Chris Southworth - As I said above - "Orrell rugby club and the land it stood on are different entities".
The land on which Orrell Rugby Club played / trained / had parties etc., did not belong to Orrell Rugby Club.
The Edge Hall Road pitch and surrounds, although transferred from Orrell Rugby Club's use to Wigan Rugby Club's use, doesn't belong to Wigan Rugby Club.
Like the land on which Wigan Rugby Club's 'Central Park' stood on didn't belong to Wigan Rugby Club.
Like the land on which Wigan Athletic Football Club's 'Springfield Park' stood on didn't belong to Wigan Athletic Football Club.
Like the land on which Wigan Athletic and Wigan Rugby Club's stadium is now stood on doesn't belong to Wigan Athletic or Wigan Rugby Club.
The land on which Orrell Rugby Club (now Wigan Rugby Club) 'train' on was owned by Mr.Thomas Standish, of Marylebone, Wigan. On Mr.Standish's death, in 2004, the entire estate was bought by a syndicate. The names Whelan and Ainscough were amongst them.
The 'lease' on 'some' of the land was held by Ronnie Pimblett, of Wigan Lane, near the Cherry Gardens. He was chairman of Orrell Rugby Club, the one which Dave Whelan 'took over' to do Ronnie Pimblett a favour.
And that's why you shouldn't be too sure when you say "Whelan is not involved", because he most likely is.