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Last Updated: Friday, 12 November, 2004, 18:00 GMT
Wigan's cult heroes

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Roberto Martinez has been voted Wigan Athletic's all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers.

Martinez won with 61% of the vote, ahead of fellow Wigan favourites Stuart Barlow and Graeme Jones.

ROBERTO MARTINEZ: 61%

'Bob' and his other two amigos (Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz) brought a certain amount of class and respectability to Wigan Athletic. At a time when Springfield Park was really starting to crumble and attendances were pitifully low, Dave Whelan went to Spain and, shirking tradition, ignored the straw donkeys and hats and instead came back with three talented Spaniards. Martinez was a star. At times you wondered what he was thinking, but then you realised that he was three moves ahead of the rest of the squad, and that he had amazing vision. No-one else could control a ball like Bob. Spanish flags, and sombreros appeared on the terraces, and 'Ole!' became a regular chant. Now if you've ever been to Wigan, you'll know that that's quite a feat! Happy days...
Matt Harrison

Really the leader of The Three Amigos, stayed at the club the longest and was a real ambassador for the club and gave everything. Helped me write a article for A-level Media Studies in his own time, would always stop and chat. On top of that, especially during the championship season of '97, commanded the midfield and was full of deft touches and magic that Wiganers at the time only dreamt about. Like Izzy Diaz, his fellow Spaniard, he was a quality, quality player and genuinely a really nice bloke who always had time for the fans.
Stefan Chilvers

"Bob" arrived at Springfield Park in a blaze of publicity in the summer of '95, and along with compatriots Jesus Seba and Isidro Diaz he helped to bring some much-needed publicity to the club. The three were immediately dubbed The Three Amigos, and while Seba didn't survive much more than a season and Diaz often flattered to deceive, Martinez was a real ambassador for the club and a credit to his countrymen and his profession. A clean-living, tea-total model professional, he twice made the PFA Third Division team of the year, and has a place in English football history as the first Spaniard ever to score in the FA Cup (captured by the MOTD cameras - Runcorn v. WAFC, FA Cup 1st round 95/96). A sad day when he was shown the door by Steve Bruce in May 2001 (Bruce himself left the club just days later, and an appeal by fans to get the new manager to offer him a new contract fell on deaf ears). Now in the second year of a spell at Swansea City, Bob will always be remembered with affection by Latics fans.
Damian Fleming

First Spaniard to play in the FA Cup, and came as part of a trio of Spaniards to Wigan.
Kris Lorton

STUART BARLOW: 23%

Always dangerous, very fit and fast. Always in right place at right time.
Tony Wilson

GRAEME JONES: 16%

A goal every other match, and practically won the Div 3 title by himself.
Dennis Whitter





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