Glenn Whelan

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Glenn Whelan
Glenn Whelan 2012 Sopot.jpg
Whelan with the Irish squad at UEFA Euro 2012
Personal information
Full name Glenn David Whelan[1]
Date of birth (1984-01-13) 13 January 1984 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Stoke City
Number 6
Youth career
2000–2001 Cherry Orchard
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Manchester City 0 (0)
2003 Bury (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2004 Bury (loan) 6 (0)
2004–2008 Sheffield Wednesday 142 (13)
2008– Stoke City 201 (5)
National team
2000 Republic of Ireland U16 2 (0)
2002–2005 Republic of Ireland U21 14 (2)
2007 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
2008– Republic of Ireland 58 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:25, 20 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2014

Glenn David Whelan (born 13 January 1984) is an Irish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Stoke City and the Republic of Ireland national team.

Whelan started his career at Manchester City but only made one appearance which came in the UEFA Cup and after a loan spell at Bury he moved on to play for Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he won promotion to the Championship in May 2005. In January 2008 Whelan joined Stoke City for a fee of £500,000 with whom he helped gain promotion to the Premier League. He took a while to establish himself in Tony Pulis' first team plans in the top flight but by 2009 he became a regular and went on to play in the 2011 FA Cup Final, but his old club Manchester City beat Stoke 1–0. Whelan continued to be a regular in the side under Pulis in 2011–12 and 2012–13 and kept his place under Mark Hughes in 2013–14.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Whelan started his career with Manchester City joining from Irish feeder club Cherry Orchard in 2001.[3] He made a solitary appearance in the UEFA Cup coming on as a substitute for Paul Bosvelt against Total Network Solutions in August 2003,[4] before joining Bury on a one-month loan the following month.[5] After appearing in the Republic of Ireland's World Youth Cup campaign in November and December, he returned to Bury on another one-month loan on 24 December 2003.[6] In total Whelan played 15 times on loan at Bury and caught the attentions of Sheffield Wednesday manager Chris Turner.[7]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Whelan joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer in the summer of 2004.[8] He made his debut for Wednesday against Huddersfield Town on 21 August and in his next match, a League Cup tie against Walsall, he provided Lee Peacock with an assist and earned the praise from his manager.[9][10] He scored his first goal for Wednesday in a 1–1 draw against Walsall in the league.[11] His promising start to his Wednesday career took a knock as he was sent off in a League Cup tie against Coventry City for "violent conduct".[12] However caretaker manager Mark Smith criticised the referee's decision.[13] Under new manager Paul Sturrock the team managed to finish in 5th position in 2004–05 claiming a play-off place where they defeated Brentford to reach the final. Whelan was voted "man of the match" in the League One play-off final against Hartlepool United at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff after scoring the game-winning third goal for Wednesday.[14][15]

After Wednesday won promotion to the Championship, Whelan was trialled as captain by Paul Sturrock after regular captain Lee Bullen was injured.[16] Wednesday were able to avoid an instant return to the third tier in 2005–06 as they finished in 19th position, Whelan playing in 46 matches that season scoring once, which came in a 2–1 defeat against Watford.[17]

In July 2006, Whelan was placed on the transfer list by Sturrock following increased competition for places in the Wednesday midfield after the arrival of Wade Small, Kenny Lunt and Yoann Folly.[18] He was subsequently removed from the transfer list by the following manager, Brian Laws.[19] Whelan repaid the faith shown in him with seven goals. He then went on to win a number of player of the year awards for the club's 2006–07 season.[20][21] His performances led to manager Laws entering into contract negotiations with Whelan.[22] Sheffield Wednesday rejected bids for Whelan from both Burnley and Plymouth Argyle in January 2008.[23] However a £500,000 bid from Stoke City was accepted on transfer deadline day.[24]

Stoke City[edit]

Whelan joined Stoke City on 30 January 2008 for £500,000 signing a three and a half-year contract.[25] He made his first Stoke City appearance in a Championship match against Cardiff on 2 February 2008 when he came on as a substitute in the 82nd minute for Mamady Sidibe.[26] Whelan made his first Stoke City league start the following game in a 4–2 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[27] He scored his first goal for Stoke in the 2–1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on 7 April 2008.[28] Whelan played 14 times for Stoke City in the 2007–08 season as Stoke finished 2nd and were promoted to the Premier League.[29]

Whelan playing for Stoke in 2010

Whelan started the club's first game in the Premier League against Bolton Wanderers.[30] Whelan didn't have a good game and as a result he didn't feature much in the first team, only playing in League Cup fixtures and even reserve games.[31] Despite this setback, Whelan was still a regular in the Irish national team. In December 2008 Whelan was being linked with a move away from the Britannia Stadium but Whelan revealed that he wanted to stay.[32] Whelan did manage to force his way back into the first team and he became an important player in Stoke's successful fight for survival. Whelan scored a last minute equaliser away against Aston Villa on 1 March.[33] Whelan signed a new four-year contract with Stoke on 15 September 2009.[34] He scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season against Tottenham Hotspur which earned Stoke a 1–0 victory.[35] He also went on to score against Manchester City in a 1–1 draw with Whelan beating fellow Irish international Shay Given. Arsenal player Aaron Ramsey praised Whelan for his support after Ramsey's suffered a leg break in a game between Stoke and Arsenal.[36]

He made his 100th appearance for Stoke in a 2–0 win over Everton on 1 January 2011.[37] After drifting in and out the starting eleven for most of the 2010–11 season Whelan made a return in March and has played a key role in Stoke's run to their first FA Cup Final.[38][39] Whelan reached a century of League appearances for the club on 8 May 2011 against Arsenal.[40] Whelan played in the 2011 FA Cup Final as Stoke lost 1–0 to his old club Manchester City.[41]

Whelan scored a rare goal for Stoke against FC Thun in the UEFA Europa League in August 2011.[42] In a match against Bolton Wanderers referee Howard Webb awarded an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area for a back-pass against Whelan after two minutes. Kevin Davies scored from the quickly-taken restart to put Bolton ahead. Stoke chairman Peter Coates criticised Webb's controversial decision to penalise Whelan.[43] He scored his first league goal for more than 18 months against Blackburn Rovers in November 2011.[44] In January 2012 manager Tony Pulis confirmed that he wants Whelan to sign a new contract stating "Every time you ask Glenn to step up to that next level, he does it. He's a good lad, very single-minded. He's got that Celtic blood in him and the determination to prove people wrong – including myself at times".[45] Whelan signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract on 11 January 2012 and said "I am loving life at the moment and things are going really well, so I am absolutely delighted to commit my long term future to the club".[46]

In March 2012 Whelan made his 37th international appearance for the Republic of Ireland, with all of his caps coming whilst at Stoke he surpassed Gordon Banks' record becoming Stoke's most capped player.[47] In the summer of 2012 Stoke signed midfielders Charlie Adam and Steven N'Zonzi and Whelan's place in the side came under threat but he 'lifted his game' and retained his place for 2012–13 season.[48] He avoided a ban after a 'two footed' tacked on Manchester City's Javi García in the FA Cup.[49][50] Whelan played 34 times in 2012–13 as Stoke finished in 13th position.[51] He ended the season on a sour note as he was involved in a dressing room bust-up with Kenwyne Jones.[52]

At the end of the 2012–13 season Tony Pulis was replaced by Mark Hughes and Whelan stated that he hopes the change in style of play will help the team score more goals.[53] Whelan initially had to fight for his place under Hughes at the start of the 2013–14 season but he soon became a regular in the side again.[54] Whelan became a vital member of the team under Hughes and he made 36 appearances as Stoke finished in 9th position.[55] Whelan described the 2013–14 season as his best for the club.[56]

International career[edit]

In October 2000, Whelan played for the Republic of Ireland national football team U16s in a qualifying tournament in Riga for the 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship where he came up against Andrés Iniesta. He represented the Republic of Ireland Under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and has been capped 14 times by the Irish Under 21s, captaining the side on many of these occasions.

"I’ve come in later on in my career, but I never stopped believing that I could do it if I got a chance."

Glenn Whelan, on his 11 game streak for Ireland.[57]

His first cap for the Republic of Ireland B national football team came on 20 November 2007 against Scotland.[58] Whelan made his debut for the senior team against Serbia in May 2008[59] and scored his first international goal against Georgia in Mainz, Germany on 6 September 2008.[60] Since the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni, Whelan became a key member of the squad and made 11 straight appearances despite previously being considered an "also-ran".[57] He scored his second goal for Ireland against Italy with a spectacular strike from almost 25 yards on 10 October 2009 in a 2–2 draw.[61] Whelan started the matches in both legs against France as Ireland were controversially knocked out 2–1 on aggregate after extra-time.[62]

Whelan again was ever present in Ireland's midfield for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying and he was also part of the team that secured qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 with an unprecedented 5–1 aggregate play-off win over Estonia.[63] Whelan was named in Trapattoni's 23-man squad for the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine and was given the number 6 jersey.[64] Ireland had a poor campaign and were eliminated after losing all three of their Group C fixtures.

Whelan won his 50th Irish cap on 14 August 2013 against Wales.[65] Whelan was branded a "terrible" player by RTE pundit and former Republic of Ireland international Eamon Dunphy in the aftermath of a poor performance in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Sweden.[66] Whelan hit back at Dunphy stating that he is nothing more than a "media bully".[67]

International goals[edit]

As of 4 March 2010.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1.
6 September 2008 Stadion am Bruchweg, Mainz, Germany  Georgia
2 – 0
2–1
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2.
10 October 2009 Croke Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Italy
1 – 0
2–2
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Whelan grew up in Dublin as a Liverpool supporter however he cites Paul McGrath as his hero.[68] Whilst living in Dublin, Whelan attended matches at League of Ireland side St Patrick's Athletic and cites Paul Osam as his favourite "St Pat's" player.[69] Whelan is married to Karren with whom he has a daughter, Abbie and a son Jack.[70]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 20 September 2014[71]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2003–04[72] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Bury (loan) 2003–04[72] Third Division 13 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 15 0
Total 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 15 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2004–05[73] League One 36 3 1 1 2 0 3 1 42 5
2005–06[74] Championship 43 1 1 0 2 0 46 1
2006–07[75] Championship 38 7 2 0 1 1 41 8
2007–08[76] Championship 25 2 2 0 3 1 30 3
Total 142 13 6 1 8 2 0 0 3 1 159 17
Stoke City 2007–08[76] Championship 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
2008–09[77] Premier League 26 1 1 0 4 2 31 3
2009–10[78] Premier League 33 2 4 0 1 0 38 2
2010–11[79] Premier League 29 0 7 0 3 0 39 0
2011–12[80] Premier League 30 1 4 0 2 0 7 1 43 2
2012–13[51] Premier League 32 0 2 0 0 0 34 0
2013–14[55] Premier League 32 0 1 0 3 0 36 0
2014–15[81] Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 201 5 19 0 13 2 7 1 0 0 240 8
Career total 356 18 26 1 21 4 8 1 4 1 415 25
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs and Football League Trophy.

International[edit]

As of match played 6 June 2014[82]
National team Year Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland
2008 7 1
2009 10 1
2010 8 0
2011 11 0
2012 9 0
2013 10 0
2014 3 0
Total 58 2

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday
Stoke City

Individual[edit]

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