Manchester United Legend | Liam Whelan Profil


LIAM WHELAN

Born : 01 Apr 1935
Signed : 01 May 1953
Debut : 26 Mar 1955 v Preston (A) League
Goals total : 52
Appearances total : 95
Position: : Inside right
Left United :

Liam Whelan was one of the outstanding youngsters who rolled off United’s production line in the 1950’s. Scouted by Billy Behan while playing for Home Farm in Dublin, he started his Reds career by winning an FA Youth Cup medal.
The success continued as Whelan progressed to the first team. His strike-rate of more than one goal per two games helped United to win consecutive League Championships in 1956 and 1957 – although he was also in the team beaten by Aston Villa in the 1957 FA Cup final. In the following season, Whelan vied with Sir Bobby Charlton for the position of inside-right. The competition between the two players meant that although Whelan had lost his place in the team, he still made the trip to Red Star Belgrade for the quarter-final of the European Cup. He was tragically to be one the players who lost their lives on their return from Belgrade, when the team’s aircraft crashed after stopping to refuel at Munich. Whelan’s loss was not only felt by Manchester United, but by Ireland too – he won four caps for his country before the crash cruelly cut short his life and promising career.

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