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Latics score with Fryatt

13 February 2013

Jim will be watching cup clash from Las Vegas

Latics have received a good-luck message for Saturday's FA Cup with Budweiser, fifth-round tie against Everton from legend Jim Fryatt.

The former striker, now aged 72, says he will be watching the cup clash live on television from Las Vegas which has been home since 1976.

Fryatt saw the victory against Liverpool saying it brought back happy memories.

He explained: "My eldest son Sean will also be watching from his home in Doylestown PA. He would go to games at Boundary Park with me.

"Sean would have been about 10 years of age at the time and he has talked to me about the happy memories he had watching me playing football during this time.

"We hadn't spoken about them for many years so it has been good to reminisce.

Fryatt has retired, his last job being at a golf club where he maintained machinery. 

His eldest son Ed was a professional golfer enjoying success on various tours, but now owns his own insurance agency State Farm and only plays the game socially.

Fryatt usually returns to England once each year to visit family.

Though Fryatt, bought from Blackburn Rovers for £8,000, only spent 21 months at Boundary Park, he became a legend scoring 42 goals in 81 appearances.

When Latics won promotion from the Fourth Division in 1970/71 also winning the Ford Sporting League, Fryatt scored 24 goals and Davis Shaw 23 as they are one of the club's best-ever strike partnerships.

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