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Wigan Borough 1928 -29
Photo: Keith
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Item #: 32610
Hi Tim, hope you don't mind but I wondered if I could "sharpen" your pic of Wigan Borough. I used the MyHeritage enhance facility (it's my new fangled "toy"). It has sharpened the images, It certainly is not 'perfect' but I think it does enhance their images. Hope you agree. I've tried to keep them in the same positions as in your original postcard photo.

Comment by: whups on 18th July 2020 at 00:07

can you name them .

Comment by: Phil on 18th July 2020 at 04:59

The coach is Billy Hibbert, a former England International.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 18th July 2020 at 08:49

Kept them in position too. Well-done,

Comment by: Keith on 18th July 2020 at 08:56

Whups, if it were the rugby team I'd have every chance.

Comment by: whups on 18th July 2020 at 09:55

keith the reason i asked is because my grandfather allegedly played for wigan borough back in the day at left back & was wondering if you knew anyone on the pic ? .

Comment by: Keith on 18th July 2020 at 13:36

Whups, sorry I can't help directly but from a newspaper report in that season, when Wigan Borough drew a "plum tie" with top of the table Sheffield Wednesday from Division 1 (Wigan were mid table in Div.3 North), it's reported that the Wigan team will be at full strength. I assume then that the following surnames are likely to belong to these players : The team was given as:
Preedy; Moran and Dennis; Humpish, Wilson and Potter; Hughes, Welsh, Lievesley, Cockle and Lindsay. Looks like in 1929 the left back was Dennis.
The report continued that the attendance at the cup tie was likely to break the Springfield Park record, it also mentioned that the Wigan defence was extremely good if goals against was any guide, they had the best of any team in any Division. They also had a reserve side.

Comment by: Josh on 18th July 2020 at 18:46

Just for the record the score was Wigan 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3, attendance 30,000, receipts £1,800 approx £114,000 in today's money. Bolton Wanderers won the cup that year.

Comment by: Keith on 18th July 2020 at 20:15

Whups, it might be worthwhile going to this link
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wigan_Borough_F.C._players
you should be able to check out your grandfather's link to Wigan Borough.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 18th July 2020 at 21:58

Tim/Keith, BFI has a silent 1minutes worth of the Sheffield Wednesday game. I might give it a whirl once I get my head around all the technical stuff.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 18th July 2020 at 22:15

Whups, Google 'The Wigan Borough Story' for photos, cig cards, etc.

Comment by: whups on 19th July 2020 at 00:06

will do guys.

Comment by: Tim on 19th July 2020 at 10:05

Nice one Keith! A proper job. The one I posted wasn't too sharp as I downloaded it from another site, and it was severely compressed.

Comment by: Keith on 19th July 2020 at 11:28

Very pleased you liked it Tim. Became quite interested in the Borough once I started researching, a decent outfit. Can't work out why they folded, suggests financial incompetence perhaps. Thanks for posting in the first place.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 21st July 2020 at 09:53

When I was appprentice in 1966 at Wigan Printing Co., a journeyman from Chorley rd. Boars Head. I think his name was Frank Woosey r.i.p.
had a mantra. It went. Preedy, Moran, Dennis, Humpish, Wilson, Robb, Welsby Wells, Smith, Cockle and Hughes.Hope it helps someone

Comment by: Keith on 26th July 2020 at 13:29

Billy Hibbert was an ex-England centre forward. Born in Golborne in 1884 he played for Bury, Newcastle United, Bradford City and Oldham Athletic. He then played in the USA and later Spain. He was a coach in the United States of America, Spain and at Wigan Borough. He died in Blackpool, England, on 16 March 1949, aged 64.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 28th July 2020 at 18:41

I didn't know the council ever had a football team of their own.

Comment by: James Hanson on 28th July 2020 at 22:46

George, any real Wiganer knows that the council has always been involved in the town's football and rugby teams, and they still are to this day. You stick to knowing about Hindley.

Comment by: Stewart Rimmer on 29th July 2020 at 15:53

My grandad is bottom left, Arthur Welsby. Sold to Sunderland some time after this picture.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 1st August 2020 at 23:23

Yes come to think of it, both Wigan football and rugby teams have the council's crest as their club badge, so it makes sense.

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