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Glenn Whelan
Personal information
Full name Glenn David Whelan
Date of birth 13 January 1984 (1984-01-13) (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club 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 145 (13)
2008– Stoke City 64 (4)
National team
Republic of Ireland U21 14 (2)
2007 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
2008– Republic of Ireland 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:02, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:16, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

Glenn David Whelan[1] (pronounced /ˌɡlɛn ˈhwiːlən/) (born 13 January 1984 in Dublin) is an Irish professional football player, currently playing for Stoke City in the English Premier League. He started his career at Manchester City but didn't make any league appearances and moved on to play for Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he won promotion to the Championship in May 2005. Whelan usually plays in the role of a midfield playmaker.


Club career


Manchester City

Whelan started his career with Manchester City, making one solitary appearance in the UEFA Cup against Total Network Solutions in August 2003,[2] before joining Bury on a one-month loan the following month.[3] 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.[4]

Sheffield Wednesday

Whelan joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer in the summer of 2004.[5] He was vital in securing a play-off place for the club, starting a total of 41 games and scoring four goals. Whelan was voted "man of the match" in the League One play-off final against Hartlepool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff after scoring the game-winning third goal for Wednesday. After Wednesday won promotion to the Championship Whelan was trialled as captain by Paul Sturrock after club captain Lee Bullen was injured.

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.[6] He was subsequently removed from the transfer list by the following manager Brian Laws.[7] Whelan repaid the faith shown in him with seven goals, most notably "screamers" against Leicester, Southampton & Luton. He then went on to win a number of 'Player of the year' awards for the club's 2006–07 season.[8][9]

Stoke City

Whelan joined Stoke City on 30 January 2008 for £500,000, signing a three and a half year contract.[10] Whelan made his first Stoke City appearance in a Championship match against Cardiff on the 2nd February 2008 when he came on as a substitute in the 82nd minute for Mamady Sidibe. Whelan made his first Stoke City League start the following game against Wolves, on 9 February 2009. Whelan scored his first goal for Stoke in the 2–1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on 7 April 2008.[11] Whelan played 14 times for Stoke City in the 2007-2008 season as Stoke finished 2nd and were promoted to the Premier League.

Whelan started the club's first game in the Premier League against Bolton. Whelan didn't have a good game and as a result he didn't feature much in the first team, only playing in Carling Cup fixtures and even Reserve games.[12] Despite this setback, Whelan was still a regular in the Irish National Side. In December 2008 Whelan was being linked with a move away from the Britannia Stadium but Whelan revealed that he wanted to stay.[13] 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 the 1 March.[14] Whelan is now considered an integral part of Stoke's team; he is a regular in every match squad, starting most games. Whelan signed a new four-year contract with Stoke on 15 September 2009.[15] He scored his first goal of the season against Tottenham Hotspur which earned the win for Stoke.[16] 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 Ryan Shawcross broke Ramsey's leg in a game between Stoke and Arsenal.[17]

International career

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.[18]

His first cap for the Republic of Ireland B national football team came on 20 November 2007 against Scotland.[19] Whelan made his debut for the senior team against Serbia in May 2008[20] and scored his first international goal against Georgia in Mainz, Germany on 6 September 2008.[21] Since the appointment of Giovanni Trappatoni, Whelan became a key member of the squad and made 11 straight appearances despite previously being considered an "also-ran".[18] 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.[22]

International goals

As of 4 March 2010

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

Personal life

Glenn is a nephew of well known Irish television personality Marty Whelan. He has often spoken of his Uncle's influence on his footballing career, and has fond memories of the two watching matches and playing together form an early age. Marty, a keen Shamrock Rovers fan himself, spotted talent in young Glenn after a game of 'Heads and Volleys' the two played and actively encouraged his footballing career during his early years.

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2003–04 - - - 1 0 - 1 0
Bury (loan) 2003-04 13 0 1 0 - - - 14 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2004–05 39 3 1 1 2 0 - - 42 4
2005–06 43 1 1 0 2 0 - - 46 1
2006–07 38 7 2 0 1 1 - - 41 8
2007–08 25 2 2 0 3 1 - - 30 3
Stoke City 2007–08 14 1 - - - - 14 1
2008–09 26 1 1 0 4 2 - - 31 3
2009–10 24 2 4 0 1 0 - - 29 2
Career total 222 17 12 1 13 4 1 0 0 0 248 22



  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 650. ISBN 1852916656. 
  2. ^ "Man City sail through". BBC Sport. 2003-08-28. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Bury bag Whelan". BBC Sport. 2003-09-29. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Bury sign Whelan on loan". BBC Sport. 2003-12-24. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  5. ^ Johnson, William (2004-07-21). "Premiership transfers". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Owls bag Saints midfielder Folly". BBC Sport. 2006-07-12. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  7. ^ "Owls enter Whelan contract talks". BBC Sport. 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  8. ^ "Whelan Bags Award". Vital Network. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  9. ^ "Whelan Bags Owls Gong". Vital Network. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  10. ^ "Stoke sign Whelan and Gallagher". BBC Sport. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  11. ^ "Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  12. ^ "Stoke Reserves 2-2 Fulham Reserves". 2008-07-08.,,10310~1409938,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  13. ^ "Whelan wants potters future". Sky Sports. 2008-07-08.,19528,11095_4616069,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  14. ^ "Whelan's late equaliser stuns Villa". Guardian. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  15. ^ "Glenn's new deal". Stoke City FC (Stoke City). 2009-07-15.,,10310~1798049,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  16. ^ "Tottenham Hotsupr 0-1 Stoke City". Stoke City FC (Stoke City). 2009-10-24.,,10310~48287,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  17. ^ "Ramsey vows to return 'stronger'". BBC. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  18. ^ a b Hytner, David (2009-06-05). "Whelan plays key role in renaissance". Irish Times. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  19. ^ Lindsay, Clive (2007-11-20). "Scotland B 1-1 Rep of Ireland B". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  20. ^ "Trapattoni opts for two debutants". BBC Sport. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  21. ^ "Ireland off to perfect start". Sky Sports. 2008-09-06.,19764,11065_2947188,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  22. ^ "Rep of Ireland 2-2 Italy". BBC Sport. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  23. ^ "Glenn Whelan". Stoke City FC. Stoke City.,,10310~19533,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 

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