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20 November 2016

Bronze statue of Dave Whelan to be unveiled on his 80th birthday, November 24

  • Dave Whelan statue to be publicly unveiled at free DW Stadium ceremony.
  • Dave Whelan statue unveiled on November 24.
  • Supporters invited to attend unveiling of Dave Whelan statue.
A magnificent bronze statue of Dave Whelan outside the DW Stadium is to be unveiled to the public on November 24, the day of his 80th Birthday – and Latics fans are being invited to attend. 

The one and a half times life size statue will depict Mr Whelan on one of the proudest days of his life, as he paraded the FA Cup on the Wembley turf following our victory in the FA Cup Final on May 11 2013.

The statue itself will be seven feet four inches tall, and stand upon a three foot sandstone plinth.

Mr Whelan will be present, along with special guests.

Latics Chairman David Sharpe, who along with the Whelan family was behind the idea to commission the work, said: “No one has seen the finished sculpture yet so we’re all really excited to see it in place outside the stadium.

“We feel it will be a great tribute to him and the legacy which he has created for the town of Wigan and it would be fantastic to see as many supporters as possible down on the day to share what’s going to be a really special moment.”

The statue has been produced by renowned sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn and will sit directly outside the main reception of the DW Stadium, where work has already begun to lay the foundations. 

The grand unveiling is a free event open to the general public. Supporters are urged to arrive by 1.30pm, with speeches and a live brass band before the actual unveiling by Mr Whelan himself takes place around 2.00pm.

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