Whelan goes back to Wembley to make up for his 53 years of hurt

By Joe Bernstein


Wigan chairman Dave Whelan was left beaming as he looked forward to completing 'unfinished business' at Wembley - having waited 53 years.

Whelan broke his leg playing for Blackburn Rovers in the 1960 FA Cup final against Wolves and is now going back as the owner of his local football club, who have reached the Cup semi-final for the first time in their history by beating Everton 3-0.

'It's fantastic. The thought of going to Wembley for a semi-final fills me with a lot of pride,' said the club's 76-year-old benefactor.

Dave Whelan in hospital after he broke his leg in the 1960 FA Cup Final
Beaming: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan

Still smiling: Dave Whelan after he broke his leg in the 1960 FA Cup Final (left) and beaming after seeing Wigan win 3-0 at Everton on Saturday (right)


'When I played at Wembley in the 1960 final, I broke my leg after 42 minutes. I just felt I have unfinished business down there. 'I had a dream this week that we would beat Everton and meet Blackburn in the semifinal at Wembley. That would fulfil my dreams.

'If we can win the cup, that is something Wigan cannot even contemplate.'

Whelan took the gamble of appointing Martinez - a former lower league player for the club - and sticking by him during various relegation battles.

They face another this season, but Whelan says he has one of the best managers in the business.

'Roberto is in the same league as David Moyes. They are two totally brilliant managers,' said Whelan.

'There is talk both will leave their clubs. I do think they will move on at some point to top European clubs. If we can get to the final and stay in the Premier League, Robert is definitely on for a pay rise! 'If we can win the cup it will be even better than Wigan rugby league bringing back all those Challenge Cups.'



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Delighted for Dave Enjoy

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if anyone deserves it it's DW. Good luck and so happy for you.

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Fair play to Dave Whelan he has done a lot for both wigan clubs and visited wembley plenty times with the rugby team and now gets a big day with the latics I hope they get a good pick in the draw today and reach the final Come on wigan

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Wigan must be everyones second club.Fantastic little club well run and a super Manager who brings a smile to the game. When and only When Arsene wants to leave Asenal his replacment might be from Wigan.Why? Because he fits in every way.Liverpool didnt select him because they wanted a yes man- which is what they got in Rodgers.

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