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15 March 2019

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One of Latics' most consistent derby day goal scorers, Bryan Griffiths, takes a place in the Latics Rewind hot seat.

  • Latics Listen 30 - Bryan Griffiths.
  • Former Latics forward looks ahead to Saturday's derby against Bolton Wanderers.
  • "The games were very tough, but enjoyable all the same."

Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

It'll be 29 years to the day on Saturday since Bryan Griffiths scored in a 2-0 victory against local rivals Bolton Wanderers at Springfield Park, a common occurence throughout the forward's five-year Latics career.

Griffiths, who turned 54 in January, is cemented in the club's history books as the second highest goal scorer at Springfield Park since Latics' election to the league, with the former St Helens Town man also Latics top goal scorer from penalties since 1978.

A left winger for Latics with 189 league appearances to his name, Griffiths wasn't shy in his emotions when it came to derby days during his playing career, and speaking on the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen, he recalled those times.

You can hear from Bryan or read an excerpt from his interview below.

“It was a big local derby for us as players, they were very tough games but certainly enjoyable to be playing in.

“Some very tasty tackles went flying in and there were some really good games against Bolton Wanderers, I scored in a good few of them.

“I keep getting reminded by other people, not by myself but I scored a number of goals, so it was great for me.

“I was the penalty taker as no one wanted to take them, but I scored a couple against Bolton which was always nice.”

On his time at Latics, the players he played with and Latics in the here and now, Griffiths continued:

“Wigan Athletic was my first professional football club after signing in 1988 and I spent five years with Latics, and it was very enjoyable.

“We didn’t get beat very many times at Springfield Park, it was a bit of a fortress for us.

“It was a very well respected and good club, everyone looked after one another.

“The supporters were great too, I remember seeing some familiar faces and they were all just very nice people.

“The club's had some great times since, in the Premier League, the Championship and League One, as well as winning the FA Cup, which was a fantastic achievement and one the football club will never forget.”

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