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1 June 2013

We take a look at the team that first tasted glory at Wembley for Wigan Athletic.

28 years ago today Latics first tasted glory at Wembley, defeating Brentford 3-1 in the Freight Rover Trophy Final. To mark the anniversary, we're taking a look at the victorious team who lifted the trophy and where they are now...

The German-born keeper joined the club in 1981 from Preston North End where he had made over 250 appearances. In the seven years he spent at Springfield Park he would keep goal 245 times before joining Hartlepool in 1988. Later becoming a goalkeeper coach for the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and England Under 16s, he became Manchester City's Under 18s goalkeeper coach in 2011.

Mr Wigan Athletic has enjoyed pretty much every role at the club since joining in 1980, being a part of Latics during our most historic moments. The uncompromising centre-half was a rock at the back for many a manager over the years, and on this occasion stood tall with Scottish defender Colin Methven. With over 250 appearances on the pitch, a coach, temporary manager and, still today, part of the medical team behind the scenes.

Full-back Barry Knowles (pictured left of image) made over 100 appearances for Latics between 1984-88 and made the cross-over into coaching after retirement. He was the man who first spotted a talented Liverpudlian left-back by the name of Leighton Baines and recommended him to Wigan Athletic as a youngster (we're not sure what happened to Baines after that point!). He later became youth coach at the likes of Blackpool and Chester City, and today is the Head Coach at Burnley College Football Academy.

A Wigan Athletic and Leicester City legend, Walsh made almost 500 appearances combined for both clubs, moving from defence to attack and scoring over 50 goals for the Foxes. After retiring in 2003, Walsh, together with former Leicester midfielder Muzzy Izzet, set up a football academy for young hopefuls, is a regular writer for the Leicester Mercury, has his own events and memorabilia company and can be followed on twitter @stevewalsh5.

Signed from East Fife in 1979, our skipper at Wembley Methven made almost 300 appearances for Latics before joining Blackpool in 1986, he would be voted Wigan Athletic's greatest Football League Player of all time in 1998 by supporters. After spells with Carlisle United, Walsall and Barrow he made the move into coaching, and in 2012 was First Team Coach at AFC Fylde.

Scorer of Latics' third goal that day David Lowe began his career at Latics in 1983, rising through the ranks and becoming an attacking midfielder with a real eye for goal, scoring 40 goals in his first spell at the club before joining Ipswich Town i 1987, and returning in 1996 to make another 109 appearances and score 26 times. Lowe later became part of Paul Jewell's coaching staff at the club, when Jewell took charge as manager, going on to undertake roles with the England Under 21 team and, more recently, as Head of Youth Coaching at Blackburn Rovers.

The man who put daylight between Latics and Brentford 38 years ago with the second goal of the afternoon had a distinguished career with a number of clubs starting with Latics in  1984. He would go on to play for teams such as Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers before retiring in 1997 following a spell with Sligo Rovers. He now works as Fans Liaison Officer and Assistant Youth Team Coach at Bolton Wanderers.

Like Cribley, Barrow was another hard man in the Latics line-up, a controlling midfielder who opposition players would do well to stay on the good side of! Barrow would later become Latics manager between 1994-95, taking up similar roles at the likes of Chester City, Rochdale and Bury before returning to the club he loves in 2009 as part of Roberto Martinez's backroom staff in the role of First Team Coach.

Langley (main image) pulled on the Latics shirt a record 317 times in league competition during his two spells at the club. After retiring in the late 1990s, he moved into coaching and took charge of clubs such as Bangor City, Congleton Town and Kidsgrove Athletic, before returning to Wigan Athletic to take up a role a coaching role in the club's Academy.

The Final was Bennett's (pictured left) last appearance for Wigan Athletic before moving on to play for Chester City, after just one memorable year at Springfield Park. He went on to have careers with Chester City, Tranmere Rovers and, notably Wrexham.

Scorer of the opening goal at Wembley (pictured right), Newell made 72 league appearances for Latics and scored 25 goals, before taking his talents to the likes of Leicester City, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, where he won the 1995 Premier League. After retiring in 2001 he took the post as manager at Hartlepool United, Luton Town and, more recently, Grimsby Town whom he departed company with in 2009.

Warren came off the bench with around 25 minutes remaining at Wembley for the club he began his career with. After joining Everton in 1986, he returned to Springfield Park for a brief loan spell before going on to play for the likes of Portsmouth, Carlisle United and the team he overcame in '85 Brentford. His most recent role was as scout for Micky Adams' Port Vale.

Jewell played the final five minutes at Wembley, a year after first breaking into the first team having come through the ranks at the club. He would go on to play for Bradford City in the future before becoming the man to take Latics into the Premier League in 2005, taking charge of the club for six years between 2001 and 2007. He would move on to take the helm at Derby County and Ipswich Town and can today be found as a media pundit for the likes of Sky Sports and BBC Radio Five Live.

It was a great end to Hamilton's first season in charge of Latics, the manager who had two spells at the helm, returning in 1989 for his second term. He would also take up the post as manager at Leicester City, Norwich City and for his native Northern Ireland. Now working as a football pundit, he fulfills media duties for the likes of Eurosport, Sky Sports and BBC Radio Five Live.

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