Vegas reward for winning the title

David Sharpe celebrates
David Sharpe celebrates

David Sharpe will reward his Wigan Athletic players with an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas as reward for winning the League One title.

The Latics squad of 2005 were famously taken to Barbados by then-chairman Dave Whelan as a ‘thank you’ for reaching the Premier League.

And Sharpe has revealed he will also be putting his hand into his pocket to recognise the class of 2016.

“They’re going to Vegas - and that’s on me,” admitted Sharpe. “And they deserve it.

“I won’t be going with them...apparently chairmen don’t do that sort of thing these days!

“But the players will have plenty of fun, I’m sure.”

Sharpe was speaking in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s 4-0 win at Blackpool that mathematically confirmed Wigan’s promotion - and all-but secured the title with a game to spare.

“I feel great - there’s no greater feeling than winning the league,” the 24-year-old acknowledged.

“We all knew last week that we’d won promotion, because it would have taken a miracle for us not to have got there.

“But now I believe we’ve won the league, and for the manager and his staff and the players and myself and my family it’s unbelievable.

“It’s a special day that will live long in the memory.

“Everybody looks at the FA Cup as being our biggest achievement, but this is also one hell of an achievement.”

There were joyous scenes at full-time, with the whole squad and backroom staff celebrating in front of the packed away end containing over 3,000 Wiganers.

Sharpe also made sure Whelan - his grandad and predecessor as chairman - came out to enjoy the special moment.

“At full-time I told him I wanted him to come on to the pitch with me,” Sharpe disclosed.

“Initially he was saying: ‘No, no, no, I’ll leave it to you, you’re the chairman’.

“But I told him: ‘No, you’re coming on the pitch with me, you’ve been a big part of this football club for over 20 years and I want you to be with me’.

“He came down and the fans chanted his name, as they did my name, and he appreciated it.

“He’s still a massive part of this football club, and he’s my grandfather...I want him to love every minute of it.”

However, as the champagne came out and the promotion party got under way, Sharpe confirmed his grandad would be going home rather than out on the town.

“I’m single so I need to be looking out,” Sharpe laughed. “And he might cramp my style a bit!”