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 Photo-a-Day      (Wednesday, 1st February, 2017) Views: 2,309 
Statue
 Statue   by Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
Davie Whelan (born 24 November 1936) is an English former footballer. During his football career, he played for Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra. Whelan is the owner of Championship club Wigan Athletic, having also been the chairman of the club for twenty years, before passing the position over to his grandson, David Sharpe.

Comment by blue and proud on 1st February 2017 at 11:12
Great likeness and befitting for a man who has done so much for Wigan for both football and rugby teams..


Comment by Peter on 1st February 2017 at 11:15
Didn't he break his leg in a cup final


Comment by Rugby town on 1st February 2017 at 12:22
Does it mention about when he broke his leg


Comment by Lectriclegs on 1st February 2017 at 14:03
Over to his grandson who couldn't even run a chippy.


Comment by blue and proud on 1st February 2017 at 15:45
Rugby team who lodge here would have been plying their trsde at Horwich Wanderers , only to be helped by Dave Whelans generosity !


Comment by Sam h on 1st February 2017 at 17:35
The rugby team may only lodge there but if they ever left you would see agree loss in the annual profits from a very successful and world famous rugby club that generate large crowds,if I remember rightly the away team Newcastle United had more fans behind the goals than latics had all round the stadium or did it just sound that way,yet another game latics lost I think.


Comment by Gary Leece on 1st February 2017 at 18:24
He broke his leg in the 1960 FA Cup final playing for Blackburn Rovers against Wolves.
Wolves won 3-0 in what some described as the worst final since the war.
His opinion of the owner of the club nearest to me, Newcastle Utd, has always seemed to me to be highly accurate.
A good statue, more accurate than others I've seen lately.


Comment by Fred Mason on 1st February 2017 at 21:02
A proud Wiganer...No way.

But he has done good for our town, so best wishes to him.

Personal information
Full name David Whelan
Date of birth 24 November 1936 (age 80)
Place of birth Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Playing position Full back


Comment by Ticsmon on 1st February 2017 at 21:46
blue and proud, the rugby may have stated that they wanted to go to Bolton, but I don't recall Bolton's reply. Sam h, do we need your ahem 'large crowds'? Latics recently reported a profit and have since made £1.2m from one match and £7.5m on the sale on one player.


Comment by Ticsmon on 1st February 2017 at 21:53
Fred, only you have referred to him as a Wiganer. Are there any statues of Wiganers in the town?


Comment by Sam h on 2nd February 2017 at 09:38
Tics on, if you carefully read the press statement the player didn't want to play for latics and they soon fired him of to was it Norwich.if it's correct that they made 1.2million from one match,tongue in cheek,it won't stop them being relagated,which they will be at the end of the season you can bank on that,before long no doubt whelan will sell the clubb because his loyalty at the end of the day belongs in his pockets


Comment by Blue boy on 2nd February 2017 at 16:16
Sam , it's pretty obvious you are a deluded egg chaser with no idea of football. I have watched both town teams over the past 50 years, give credit to Mr Whelan for his love of both clubs and rescuing the rugby club from moving out of town .


Comment by Sam h on 2nd February 2017 at 19:49
Blue boy no I'm not deluded I played both rugby and football to a decent standard in my youth at Everton and Notts county,i do not watch either football or rugby these days ,football is disgustingly overpaid and should have its name changed to cheat ball


Comment by Blue boy on 2nd February 2017 at 21:31
Agree football has changed and loyalty is a thing of the past and I respect your views but this town has split loyalties between supporters of both codes and the common denominator is The DW stadium.


Comment by Ticsmon on 2nd February 2017 at 21:53
I didn't know Everton and Notts County played rugby. You appear to have issues with Latics and football. It's only February yet you already know Latics will be relegated. Have you banked on it?


Comment by Sam h on 2nd February 2017 at 22:25
Tics on sorry you couldn't understand my statement yes I have banked on it before the season started its easy money.


Comment by Mr D W on 3rd February 2017 at 10:21
Sam if you have no interest in our beloved national game, why have you succumbed to betting on us being relegated before a ball was even kicked pre season! Sad life you lead !


Comment by Sam h on 3rd February 2017 at 14:58
Mr d.w think you lot are the ones leading the sad life ,anything i get good info on I will have a wager on such as cricket , golf ,racing and yes football also,and haven't done to bad over the years you bet on teams to go up and down before the seasons start,when the odds are better not half way through hope this answers your question


Comment by Jimmy Fish on 17th February 2017 at 00:29
I wish Wigan could be better known for much more than sport. Science and the arts.
Advanced physics... Anything, but sport. After all... sport is a minority pastime and (these days) only the rich get richer from it.


Comment by Sam h on 17th May 2017 at 15:17
Mr,de who's sad now the seasons over your team is Down my bet is won ,like I said easy money ,roll on next seasons wagers.


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