Former Wigan Athletic manager Alan Brown who amongst other honours won the Cheshire League, died this week at the age of 84.

Allan Brown will always have a place in the history of Latics and in the memory of some of our older fans for what he did to take the Club forward.

He was appointed player manager in 1964 and made a huge impact at the club, rebuilding a side based on superb fitness and well drilled tactics, who won the Cheshire League.

Alas for Latics, his success came at a price for the club, and he soon moved on to manage in the Football League, enjoying spells at Luton Town, Torquay United, Bury, Nottingham Forest, Southport and Blackpool.

The great man brought legends including the likes of Bert Llewellyn, Les Campbell, Ralph Gubbins and John Ryan, players all brought in during his spell at the club and who went on to become big favourites at Springfield Park.

As a player, the Scottish international inside forward had made his name at East Fife, before coming South and enjoying six seasons at Blackpool, then one of the giants of the game. He missed out on the famous ‘Mathews FA Cup Final’ in 1953 after breaking his leg.

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