The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.”

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