Whelan was one of the most important figures in the early day of football in Dublin. He was a founding member of Bohemian F.C. in 1890 and was the club's first captain. Whelan also has the honour of scoring Bohemians' first ever goal when he netted against Britannia on 1 November 1890. A respected full back, he played in the first team for over a decade and appeared in the Irish Cup Final in 1900 when Bohemians lost 2-1 to Cliftonville.
Off the field, he was Club President of Bohemians from 1900–1905 and Vice-President from 1905-1916.
- Leinster Senior Cup: 6
- 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898
- Leinster League
- 1899/1900, 1900/01
- Bohemian FC match programme, Vol. 43, no. 6
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