Ronnie Whelan is a Liverpool legend. The midfielder made 493 appearances and scored 73 goals from 1979 through 1994 for the Reds. And the recently turned 54-year-old helped add 6 League titles, 3 FA Cups, and a European Cup to the club’s trophy cabinet.
The Liverpool Football Club Atlanta Supporter’s Group hosted the Liverpool Legend and incredible storyteller at an event for Reds fans in Atlanta and around the U.S. over the weekend of September 25. The event is part of a series put on by LFC Atlanta to give fans in the Southeast a glimpse of the club’s history and players. They hosted Roy Evans earlier this year.
“It was great to have Ronnie in Atlanta to speak to club supporters,” Stuart Brennan, founder of the Liverpool FC Atlanta Supporters Group, told 365.WorldSoccerShop.com. “He is a true legend of the club who represents both the historical and modern perspectives when addressing the crowd and answering all the questions regardless of the time needed.”
Whelan and his wife arrived in Atlanta on Thursday and LFC Atlanta club members hosted them to a VIP dinner and ‘surprise’ birthday celebration. Whelan’s birthday was the following day on Friday and he was presented with a cake to get the weekend and birthday celebrations started a little early.
Friday started early with 6 LFC ATL members taking Whelan and his wife for a round of golf. Whelan is an avid golfer and both he and his wife hit the links.
After golf and a short break to take a breath, Whelan joined 100+ Liverpool fans for an evening at the W Hotel. Whelan spoke about his first game and goal for Liverpool, taking the #5 jersey from Ray Kennedy, becoming a Red after growing up a Manchester United fan, playing for manager Bob Paisley and with other legends Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, John Aldridge, and John Barnes, the disappointment of losing out on the title in 1988/89 and then winning in 1989/90, and the heartbreak from the Hillsborough tragedy.
His time with Liverpool was the focus of the evening but it did not escape some at the event that Whelan earned 53 caps for the Republic of Ireland which included playing in the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. He also played in the 1990 World Cup and the 1988 European Championship.
When all the questions were asked and answered, Whelan stayed to sign autographs take pictures and talk to the fans.
Overall, a great night with a lot of awesome insight from a former Liverpool Legend. Ronnie was a class act who laughed and made others laugh while telling stories about Liverpool’s golden age of soccer, as well as his International Career.
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