Anthony Whelan

Anto Whelan
Personal information
Full name Anthony Whelan
Date of birth (1959-11-23) 23 November 1959
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979-1980 Bohemian F.C. 25 (4)
1980-1983 Manchester United F.C. 1 (0)
1983-1984 Shamrock Rovers ? (2)
1985-1986 Cork City F.C. 22 (4)
1986-1987 Shamrock Rovers ? (0)
1987-1988 Bray Wanderers 32 (2)
1988-1994 Shelbourne F.C. ? (?)
1994-1996 Dundalk F.C. ? (?)
1996-1997 Drogheda United ? (?)
1997-1998 Bray Wanderers 14 (0)
National team
1986 League of Ireland XI 1 (0)
1981 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
1996-1997 Drogheda United F.C.

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Anthony Gerard "Anto" Whelan (born 23 November 1959 in Dublin) is a former Irish soccer player who played during the 1970s and 1980s.

He made his League of Ireland debut for Bohemians on 9 September 1979 and made twenty five league appearances (4 goals) and two appearances for Bohs in European competition before transferring to Manchester United in August 1980 for £30,000 . After making just one appearance for Manchester United as a substitute for Kevin Moran, he moved to America.

Anto then returned home to sign for Shamrock Rovers in 1983 and won the League in his first season at the club.[1] After a spell at Cork City, he briefly signed back with the Rovers in 1986, where he played once in the European Cup. He made a total of 44 appearances for the Hoops.

He then moved on to Bray Wanderers.

He signed for Shelbourne in 1988,[2] and won the League in 1992 and the 1993 FAI Cup before returning to the Carlisle Grounds to finish his career at Bray Wanderers in the late 1990s.

He had a spell as player/manager at Drogheda United where he guided the club back to the Premier Division in the 1996–97 League of Ireland season.

He earned one cap for the Republic of Ireland U21 side.



  1. Shamrock Rovers F.C Archived August 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Bohemian FC match programme, Vol. 45, no. 2
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