Martinez says ‘do it for Dave’

Dave Whelan
Dave Whelan

ROBERTO Martinez says his players will be fighting on two fronts to reach Wembley – for Latics and for Dave Whelan.

The chairman and the FA Cup go back a long way – all the way to 1960, when Whelan broke his leg in Blackburn’s final defeat to Wolves.

Whelan bounced back to become a success in business and in football, second time around.

His club are 90 minutes from a Wembley FA Cup semi-final.

Everton stand in their way today, and Martinez admits reaching Wembley for the chairman is a massive incentive for his players. “They are well aware of the chairman’s story, which is incredible from a footballing point of view,” he said.

“What happened in 1960 was a career-changing moment for the chairman, who then had to look into a new life in business.”