Date:Thursday October 14 2010
Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United have made a few connections down the years with quite a few players pulling on both the blue and white of the Latics and the black and white of Newcastle at one time or another:
Dave Beasant, Titus Bramble, Alex Bruce, Paul Dalglish, Tony Dinning, Alan Herron, Keith Gillespie, Alan Kennedy, Gordon Milne, Jimmy Naylor, Michael O`Neill, Georgie Scott, Antoine Sibierski, Charlie Spencer, Roy Tunks, Mickey Quinn, Ryan Taylor and of course Charles N`Zogbia
It`s fair to say that some of the players mentioned above have had an impact at both clubs, Titus Bramble and Antoine Sibierski were fans favourites at the Latics, Ryan Taylor couldn`t stop scoring against the Geordies in his time at the DW Stadium and Charles N`Zogbia is the current Latics player of the season, but it`s a name from the past that holds the most intrigue for me, Mickey Quinn
An old fashioned centre forward Quinn started his career with the Latics, he made his debut as a 17 year old and went on to play 69 games scoring 19 goals, unfortunately for the Latics manager Larry Lloyd decided that Quinny was surplus to requirements and off loaded him to Stockport County.
Whilst at Stockport the bubbly Scouser made a name for himself banging the goals in and so his career as a travelling goal scorer began. He had a wealth of clubs that included Newcastle where he made 115 appearances scoring 59 goals between 1989 - 92 before he was shipped out to Coventry by manager Kevin Keegan.
A great talker on the after dinner circuit Quinn is a larger than life character who as a player was never afraid to put his head, arm, butt or any other part of his anatomy in if it meant scoring a goal.
There are many tales doing the rounds of Quinny and his exploits but one particular one that concerns the Latics comes from the Virgin Media web site:
'When Mick Quinn joined Wigan Athletic he was rumbled for continuing to sign on the dole. Quinn regarded the money as a signing on fee. Luckily the DSS didn`t prosecute, allowing him to pay the money back weekly. Quinn later claimed he needed the money for food - his favourite meal is seconds.`
His book, Who Ate All The Pies, is a gem of a read and is tragically funny following the career of this loveable rogue and his antics around the football circuit, his drinking and many misdemeanours, highly recommended.
Latics and Proud
Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan
To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site
Date:Thursday October 14 2010
FSF Awards - Vote For Your Latics Favs (Tuesday September 30 2014)
Big Game Preview - Latics v Forest (Tuesday September 30 2014)
Any Previous? - Latics v Forest (Monday September 29 2014)
Meet The Ref - Latics v Forest - Kevin Wright (Monday September 29 2014)
Down And Out? - Bournemouth 2 Latics 0 (Sunday September 28 2014)
What The Bosses Said - AFC Bournemouth 2 Latics 0 (Sunday September 28 2014)
Stats: AFC Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic (Saturday September 27 2014)
Team Sheets - AFC Bournemouth v Latics (Saturday September 27 2014)
Grant Holt Off To Huddersfield On Loan Deal (Saturday September 27 2014)
Big Game Preview - Bournemouth v Latics (Saturday September 27 2014)
|4.||Noel Wards Leg||107|
|He Who Laughs……….
» Fulham : 30/09/2014 16:50:00
|PREVIEW: Watford v Brentford
» Watford : 30/09/2014 16:37:00
|Ipswich Irish Aim To Make It Five
» Ipswich : 30/09/2014 16:14:00
|Team news: Leeds vs Reading
» Reading : 30/09/2014 15:32:00
» Bolton : 30/09/2014 15:00:00