Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
The FA Cup with Budweiser
5.15pm, Saturday 11 May 2013
Live on ITV & ESPN
Winning club receives £1.8m and runner-up £900,000
Buy the official match programme online here
Dave Whelan will lead Wigan Athletic out at Wembley on Saturday as the club face their first ever FA Cup Final.
The Latics Chairman has overseen the club’s rise from the old Fourth Division into the Premier League since taking over in 1995.
And it will be one of his proudest moments on Saturday when he’s back at the venue where he was a losing Finalist in The FA Cup of 1960 as a Blackburn Rovers player.
Whelan famously broke his leg in the first half of that Final, which was eventually won by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Speaking to FATV ahead of the game, Whelan said: "If we win this match, then the whole town will erupt.
"The Wigan Athletic supporters have never been to a Cup Final and if we can bring that Cup back, that would be absolutely historic.
"The FA have given me permission to lead the team out and it gives me a great ending to my football career.”
Whelan knows that Latics boss Roberto Martinez and his squad have a tough challenge on their hands to overturn 2011 FA Cup winners Manchester City.
But he believes that a Wigan victory on Saturday is more than possible under his highly-rated manager whose name is regularly linked with big jobs when they arise.
He added: “On our day we can beat anybody.
"I know we will lose him (Roberto) in the end, to one of the big European clubs.
"But I would never stand in Roberto's way. He's so honest with me and the club. The people of Wigan love and worship Roberto.”
Watch the full interview with Whelan and former Wigan captain Matt Jackson in the Media Gallery above.