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29 March 2019

A goal scorer against Brentford FC in our biggest victory against the Bees, Ian Kilford is the latest former Latics star in the Rewind chair.

  • Latics Listen 31 - Ian Kilford.
  • Former midfielder proud to have 'been through the whole repertoire' with Latics, from the foot of the EFL at Springfield Park to the opening of our current home.
  • Kilford played over 250 times for Latics and scored 33 goals in all competitions.

Wigan Athletic v Brentford

It's Latics Rewind time! This week we've got a treat from the 90s, as former midfielder Ian Kilford sits down to discuss the quality players he played alongside, Latics' transition and rise from the foot of English football and Springfield Park to more modern times at our current home.

Catch Ian on the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen, or read an excerpt from his chat below.

Starting with his memories of matches and goals against Latics' opponents this weekend, Brentford FC, Kilford said:

“I can remember the game, I scored a couple of goals against Brentford in my time so it’s always nice to look back at the games I’ve scored in.

"The likes of Roberto Martinez, David Lowe and Graham Jones were all in the team at that time, that was a good part of my time at Wigan, we had lots of good players who have gone on to do good things.

“I still keep in touch with most of the lads, especially Roberto and Graham and I see David Lowe now and again, but it’s always nice to catch up with everyone and we had some decent players in the squad.

“I had nine seasons at the club, and I did go through the whole repertoire, I was there when they were in the lower divisions and the crowds were around 3,000, getting a few promotions and moving to the current stadium on top of that was a massive change.

“It’s a great club to follow, you never know what you’re going to get but for them to win the FA Cup in recent years is unbelievable compared to when Dave Whelan took over.”

Speaking on the move to the new stadium in 1999, how much of a game-changer was that for you?

“I can remember when they opened the stadium and Sir Alex Ferguson brought his Manchester United team, so I was lucky enough to play in that.

“We went on to do really well that season, it was such a big change from playing at Springfield Park, but things have got bigger and better since.

“It was an iconic time in the club’s history, and it helped the club attract the bigger managers and players, but I was lucky enough to play with some great players back in my time.

“I still look out for results every week and I’m lucky enough to go back sometimes.”

Looking back at featuring 250 times for the club must full you with a lot of pride?

“Before I joined, I was at Nottingham Forest and signed my first professional contract there under Brian Clough, but unfortunately he left the club and a new manager came in with new ideas.

“It was two or three divisions lower so it was a big decision at the time to join Wigan, but I was lucky enough to be there at that time with some great managers and great players and I’ll always look back on it with pride that’s for sure.”

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