Wigan Athletic, or whether no new contract was forthcoming because we knew he was looking for £70,000 a week or even the third view which is we should be shelling out £70k a week to keep our best players.

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