Wigan Athletic’s famous ‘Three Amigos’ will be back together for the first time in two decades for the big Joseph’s Goal charity match next month.
Roberto Martinez, Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz captured the imagination of the footballing world when they swapped Spain for Springfield in 1995, to help kickstart the Dave Whelan regime that eventually led to the Premier League and FA Cup success.
And they will be back on the same pitch when the Latics Legends take on Arjan de Zeeuw’s Dutch Masters in the annual showpiece at Ashton Town, on Friday, May 19 (kick-off 7.30pm).
Whelan famously landed the trio during a business trip to Spain, shortly after taking over as Latics chairman.
They became the first Spaniards to play in the FA Cup, with Martinez the first to score in the competition.
While Seba spent only one year with Latics, Diaz and Martinez were part of the side that won the old Division Three title in thrilling fashion in 1996-97.
Graeme Jones, who plundered 31 league goals that season – still a club record – is also confirmed to play for the Latics Legends, who will be skippered once again by FA Cup-winning captain Emmerson Boyce.
Also confirmed to don the blue and white of Latics again are Emile Heskey, Don Page, Stuart Barlow and Kevin Sharp – with many more names to be announced over the coming weeks.
Tickets for the big game are on sale through Wigan Athletic’s official website – www.wiganlatics.co.uk/tickets – by calling 0871 66 33 552, or from the DW Stadium.
Latics beat De Zeeuw’s Dutch Masters 2-0 last year, having thrashed a Hollyoaks XI 10-0 in the inaugural Joseph’s Goal fixture in 2015.