Born on 13 June 1955 at Alloa.
Ronnie Whelan was one of the three youngsters bought by Paisley from Home Farm in Dublin. Despite many criticism that he was not skilful enough, he was a midfielder extremely comfortable in both defending and attacking, an attribute highly valued by Paisley.
After scoring on his Liverpool debut, he went on to earn his first cap for Ireland. The left-sided midfielder took 2 years to persuade Paisley that he was a natural successor to Ray Kennedy. Like many of the great Liverpool midfielders, he was adept in providing accurate passes during vital moments, occasionally scoring an odd goal to help win the match for the Reds.
His finest moment is probably the FA Cup final outing in 1989, skippering the team to a final victory over arch-rivals Everton. After the anguish of the Hillsborough disaster, he suffered another setback when the team lost the league championship to Arsenal by an injury time goal.
His career came to a close at almost the same time like many of his fellow Anfield stewards. The latter part of his career was dogged by injury. A subsequent disagreement with Roy Evans over contract negotiations, he went on a free transfer to Southend and eventually taking over as gaffer.
6 League Titles (82,83,84,86,88,90)
4 League Cups (82,83,84)
1 European Cup (84)
2 FA Cups (86,89)
53 caps for Republic of Ireland
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