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25 April 2014

Players Who Represented Both Clubs

A number of players have represented both Blackpool and Wigan Athletic down the years, with some making bigger impacts than others.

The official website looks back at five key players who achieved big things with The Seasiders and The Latics. 


Following his release from Leeds United, Stephen Crainey signed for Blackpool on a free transfer in 2007, as the club prepared for their first season back in The Championship.

The left-back quickly cemented his place in the starting line-up that season, and helped The Seasiders to their highest league position in 27 years, finishing 19th in The Championship.

The Scotland International was instrumental in Blackpool’s 2010 promotion winning side to the Premier League, and in their solitary season in the top tier of English football.

He left Pool in 2013 to join fellow Championship side Wigan Athletic following their relegation from The Premier League and has played 29 times so far this campaign. 


Methven joined Wigan in September 1979 from Scottish side East Fife for a fee of £30,000.

He spent seven years with The Latics, making just short of 300 appearances for the club, before moving onto Blackpool for £20,000 in 1986.

The defender made his debut for The Seasiders on the opening day of the 1986-87 season in a goalless draw with Chesterfield at Bloomfield Road.

Methven became a standout player for Pool during his four years with the club and would be voted Player of the Season by the fans in two of his seasons at the club.


In 2009 Dicko signed for Wigan Athletic following a successful trial and would go on to make his first-team debut in League Cup against Crystal Palace.

Dicko was then sent out on loan to Blackpool for the remainder of the 2011-12 season, where he would go onto score four goals during 16 appearances.

That season Dicko featured in the Championship Play-Off loss to West Ham United after coming off the bench in the 1-0 defeat.

The striker spent time at Bloomfield Road last season, but after failing to break into the Wigan team, he joined League One Wolves in January.


Greenall made his professional debut for The Seasiders at the age of 16, becoming the club’s youngest ever league player at the time.

During his time with Blackpool he developed into a dependable centre half and at the age of 20 he was voted the Fourth Division’s Player of the Year by the PFA on the way to making 179 league appearances.

Greenall enjoyed late success in his career when he moved Wigan Athletic in 1995 and two years later he captained the side to the Division Three title.

In 1999 the defender came out of retirement and made his Wembley debut for Wigan, beating Millwall 1-0 in the Football League Trophy.


McManaman joined The Latics after being released from Everton’s youth academy at the age of 16. He became Wigan’s youngest ever player to play in the Premier League, making his first-team debut against Portsmouth in 2009.

During the 2011-12 season the winger was sent out on loan for three months to Blackpool in order to gain experience, after struggling to secure a spot in Wigan's first-team.

The midfielder returned to Wigan and began to feature in the first-team on a more regular basis in the second half of the 2010-11 season.

He was instrumental in Wigan’s famous FA cup winning side in 2013 and was named man-of-the-match in the 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Wembley stadium.

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