FA Cup: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan looking forward to Europe next season
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says the club being on the brink of European football is another step in their history.
Last Updated: 13/04/13 10:50pm
The Latics moved into the FA Cup final for the first time in their history with a 2-0 win over Millwall at Wembley on Saturday.
Whelan will now get the chance to lead his club out as Roberto Martinez has already confirmed that his chairman will get that honour.
The semi-final win was Whelan's first time back at Wembley since he broke his leg playing in the 1960 cup final for Blackburn Rovers.
Asked about the final, he said on Sky Sports: "It's going to be something really special for me.
"Looking on the pitch at the old Wembley I know exactly where I broke my leg, going in the changing rooms now though it is totally different than anything we ever saw at Wembley and that pitch today was fantastic, a lovely surface to play on."
Whelan is delighted that Wigan will be playing in Europe, they might not if they meet Chelsea in the final and they don't qualify via the league or indeed from winning the Europa League.
"The dream so far is okay," he said.
"[Europe] It is another step on history, Wigan coming from Lancashire combination we have got to Premier and yes we will be in Europe and it will be another part of history."