MM’s top five… Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic players

Wigan Athletic host Bolton Wanderers at the DW Stadium on Saturday as Greater Manchester’s two Championship clubs clash for the third time this season.

Wanderers ran out 3-1 winners in the reverse Championship fixture at the Macron Stadium in November, with Latics manager Uwe Rosler being sacked less than a week later.

The Trotters then completed a home double in the FA Cup third-round tie between the two sides in January with a 1-0 win.

Ahead of their latest meeting, MM looks back at five players who have represented both clubs.

5) Ali Al-Habsi

Omani goalkeeper Al-Habsi arrived at Bolton in January 2006 as back-up for Jussi Jääskeläinen, and coincidentally made his first Premier League start against Wigan.

Despite being rewarded with a new contract, he lost his place when Jääskeläinen returned from injury and in July 2010 he joined the Latics on loan.

After being named the Wigan’s player of the season at the end of his first year, he joined permanently for around £4 million.

He impressed greatly over the next two seasons but has found himself out of favour this season, playing just 11 times in all competitions.

4) Per Frandsen

A player more renowned for his time in a Bolton shirt than a Wigan one, Danish international Frandsen played over 300 games for Wanderers over two spells.

He arrived in 1996 and helped the Trotters win promotion back to the Premier League in his first season, but moved to Blackburn Rovers after relegation the following season.

He returned to Wanderers after just one unhappy season at Rovers and became a key player once again, helping the club return to the Premier League and reach the 2004 League Cup final.

He joined Wigan in June 2004 but was forced to cut short his career only a few months later after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

3) Scott Green

Green joined Bolton for £50,000 in 1990 and was a regular as the club secured promotion to the Second Division for the first time in a decade in 1993.

He then helped them win promotion back to the Premier League in 1995, but departed for Wigan in 1997 boasting 286 appearances with Wanderers.

Scoring on his Latics début on the opening day of the 1997/98 season, he was part of the side that won the Football League Trophy at Wembley in 1999.

His time at Wigan ended on a high with promotion to the English second tier for the first time in the club’s history in 2002-03.

2) Simon Farnworth

Farnworth spent his entire playing career in the North West, with spells at Bury and Preston North End sandwiched between periods at Bolton and Wigan.

The Chorley-born goalkeeper started his career at the Trotters, playing 113 Third Division games for before leaving upon their relegation to the fourth tier in 1987.

After stints with the Shakers and Preston he joined Wigan in 1993, playing 126 league games before retiring three years later.

Farnworth continued his Latics association by joining the backroom staff as a physiotherapist, and has regularly turned out for both Bolton and Wigan in ex-pro competitions.

1) Tony Kelly

Kelly joined Wigan as a 19-year-old in 1984, was voted Player of the Year the following year, and made over 120 appearances for the club in two years.

In 1991 he arrived at Bolton and quickly became a fan favourite, earning the nickname ‘Zico’, after the former Brazilian star.

A regular in the side that rose from the Third Division to the First in just three years, he amassed over 100 league appearances for Wanderers before being given a free transfer in 1994.

After a brief second spell at Wigan in 1995-96 he rejoined Bolton as Fan Liaison Officer and remains at the club to this day as a Community Trust Ambassador.

Main image courtesy of Wigan Athletic via YouTube, with thanks.

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