Sheffield Wednesday will always retain a special place in Peter Atherton’s heart.
He spent six years of his career at Hillsborough after a £800,000 switch, making over 200 league appearances and was a mainstay of the Owls side in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Now Atherton is an academy coach at Wigan Athletic, who take on Stuart Gray’s side at 3pm today.
“I really enjoyed my time at Wednesday,” said the 44-year-old, who could play at right-back, centre-back or central midfield.
“Going from my hometown club here to Coventry City and then to Wednesday was a big step for me.
“Hillsborough is a massive stadium and they were flying high in the Premier League at the time with plenty of international players.
“It really was a fantastic experience.
“I’ve got very fond memories and the club certainly has a special place in my heart – along with Wigan of course.”
Atherton, capped at England Under-21 level, left Wednesday following their relegation from the Premier League in 2000 and joined Bradford.
“Playing alongside the likes of Chris Waddle, Chris Woods and John Sheridan was a great way to develop my game; they were top players,” he added.