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US AND THEM: SOUTHAMPTON

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12:35 1st February 2013

by Nick Taylor

The series continues as we focus on just some of former players who’ve plied their trade on the south coast.

There may have been only two meetings between Wigan Athletic and Southampton but the links between the two clubs extends much further.

We’ve enjoyed the exploits of forwards like Henri Camara, Brett Ormerod and David Connolly; goalkeepers like Dave Beasant and Nigel Adkins and even former Latics trainee Paul Mitchell who is now a member of the backroom staff at St. Mary’s.

Here are just a number of players to have been involved with both teams.

FIRE POWER

Brett Ormerod v Cardiff 4x3Lancashire-born Brett Ormerod was the first of three forwards to wear the stripes of both teams when he moved to the newly built St. Mary’s Stadium in December 2001 from Blackpool.

Over a spell of 115 games the now 36-year-old scored 19 times, with some goals more historic than others as he became the first player to score a hat trick at St. Mary’s when he put three past Tranmere Rovers in a 6-1 League Cup win and he also scored one of two goals that sent the Saints to the 2003 FA Cup final.

Ormerod’s stay with Southampton came to an end in the 2004/05 season when he first joined Leeds United on loan at the start of the season, before making a month long loan switch to Latics in March 2005.

The former Blackburn Rovers youth player left a lasting impression on Latics promotion to the Premier League as his brace against Leicester City provided the team with three crucial points.

Latics 3 Villa 2 18-04-2006 Camara celebrationHenri Camara and David Connolly have also represented both teams with the pair signing for Latics in the summer of 2005.

The Senegalese international still holds the record at Latics for most goals in a Premier League season with his 12 strikes in the 2005/06 campaign, and he went on to score 24 times in all competitions during his stay at the club.

Prior to that Camara had scored six times in 16 games for the Saints from January to May 2005, scoring in his first three consecutive games and even in the South Coast Derby against Portsmouth.

His final goal for the club came in style when he popped up in the 88th minute to give Southampton a 4-3 victory against Norwich City.

Connolly did it the other way around, playing for Latics first before joining Southampton in 2009.

The Republic of Ireland international scored just three times in 23 appearances at the then JJB Stadium, with one goal proving crucial as he sent Latics through in the Carling Cup with an 88th minute penalty in a 1-0 win against Newcastle United on the team’s way to the final.

He enjoyed much more goal scoring success as St. Mary’s netting 14 times, including on his first team debut in a 3-1 win against Oldham to start of a run of six goals in his first nine games.

Connolly left Southampton at the end of last season having played 67 times for the Saints, but he stayed on the south coast and this January he completed a month long deal with fierce rivals Portsmouth playing four times.

THE STOPPERS

Martinez and Adkins v Southampton 4x3Nigel Adkins and Dave Beasant come at the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of appearances for Latics.

The former Southampton manager played over 150 times at Springfield Park whereas Beasant made just one appearance during his days at the JJB Stadium when he became the oldest player to represent the club aged 43 in an LDV Vans Trophy defeat to Doncaster.

Although he never played for Southampton Adkins of course later became boss at St. Mary’s after successful spells with Bangor City and Scunthorpe United, leading the Saints to consecutive promotions from League One up to the Premier League.

Beasant on the other hand was a Southampton player from 1993 to 1997 where he made 88 appearances, winning the club’s Player of the Year award in the 1995/96 season.

Another goalkeeper to play for both teams was Eric Nixon, who spent time on loan at both Saints and Latics, just two of the ten teams he had temporary spells with. After his time with Latics in 1998 he did however, join the club permanently for a brief spell.

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Full backs Allen Tankard and Jeff Kenna, midfielder Tommy Widdrington all started their careers with Southampton but would both move from the Saints to Wigan Athletic.

Alan McLoughlin also has strong links with the south coast having played for both Southampton and Portsmouth before joining Latics in 1999.

Fitz Hall, Chris Makin and  also played for both clubs, with the latter ending his professional career with Southampton.

Paul Mitchell is our current link as he serves as Southampton’s Scouting and Recruitment Manager. The 31-year-old played 81 times for Latics.

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