FA CUP GOES TOURING AROUND WORLD
WHEN the FA handed over their famous trophy to Wigan Athletic, little did they realise where it would end up.
Because unbeknown to them, Latics chairman Dave Whelan had inadvertently booked it on a magical mystery tour.
“I made a lot of promises before the final,” he grins. “Because, I have to say, I didn’t think we’d win it.
“The FA in Barbados rang me and said ‘If you win the FA Cup will you bring it over so the schoolchildren can have a look’. And I thought to myself ‘well, it’s very unlikely’… of course I will.
“So I’ve got to take it to Barbados in November and I think they’ve got about 20 schools lined up.
“I also promised I’d go to Jersey and take it round the schools there. I did that in the summer, the first time the FA Cup has ever been on the island.
“When you take it to a school, it’s a fantastic feeling. All those youngsters regard the FA Cup as something they can never see, never touch.To see the look on their faces is so exciting.”
And it isn’t just the kids who’ll be getting a glimpse, with the Cup set to join Whelan in business class.
“When I went to Jersey I was in my own plane,” he says. “Unfortunately, it won’t reach Barbados so I’ll be taking the Cup in the cabin with me.
“All the passengers will want to come and have a look. So what can you say? Of course they can.”