Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday December 27 2008
With Wigan Athletic travelling to our near neighbours Bolton Wanderers tomorrow Vital Latics thought it might be an idea to take a quick look at some of the players and staff that have represented both clubs down the years.
Paul Comstive, Dave Crompton, George Eastham, Wayne Entwistle, Simon Farnworth, Gareth Farrelly, Dave Felgate, Per Frandsen, Scott Green, Tony Kelly, David Lee, Paul Lodge, Dave Lyon, Andy May, Dave McKearney, Neil Redfearn, Dave Redfern, Bruce Rioch, Mark Seagraves, Stuart Storer, Greg Strong, Steve Taylor, Emerson Thome, Chris Thompson, David Thompson, Gavin Ward, Stuart Whittaker,
Of the players mentioned above Tony Kelly is surely one of the most gifted players ever to grace either the Latics or the Wanderers, he joined the Latics from Prescott Cables in 1984 and made his debut at right back against Walsall he went on to make 103 appearances and scored 15 goals
Kelly was a free kick specialist at the club and he was nick named Zico due to his accuracy and in the Newcastle programme he was declared the 2nd greatest Latics free-kick specialist behind Ryan Taylor, I disagree with that, he was the best.
Kelly had a liking for pies and beer that stopped him from reaching the very top that his talents deserved, he left Latics for Stoke City in 1987 for £80,000 but not before a goal scoring performance at Wembley in Latics 3-1 demolition of Brentford in the Freight Rover Trophy Final.
Kelly joined Bolton in 1991 and played 106 times for the Burnden Park outfit scoring 5 goals from midfield he rejoined Latics before in 1995 before moving onto Altrincham, he has also done some work with the kids at the Latics when Jewell was in charge.
The Bolton Years
Kelly signed for Bolton in August 1991 from Shrewsbury Town for £100,000 and made his debut on the 17th August 1991 at Burnden Park against Huddersfield Town.
Kelly went on to make over 100 appearances for Bolton and earned the nickname 'Tubby` for obvious reasons, before leaving for Port Vale on a free transfer in September 1994
He was an almost ever present for both clubs during his time at Wigan and Bolton becoming Kelly the legend.
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Date:Saturday December 27 2008
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