Sunday 4 December 2016

Ronnie Whelan

Published 28/04/2015 | 16:15

Ronnie Whelan & Michel Platini
Ronnie Whelan & Michel Platini

It's fitting that Ronnie Whelan scored probably the most memorable goal in Irish international history, that volley against the USSR in the European Championship, because he specialised in the great strike.

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There was the sweeping first-time finish which brought the 1982 League Cup Final against Spurs into extra-time where Liverpool prevailed, the exquisite curler which saw off Manchester United in the final a year later and the low shot, drilled through a crowd of players, which steadied the home team's nerves against Northern Ireland in the 1990 World Cup qualifier.

Whelan combined a high level of technical ability with the ability to produce the goods at the vital moment.

A regular on a Liverpool team which won six league titles, three League Cups, two FA Cups and a European Cup in that period, he was exactly the kind of player you find on a winning team.

Sunday Independent

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