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11 September 2018

Latics' record EFL goal scorer Andy Liddell chats; Will Grigg, Paul Jewell, Mick McCarthy and moving to Portugal in episode six of Latics Listen.

  • Andy Liddell: Catch up with our goal scoring legend on Latics Listen.
  • Latics' leading EFL goal scorer expects Will Grigg to catch and break his record in the not too distant future.
  • Liddell shares his tales of six years at Wigan Athletic and updates us on his current situation following life at Ipswich Town.

In our latest Latics Rewind on our brand new official club podcast, Guy Clarke caught up with a goal scoring legend... 'sir' Andy Liddell!

Listen below from 21:50 to hear Lidds' thoughts on his EFL goal scoring record, the man who could catch him, Will Grigg, his assessment of Paul Cook's side's start to life back in the Sky Bet Championship... oh and it comes all the way from Portugal where he's starting his next chapter!

Here's a little excerpt below, but we can assure you it's well worth a listen to catch Andy's thoughts on his time at the club.

In more than 200 league appearances for Latics, Andy Liddell netted 70 goals, making him our all-time leading goal scorer in the EFL, topping David Lowe's previous tally of 66.

Now, as Liddell remarked, is the time for 52-goal Will Grigg to catch his record, fresh off the back of his first competitive goal during international duty for Northern Ireland.

The 27-year-old is set to make his 300th career league appearance on Saturday at former club Brentford, and Liddell says Will is more than ready to catch him up in our all-time goal scorers list.

"I played the best football of my career for Wigan Athletic, I fit the club and the club fit me at the time.

"It's nice to have scored all of the goals I did, but I'm sure Mr Grigg will be taking over at some point.

"He's having a really good start to the season and Paul Cook's got the team flying, so I'm sure Will Grigg will catch my record soon. It's been nice to hold it for so long."

On our start to this season, Liddell continued:

"The current team don't look afraid of anyone. They have that ethos and approach from Paul Cook. I played with Paul when he came back on loan, he was a really good player and I came across him again when I was at Ipswich Town and he was manager at Portsmouth. His teams always play really good football, they score lots of goals and provide great entertainment.

"He's got a very good set of players and he added to it in the summer. It was just as important to keep players from last season because it was well documented the interest in his players.

"Paul did a fantastic job at Portsmouth and he's doing it again now at Wigan. I had no doubts that he'd do a good job here. The team blew League One away last year and really they shouldn't have been relegated from the Championship in the first place."

Liddell, who left Ipswich at the end of last season alongside manager Mick McCarthy, is currently adapting to life overseas following a relocation to Portugal. On both matters, he said:

"I live in Portugal now. We've moved over for a fresh start. It's a new beginning, so I'm settling in at the moment to see what this life brings me.

"I finished as Ipswich when Mick McCarthy did because it wouldn't have been the same for me there. Mick is exactly like Paul Jewell, if they asked me to run through a brick wall then I'd set off and start running through it because they're ball brilliant blokes. Forget about football and management, they're just both great blokes.

"I'm over here now with my five-year-old son and my wife because it felt like the right time. My son is young enough to learn the language and we're both trying as well.

"Portuguese with a Yorkshire mix is quite hard, but I'll give it go. The weather's about 35 degrees at the minute... it's a tough job but someone has to do it."
Andy Liddell still tops our all-time EFL goal scoring chart for now, but can you name the other 24 players on the current list? Take our quiz below.

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