Whether permanent or on loan, many players to have played for both the Potters and Latics have tasted success in some form. From promotion to Division One in consecutive seasons like Tony Dinning; over 300 appearances for both teams like John Butler, or a Football League Trophy winning goal like Peter Thorne, they’ve almost done it all.
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The most coveted Potter/Latic is the afore mentioned John Butler, who started his career Football League career with Latics in 1982, spending six years at the Club before moving to Stoke City for seven years and eventually returning to Lancashire in 1995.
During his first stint in blue and white, Butler helped win promotion to the third tier of English Football in the 1981/82 season, and was part of the successful Latics team that made it to the quarter finals of the FA Cup in the 1986/87. His success continued once he reached Victoria Park, where he won the Football League Trophy in 1992 and was part of a Stoke side that went 25 games unbeaten as they won the Second Division in the 1992/93 season.
After representing Stoke over 300 times, Butler moved back to Latics to see out his professional career in style as he helped the team to win the Third Division on goal difference ahead of Fulham. His final game for the Club came away at Brighton and Hove Albion.
In 2000 former Wigan Athletic loanee Peter Thorne and future Wigan Athletic midfielder Graham Kavanagh were both on the score sheet as Stoke City beat Bristol City in the Football League Trophy. Thorne netted the winner with one of his 65 career goals for the Potters, with Kavanagh opening the scoring. The pair would stick together at their next club too, as they both joined Cardiff City in 2001.
Kavanagh arrived at the JJB Stadium in March 2005 and offered his hand in the tail end of the season that of course saw Paul Jewell lead Latics into the Premier League. The Irish international would go on to play for the Club 55 times, including featuring in Latics’ first major cup final against Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium.
An incredible six players with ties to both clubs played for the Potters in the 1990/91 season, as Mick Kennedy, John Butler, Wayne Biggins, Tony Kelly, Darren Boughey and Paul Rennie were contracted at Victoria Park.
There is also a pair of current team mates at the Britannia Stadium, with one of Latics’ most astute signings Wilson Palacios and Carlo Nash both in the same team.
Latics have helped their rivals from Staffordshire on five occasions with short term deals, but this temporary exchange of players all started back in 1988 when Chris Hemming arrived at Springfield Park from the Potteries. Since then though, the role has been reversed and we have seen Josip Skoko, Jason Jarrett, Henri Camara, Carlo Nash and Tony Dinning all make their way to the Britannia Stadium.
The most successful of which was Dinning as he played in Stoke’s 2002 Division Two play-off final victory against Brentford. The following season the midfielder was promoted from Division Two again as he cemented himself in Latics’ first team as the romped away with the league title.
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Other players to have played for both sides include Kevin Sheldon, Colin Russell, Greg Strong and Sky Sport columnist Peter Beagrie.