Votes are in for the TNS Top 50 Latics Players (1)

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After spending many hours collating the results we are now in a position to start to reveal our TNS Top 50 Latics players – voted for by you, the fans

We would again like to thank wholeheartedly everyone who participated. In total we received around 1,300 votes from around 130 Wigan Athletic fans. Still a relatively small sample of our overall fanbase but enough to get a real yardstick of which players have contributed the most to Wigan Athletic’s history and endeared themselves the most to the club’s supporters over the years. And this is certainly the first time for a while, if not ever that such a poll has been put together.

Only one player polled over 100 votes to be crowned the eventual and worthy winner although it was a very closely fought contest for a while with 127 different players receiving at least one vote as part of the process.

Over the next couple of weeks we will reveal all and count down those famous players who have worn the blue and white over the years, delving into Bernard Ramsdale’s wonderful archives here at TNS which tell you everything you need to know about every player who has played for Wigan Athletic since we became a part of the hallowed 92.

But for now, we thought it would make a useful start to list all those players who were nominated by individuals but just missed out on the Top 50. They all meant something to someone, although I reserved the right to filter out the Paul Dalglishs, the Jeff Perons and Alan McLoughlins. I was only disappointed that Leigh Jenkinson or Wayne Entwistle didn’t receive a vote.

Although on a more serious note, there were a few notable omissions such as Paul Beesley, Darren Patterson, Ian Griffiths and the recently deceased Chris Thompson for whom I was surprised didn’t receive a vote but anyway here are the ones who polled anything up to a handful of votes but just missed out.

There is no order here but I have tried to list them by era and group them in the chronological order during which they were most noted for playing for the club.

Division Four or Three are first time around; League Two and League One second time following our relegation and subsequent promotion in the Nineties and the rest should be reasonably self explanatory. Again, I’m sure Bernard will correct me (or preferably go in and do a sneaky edit) if I’ve put anyone in the wrong place:


Non League

Alan Halsall

Billy Lomax

Bobby Todd

Dennis Reeves

Gordon Milne

Graham Oates

Jim Fleming

Jimmy Savage

Johnny King

Johnny Rogers

Maurice Whittle

Peter Higham


Division Four

Dave Shearer

Derek Brownbill

Ian Purdie

Jeff Wright

John Brown

Kevin Sheldon

Kevin Smart

Larry Lloyd

Les Bradd


Division Three

Alex Cribley

Andy Ainscow

Archie Gemmill

Barry Knowles

Dave Thompson

David Lee

Don Page

Joe Parkinson

Mike Newell

Paul Cook

Phil Hughes

Ray Woods

Stan McEwan

Steve Walsh

Tony Black

Warren Aspinall


League Two

Allan Johnson

Andy Lyons

Graham Lancashire

Jesus Seba

John Robertson

Peter Skipper


League One

Carl Bradshaw

Derek Stillie

Gino Padula

Jason Jarrett

Kevin Sharp

Mike Flynn

Pat McGibbon

Paul Rogers

Steve McMillan

Wayne Biggins



Gary Walsh

Ian Breckin

Nicky Eaden


Premier League

Amr Zaki

Antonio Alcaraz

Chris Kirkland

David Unsworth

Denny Landzaat

Franco Di Santo

James McArthur

Kevin Kilbane

Mario Melchiot

Michael Brown

Mohamed Diame

Pascal Chimbonda

Ryan Taylor

Shaun Maloney

Titus Bramble

Victor Moses


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