Whelan - I’m so proud

Dave Whelan

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DAVE Whelan says that watching Wigan Athletic step out for their first European game will be one of his proudest moments as chairman.

The 76-year-old has enjoyed so many wonderful achievements since taking over in 1995 with three promotions and, of course, the FA Cup win this year.

Even he admits the idea of one day playing in a European competition was out of the ordinary.

However, this Thursday another of those distant dreams will become reality when Owen Coyle’s men kick off their Europa League campaign against Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem in Bruges.

Whelan told the Observer: “We got relegated purely because of the dreadful amount of injuries we had but we have won the FA Cup and now we are representing our country in Europe which for Wigan is a fantastic achievement.

“To go and win the FA Cup is something once in a lifetime and I can’t see that ever being repeated but to go and represent our country in Europe is a very big honour and our town deserves it.”

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