, Wigan to unveil bronze statue of club legend

Wigan to unveil bronze statue of club legend

Wigan Athletic Football Club have confirmed that a bronze statue of club owner Dave Whelan will be unveiled outside the DW Stadium on November 24th, his 80th birthday. The figure shall be of Whelan as he paraded on the Wembley pitch following Wigan’s FA Cup triumph over Manchester City in 2013.

Whelan himself, along with his family, will be in attendance to officially unveil the statue. He remains club owner and life president of the football club where he served as chairman for 20 years, before handing it over to grandson David Sharpe.

It was Sharpe, along with the Whelan family in general, who was behind the idea of producing a forever lasting monument to pay tribute to Whelan, who has served a large period of his life backing and continually supporting the football club. Sharpe says it’ll be a special moment for everyone connected with the club,

“No one has seen the finished sculpture yet so we’re all really excited to see it in place outside the stadium.
“We feel it will be a great tribute to him and the legacy which he has created for the town of Wigan and it would be fantastic to see as many supporters as possible down on the day to share what’s going to be a really special moment.”
The event is free of charge and all fans are invited to attend. It’ll begin at 2pm, but everyone is urged to be in place half an hour earlier as a live band will be playing, as well as various speeches from personnel involved.
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