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Ronnie Whelan Jnr
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D.O.B. :26/07/2006
D.O.D. :26/07/2006
Dubliner Ronnie Whelan won ever trophy there was worth collecting in the English and European club game with his beloved Liverpool, but surprisingly was restricted to just 53 international caps for Ireland in a career that stretched a total of 14 years between 1981and 1995.

With a total of nearly 500 first team appearances for Liverpool, Whelan won six League Championship winners' medals, two FA Cups, three League Cups and one European Cup as well as amassing 73 goals for the Anfield men. He made his first appearance in an Irish shirt at the age of 19 when introduced as a 63rd minute substitute for Gerry Daly in the 3-1 victory over Czechoslovakia at Lansdowne Road on April 29, 1981.

Again used as a substitute by manager Eoin Hand in the 2-2 World Cup qualifier against Holland in Rotterdam on September the same year, Whelan at last won his first place in the Ireland starting line-up in the memorable 3-2 victory over France in the World Cup qualifier against France before 53,000 at Lansdowne Road on October 14, 1981.

Whelan's midfield poise, even as a teenager, was remarkable in the extreme that afternoon. His control and authority belied his years as he pushed forward at every opportunity against a very strong French side.

Injuries and club calls often restricted his appearances for his country, but there was never any doubting Whelan's commitment to his country's jersey. When Jack Charlton took over as boss in March 1986, the Liverpool man was usually an integral part of the proceedings.

Perhaps one of his best starring appearances was in the 1-0 victory over Scotland in the European Championship qualifier at Hampden Park, Glasgow on February 18, 1987 when asked to play in the left-back role due to injuries to Chris Hughton and Jim Beglin. Whelan answered the call in style completely nullifying the threat of Everton's Pat Nevin.

Ireland made history by reaching those 1988 Euro' finals in Germany with those memorable ties against England, the Soviet Union and Holland. But it was the match against the Soviets that will stay longest in Whelan's memory. Seven minutes before the interval, a huge throw-in from Mick McCarthy on the left enabled Whelan to fire in a spectacular bicycle kick from just outside the penalty area giving 'keeper Dasayev no chance. Alas the Soviets, against the run of play, equalised through Protasov with just 16 minutes remaining.

The World Cup finals of 1990 in Italy and 1994 in USA were virtual non-events for Whelan because of recurring injury problems. That was a shame as there was still so much more the Liverpool man might have offered his country on the big occasion.




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Ronnie Whelan Jnr's playing record
Season Openin. Subst. Goals Yellows Reds
1981 1 2 0 0 0
1982 1 0 0 0 0
1983 2 0 0 0 0
1984 3 0 0 0 0
1985 2 4 0 0 0
1986 1 1 0 0 0
1987 7 0 1 0 0
1988 6 0 1 1 0
1989 7 0 1 1 0
1990 3 1 0 1 0
1991 0 0 0 0 0
1992 2 0 0 0 0
1993 1 3 0 0 0
1994 2 2 0 0 0
1995 2 0 0 0 0
Total 40 13 3 3 0
By season | In opening squad | Substituted in | Goals | Yellow cards | Red cards



Ronnie Whelan Jnr's full debut
14.10.1981 at 16:00 World Cup Qualifier H France 3 - 2


Last 10 games where Ronnie Whelan Jnr started | Show All
11.06.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H Austria 1 - 3
03.06.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Liechtenstein  
20.04.1994 at 00:00 Friendly A Holland  
23.03.1994 at 00:00 Friendly H Russia  
13.10.1993 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier H Spain 1 - 3
09.09.1992 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier H Latvia  
25.03.1992 at 14:30 Friendly H Switzerland 2 - 1
14.11.1990 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H England 1 - 1
12.09.1990 at 00:00 Friendly H Morocco  
28.03.1990 at 00:00 Friendly H Wales  


Last 10 games in which Ronnie Whelan Jnr scored.
11.10.1989 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier H N Ireland  
15.06.1988 at 00:00 European Cup Finals N Soviet Union 1 - 1
28.05.1987 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Luxembourg 2 - 1


Games in which Ronnie Whelan Jnr was a Substitute.
28.06.1994 World Cup Finals A Norway  
29.05.1994 Friendly A Germany  
08.09.1993 World Cup Qualifier H Lithuania  
16.06.1993 World Cup Qualifier A Lithuania  
17.02.1993 Friendly H Wales 2 - 1
21.06.1990 World Cup Finals N Holland 1 - 1
10.09.1986 European Cup Qualifier A Belgium 2 - 2
16.10.1985 World Cup Qualifier A Soviet Union  
02.06.1985 World Cup Qualifier H Switzerland  
01.05.1985 World Cup Qualifier H Norway  
05.02.1985 Friendly H Italy 1 - 2
09.09.1981 World Cup Qualifier A Holland 2 - 2
29.04.1981 Friendly H Czechoslovakia 3 - 1
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