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Club Connections: Walsall v Wigan

21 March 2018

As the Saddlers prepare to take on league high-flyers and FA Cup quarter-finalists Wigan Athletic tonight, Joshua Bunting profiles three players who have played for both sides…

 

Brian Taylor

Taylor played more games for Walsall than anybody else in his career, with 216 in the league. He played as a winger and was signed from rivals Coventry City, a club he never recorded a first-team appearance for. Taylor scored 25 goals for the Saddlers during his spell from 1971-1978. He joined Wigan on loan from Lancashire rivals Preston North End in 1982, making eight appearances for the Latics.

 

Gabor Bukran

A Hungarian midfielder who played for Walsall between 1999 and 2001, playing 73 times and scoring four times for the Saddlers. Bukran became a fans' favourite and helped us win promotion back to the second tier via the play-offs in 2001. 

He joined Wigan that year but only played one league game for the club before leaving to join SV Salzburg in Austria. He was capped once by his country and also played in Belgium for Royal Charleroi and Spain for Xerez.

 

Will Grigg

Northern Ireland international striker made famous by his ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’ chant.

He played at the Banks’s Stadium between 2008 and 2013, making his league debut as a substitute against Cheltenham Town in December 2008. Grigg won the Walsall Player and Players' Player of the Season awards for the 2012/13 season, having finished as the club's top scorer with 20 goals.

He signed for Wigan in July 2015 and scored 25 league goals during the 2015/16 season, finishing as League One's top scorer as Wigan earned automatic promotion. Grigg scored the only goal in Wigan's 1-0 win against Premier League Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round last month. This brought his total FA Cup goals for the season to seven, including four goals against top-flight opposition, making him the leading scorer in the season's FA Cup.


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