Irish Footballers that Played for Manchester
United - Anto Whelan
Anthony Whelan - Introduction
Anto Whelan was born in
Dublin on 23 November 1959. He was playing in the League
of Ireland with Bohemians
when Dave Sexton moved to sign him for Manchester United in August 1980.
United paid Bohs £30,000 for Whelan.
Anto Whelan & Manchester United
Anthony Whelan made his
Manchester United debut on 29 November 1980 against Southampton at Old
Trafford. He came on as a substitute in place of Kevin
Moran. Whelan was joined in the match squad that day by other fellow-Irishmen
Sammy McIlroy and Ashley Grimes. The match
ended in a 1-1 draw. This was Anto Whelan's first and last game for Manchester
United. The squad was well covered in central defence and when new manager
Ron Atkinson signed Paul
McGrath from St
Patricks Athletic Whelan's opportunities diminished even further.
Whelan remained with the reserves until the end of the 1981/82 season
and in June 1983 he returned to League of Ireland football with Shamrock
Rovers. Anto Whelan went on to play for Cork
City, Bray Wanderers,
during his second spell in Irish football. He won the League in 1992 and
the FAI Cup in
1973 with Shels.
Anto Whelan - Republic of Ireland Career
Anthony Whelan never had
the opportunity to play at senior level for the Republic of Ireland.
Anthony Whelan - Manchester United &