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Lots Of Love For Glenn Whelan As Irishman Steps Into Retirement

Lots Of Love For Glenn Whelan As Irishman Steps Into Retirement
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington
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At the age of 39, Glenn Whelan played his final club game on Sunday afternoon.

Whelan has spent the last two years with Bristol Rovers, helping them to achieve promotion from League Two last season and consolidate their place in League One this season.

On Sunday, he came on as a late substitute in Rovers' ultimate defeat to Bolton Wanderers, in a game which marked his final appearance at club level.

There was plenty of love for the former Irish international on social media from former clubs and fans of those clubs, as a great servant of Irish football stepped into retirement.

Glenn Whelan: Irish midfielder retires at 39

After a 20-year senior career which included spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City, Aston Villa, and Hearts, Glenn Whelan finally played his final club game for Bristol Rovers this weekend.

His performances this season have helped Rovers to cement their place in League One, and the club posted a touching photo of the Dubliner on their Twitter page on Sunday evening.

Bristol Rovers' post drew a reply from a former teammate of Glenn Whelan's at Aston Villa - one Jack Grealish, who was coming up through the ranks at Villa Park during Whelan's two-year spell there.


Grealish wished his "brother" a happy retirement and paid tribute to his career.

Whelan's wife Karen also shared a post to Twitter which confirmed Glenn's retirement.

Karen Whelan shared a video of her husband leaving the field on Sunday afternoon, as he was subbed off in injury time to a resounding round of applause from the home fans.


Her caption read "That's a wrap the boots are hung up" - confirming Whelan's retirement from the professional game.

Her tweet brought plenty of replies from fans of Whelan's previous clubs, thanking him for his service and paying tribute to him as he retired from the pro game.

Fans of Stoke City, in particular, popped up to wish Whelan the best in retirement.


Whelan is best remembered by Irish fans for his service with the national team, making 91 appearances at senior level - placing him in the top ten of Ireland's most-capped players.

He played at two international tournaments with Ireland, lining out at both EURO 2012 and EURO 2016, and was a particularly important cog in midfield during the Giovanni Trapattoni era.

Glenn Whelan

13 June 2016; Wes Hoolahan, right, and team-mate Glenn Whelan of Republic of Ireland celebrate after he scored his side's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France in Saint Denis, Paris, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

We wish Glenn Whelan a very happy retirement.

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