Dave Whelan

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David Whelan (born 24 November 1936) is an English former footballer.wikipedia
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Blackburn Rovers F.C.

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During his football career, he played for Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra. Whelan was a member of Blackburn Rovers' 1960 FA Cup Final team, which lost 3–0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Rovers lost this game 3–0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers after playing most of the game with only 10 men on the field following an injury to Dave Whelan, who broke a leg.

David Sharpe (football club chairman)

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Whelan is the former owner of Football League Championship club Wigan Athletic, having also been the chairman of the club for twenty years, before passing the position over to his grandson, David Sharpe, who eventually passed the ownership over to International Entertainment Corporation.
Sharpe's grandfather Dave Whelan took control of Wigan Athletic in February 1995, when the club was in the Football League Third Division, then the fourth tier of English football.

Wigan Warriors

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He is also owner of the DW Stadium, home to Football League Championship Football club Wigan Athletic and Rugby League club Wigan Warriors. On 24 October 2007, it was announced that Ian Lenagan, former owner of Harlequins RL, had completed his takeover of Wigan Warriors, buying out Whelan's 89% stake in the club with the deal taking effect from 1 December 2007.
After a buy-out by Dave Whelan, both the Warriors and the town's football team, Wigan Athletic, moved to the JJB Stadium.

DW Stadium

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He is also owner of the DW Stadium, home to Football League Championship Football club Wigan Athletic and Rugby League club Wigan Warriors.
Dave Whelan and Maurice Lindsay decided to invest heavily in the club, with the aim of having the club play in rugby union's Guinness Premiership at the stadium.

JJB Sports

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He renamed the company JJB Sports (even though JJB are the initials of previous owner John Jarvis Broughton) and soon focused purely on sports goods.
It was expanded and incorporated in 1971, when ex footballer and supermarket chain operator Dave Whelan acquired a single sports shop in Wigan, and immediately opened a second sports goods outlet in his supermarket in Sutton, St Helens.

Wigan

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Whelan was born in Bradford, and raised in Wigan.
JJB Sports, a former nationwide sports clothing retailer, was founded in Wigan as a sports shop by John Jarvis Broughton (later JJ Bradburn) and was bought and expanded by businessman Dave Whelan.

1960 FA Cup Final

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Whelan was a member of Blackburn Rovers' 1960 FA Cup Final team, which lost 3–0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Then, two minutes later Blackburn's woes heightened as full-back Dave Whelan fractured his leg in a challenge with Norman Deeley.

2013 FA Cup Final

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On 11 May 2013, in a dramatic ending to the FA Cup Final against Manchester City, Ben Watson scored a header in the 91st minute to win the game 1–0.
Wigan owner Dave Whelan led out the Wigan team before kick off along with manager Roberto Martínez.

West Ham United F.C.

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In 2007, he called for the relegation of West Ham United as punishment for their incorrect registration of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.
Following on from this event, Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan, supported by other sides facing possible relegation, including Fulham and Sheffield United, threatened legal action.

Wigan Athletic F.C.

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Whelan is the former owner of Football League Championship club Wigan Athletic, having also been the chairman of the club for twenty years, before passing the position over to his grandson, David Sharpe, who eventually passed the ownership over to International Entertainment Corporation. He is also owner of the DW Stadium, home to Football League Championship Football club Wigan Athletic and Rugby League club Wigan Warriors. In November 2014, Whelan was accused of making antisemitic statements, following an interview he gave The Guardian, defending his decision to hire Malky Mackay as manager of Wigan.
In February 1995, local millionaire and owner of JJB Sports, Dave Whelan purchased the club.

Maurice Lindsay (rugby league)

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After the announcement of Maurice Lindsay's intention to retire immediately from the club after the Warriors' loss at the hands of Catalans Dragons on 29 July 2007, Whelan managed to persuade him to stay on until the end of the season.
Lindsay re-joined the club when they moved from Central Park to lodge at the home of Wigan Athletic, the JJB Stadium, after Dave Whelan saved them from liquidation.

Ian Lenagan

On 24 October 2007, it was announced that Ian Lenagan, former owner of Harlequins RL, had completed his takeover of Wigan Warriors, buying out Whelan's 89% stake in the club with the deal taking effect from 1 December 2007.
Lenagan bought the club from former JJB Sports magnate and Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan.

Vincent Tan

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Cardiff City owner, Vincent Tan, who is Malaysian Chinese, said of Whelan, "I think he has insulted the dignity of the Chinese".
After his sacking, it was alleged that Mackay had sent texts of an anti-Chinese nature, which was defended by Dave Whelan, owner of his subsequent employers Wigan Athletic.

Malky Mackay

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In November 2014, Whelan was accused of making antisemitic statements, following an interview he gave The Guardian, defending his decision to hire Malky Mackay as manager of Wigan.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said that the club had inserted a clause in its contract with Mackay stating that they could terminate the contract if he is found guilty by the FA.

Crewe Alexandra F.C.

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During his football career, he played for Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra. Following his leg break, Whelan was sold to Crewe Alexandra F.C. where he played for several years before retiring to concentrate fully on his chain of supermarkets, Whelan's Discount Stores, which were sold to Ken Morrison for over a million pounds.

EFL Championship

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Whelan is the former owner of Football League Championship club Wigan Athletic, having also been the chairman of the club for twenty years, before passing the position over to his grandson, David Sharpe, who eventually passed the ownership over to International Entertainment Corporation. He is also owner of the DW Stadium, home to Football League Championship Football club Wigan Athletic and Rugby League club Wigan Warriors.

Bradford

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Whelan was born in Bradford, and raised in Wigan.

Ancestor

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His forebears hailed from County Tipperary, Ireland.

County Tipperary

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His forebears hailed from County Tipperary, Ireland.

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

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Whelan was a member of Blackburn Rovers' 1960 FA Cup Final team, which lost 3–0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wembley Stadium

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Whelan's injury is one of many serious injuries suffered by players in the 1950–60 era and was known as the Wembley hoodoo.

Ken Morrison

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Following his leg break, Whelan was sold to Crewe Alexandra F.C. where he played for several years before retiring to concentrate fully on his chain of supermarkets, Whelan's Discount Stores, which were sold to Ken Morrison for over a million pounds.

Morrisons

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In 1978 Whelan sold the business to Morrisons for £1.5 million.

Which?

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Which? (the Consumers' Association) issued proceedings against JJB, suing for damages on behalf of consumers affected by the price fixing.

Price fixing

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Which? (the Consumers' Association) issued proceedings against JJB, suing for damages on behalf of consumers affected by the price fixing.