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Barbados on FA Cup itinerary

June 18, 2013
By ESPN staff

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan will honour his vow to take the FA Cup trophy to the Caribbean as the club continues to bask in its shock victory over Manchester City.

Emmerson Boyce and Gary Caldwell lift the FA Cup after their stunning triumph
GettyImagesEmmerson Boyce and Gary Caldwell lift the FA Cup after their stunning triumph

Whelan, who owns a villa on the island of Barbados, is due to leave in his summer holidays once he unveils former Bolton manager Owen Coyle as the replacement to Roberto Martinez.

But before he jets off, the 76-year-old has renewed his promise to parade the historic trophy for all of Barbados.

"Since we won the FA Cup, everybody on this planet knows Wigan," he said.

"I took it to round six schools in Jersey recently. I had never seen so much excitement from those youngsters.

"I was amazed at the look on their faces when they could get near the FA Cup. It shocked me how much love and affection there is for the trophy.

"I have promised Barbados I will take it there. I will do that in November and let every youngster on the island look at it.

"We are so proud at what we have done."

And despite the Wigan suffering the ignominy of being relegated from the Premier League in the same season, Whelan admitted he still finds solace from winning one of England's greatest prizes.

"The number one priority was to stay in the Premier League," he said.

"We must all accept it is the best league in the world.

"But whilst I was so sad at going down, I was so excited at going down to Wembley.

"I was still drinking at 5am on the Sunday morning. I wasn't feeling all that good at the time.

"But just to look at that trophy is fantastic."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.