GARY Caldwell has led the tributes to Latics legend Alex Cribley, who has left the club after an incredible 35-year association.
The 58-year-old captained Latics during his playing days, before serving as caretaker manager, coach, scout
and, since 1999, physiotherapist to both the first team and the academy
During his time with Latics, Cribley experienced four promotions and three relegations, won two league
titles, two associate members cups as well as the FA Cup triumph of 2013.
He was also involved in the 2006 League Cup final, and visited Wembley for a play-off final and two FA Cup semi-finals.
On behalf of everyone at the football club, we would like to thank Alex for his wonderful years of service and the place will certainly not be the same without himGary Caldwell
“On behalf of everyone at the football club, we would like to thank Alex for his wonderful years of service and the place will certainly not be the same without him,” said Caldwell.
“I have only known him for five years or so but in that time he has been one of the constants, a real football man who has put his heart and soul in to the club over 35 great years and we wish him all the best.”
Cribley played 271 league games for Latics and 328 in all competitions until an ankle injury sustained at Sunderland brought about a premature end to his playing days in 1987.
He worked under a total of 22 different permanent managers and took charge of the team himself following the departure of Kenny Swain in 1994.
He was granted the ‘Freedom of the DW Stadium’ by Dave Whelan in 2011 after passing 30 years service.