Kevin Langley

Kevin James Langley (born 24 May 1964) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He made 427 appearances in the Football League,[3] including a club record 317 for Wigan Athletic.[4]

Kevin Langley
Personal information
Full name Kevin James Langley[1]
Date of birth (1964-05-24)24 May 1964
Place of birth St Helens, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1986 Wigan Athletic 160 (6)
1986–1987 Everton 16 (2)
1987–1988 Manchester City 9 (0)
1988Chester City (loan) 9 (0)
1988–1990 Birmingham City 76 (2)
1990–1994 Wigan Athletic 157 (6)
1994–1995 Halifax Town
1995–1997 Bangor City
1997–1998 Flint Town United
1998 Witton Albion
Congleton Town
Kidsgrove Athletic
Teams managed
1996–1997 Bangor City
2001 Winsford United (caretaker)
2001–2002 Congleton Town
2002 Kidsgrove Athletic
2002–2004 Congleton Town
Witton Albion
2011 Northwich Villa.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Life and careerEdit

Born in St Helens, Lancashire, Langley was working as a painter and decorator when he wrote to Wigan Athletic asking for a trial which resulted in him being offered an apprenticeship. He made his first-team debut aged 17 in September 1981, and over the next five years he played 160 league games for the club. He was part of the team that won the Associate Members' Cup in 1985.[5] Before the 1986–87 season, Howard Kendall's Everton paid £120,000 for his services. Although Langley played 16 league matches, contributing to the club winning the First Division championship,[6] he left the club in March 1987 for Manchester City. His stay at City was almost as brief, and included a spell on loan at Chester City before joining Birmingham City in March 1988. After two-and-a-half years at the club, by which time they were in their second season in the Third Division,[7] he returned to Wigan Athletic, where he went on to play another 157 league games, making a club record 317 in total.[4]

Released at the end of the 1993–94 season, he joined League of Wales side Bangor City, contributing to them winning the league championship and representing them in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup.[8] Appointed player-manager in November 1996, he left the club at the end of the 1996–97 season.[9]

He moved on to a variety of non-league clubs, as player, player-manager or manager,[10][11][12][13] and has been employed by Wigan Athletic as a coach at their Centre of Excellence.[12] In 2011, he was briefly manager of Northwich Villa.[14]



  • Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.


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  2. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed. (1990). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91 (21st ed.). Queen Anne Press. p. 84. ISBN 0-356-17911-7.
  3. ^ "Kevin Langley". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 9 April 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Records & honours". Wigan Athletic F.C. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  5. ^ Chialton, Paul (1 June 2013). "Freight Rover 85 Where are they now?". Wigan Athletic F.C. Archived from the original on 5 June 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  6. ^ "A Championship for the entire team in 1986–87". Toffeeweb. Archived from the original on 13 February 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  7. ^ Matthews, pp. 225–26.
  8. ^ "The nineteen nineties". The independent Bangor City Football Club historical website. Archived from the original on 4 July 2007.
    "UEFA Cup 1995". The independent Bangor City Football Club historical website. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Bangor City club history". Welsh Premier League. Archived from the original on 22 June 2006.
  10. ^ "Greek Premier Division outfit Aris Salonica will become Witton Albion's first international opponent". Warrington Guardian. 22 July 1998. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Peak time for United". Warrington Guardian. 21 November 2001. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  12. ^ a b Smith, Nick (25 August 2000). "Langley's quest". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Kevin states case for Clitheroe job". This Is Lancashire. 3 December 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Langley back with Villa". Pitchero Non-League. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
    "Ex-Wigan and Everton star leaves Villa". Pitchero Non-League. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2021.