Early commentary from Springfield Park

The first hospital Radio coverage of Wigan Athletic was during the non-league days when Rugby commentator, Harry Carey, reported on a few of Latics FA cup games.  However, regular coverage of games did not start until Wigan’s second season in the league in 1979.  The first commentary team were Harry Carey, Mike Carrington and Steve McIlwram.  Steve left to be replaced by Mark Simpson and when he left, he was replaced by Malcolm Magrath.  When Harry Carey stepped down, commentary continued with Mike and Malcolm up until the move from Springfield Park to the JJB (now DW) Stadium.


In 1999 the JJB Stadium opened and Malcolm retired from commentary leaving Mike to continue.  Kevin Riley from the rugby commentary team stepped in to cover for a couple of games but has remained with Mike until he retired in 2015.  Mike’s place was then filled by Phil Ashcroft who came with a wealth of experience of sport broadcasting.

The story of our coverage of Wigan Athletic

Mike Carrington at the DW Stadium