Born: Bradford, 1936 (Age 77) Playing career: During his career Dave Whelan managed to compete in all four divisions of the Football League. A fearless full-back, he made his debut for Blackburn Rovers in 1956 against West Ham at Ewood Park before two years of national service delayed his first-team career. His Rovers career ended in heartbreak at Wembley, where a legbreaking challenge from Wolves’ Norman Deeley forced him out of the 1960 FA Cup final. The programme notes quoted Sir Matt Busby describing Whelan as “the most improved player of the season”. After making 78 appearances for Rovers, Whelan was sold to Division Four side Cr ewe in 1962, and he went onto make 115 appearances. He retired in 1966, aged 30. Boardroom career: Whelan bought Wigan Athletic in February 1995, bringing in the ‘Thr ee Amigos’ – Roberto Martinez, Isidro Diaz and Jesus Seba – paying £30m for their new home, the JJB Stadium (now DW Stadium). They won the Division Three title in 1997 and, with Paul Jewell as manager, Division Two in 2003 and promotion to the Premier League in 2005. Whelan threatened to quit the club that year if the policing costs for home games weren’t reduced. He also called for West Ham to be r elegated following the Tevez and Mascherano transfer saga and in tur n, demanded Richard Scudamore and Dave Richards’ resignation from the Premier League. In 2013, under the management of Martinez, Wigan won the FA Cup, beating Manchester City in the final.