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Latics' quickest-ever goal

17 October 2013

Robins lays claim to record

Ian Robins has laid claim to be the holder of Latics' quickest-ever goal.

The former player (pictured) believes he found the net after only SIX seconds in a 6-0 win against Barnsley at Boundary Park in February 1972.

Danny Philliskirk's goal scored after only 15 seconds in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Preston North End earlier this month sparked a fierce debate as to whether it was the club's quickest-ever goal.

It later transpired Wayne Andrews found the net after only 11 seconds against Wigan Athletic in 2003 and in the same year Paul Murray scored after 13 seconds against Wycombe Wanderers.

Latics were alerted by fan John Gilder that Robins had scored an even quicker goal, possibly after eight seconds.

The official website tracked down Robins who says he believes the goal was timed at six seconds.

The 61-year-old explained: "The goal came straight from the kick off.

"The ball was passed to Alan McNeill who shouted for me to get forward and I lobbed the keeper from just inside the box."

Robins also revealed he was taken out by the Barnsley keeper who tried to prevent him scoring.

He continued: "I clearly remember physio Jim McGregor coming on to treat me and asking the referee about how quickly the goal had been scored.

"The referee replied six seconds and that has always stuck in my mind."

Robins made 239 appearances for Latics between 1969/77 with the attacking midfield player scoring 46 goals.

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