Ronnie Whelan in Match's Star Spot 1985

Full name: Ronnie Andrew Whelan
Birthplace/Date: Dublin, September 25, 1961
Height/Weight: 5ft 9in /11 st
Marrried: Yes, to Elaine
Children: None
Car: Ford Escort
Worst ever injury: Pelvic strain that kept me out for six months [April 1983 - note by].
Favourite Football League player and why: Bryan Robson (Man utd) for his all-round ability
Favourite other team: Manchester United
Favourite foreign player and why: Michel Platini, simply the best
Best current British team: Southall (Everton), Sansom (Arsenal), Wright (Southampton), Ratcliffe (Everton), Anderson (Arsenal), Reid (Everton), Robson (Man Utd), Dalglish (Liverpool), Steven (Everton), Dixon (Chelsea), Rush (Liverpool)
Current International XI: Southall (Wales), Junior (Brazil), Lawrenson (Eire), Tresor (France), Cabrini (Italy), Platini (France), Brady (Eire), Souness (Scotland), Rush (Wales), Dalglish (Scotland), Boniek (Poland)
Favourite away ground: Old Trafford
Favourite foreign stadium at which you have played: Benfica's Stadium of Light
Best goal: My equalizer against Manchester United [13th April 1985 - note by]
Best Goal seen scored: Alan Mullery volley that won him the goal of the season in the early 70's
Most difficult opponent: They're all hard!
Most memorable match: Two really, beating Tottenham in the Milk Cup final in 1982 and winning the European Cup last season
Own magic moment in football: Any time I've won a trophy in the last three years
Biggest disappointment: Losing to Manchester United in this season's FA Cup semi-finals
Favourite other sports: Golf and snooker
Miscellenous likes: Resting on days off
Miscellenous dislikes: Smokers and bad manners
Favourite TV show: Wildlife documentaries and sports programmes
TV show you always switch off: Emmerdale Farm
Favourite reading: Sports magazines and books
Favourite pop star: Don't really have any, I just like a good song
Favourite food: Steak, egg and chips
Favourite drink: Milk
Best country visited: USA, Florida in particular
Favourite actor/actress: Jack Nicholson/Susan George
Best film seen in past year: My favourite would be "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", although it isn't new
Best friend: Many, I hope
Biggest influence on career: My dad and the staff at Liverpool
What don't you like about football: Losing
Superstitions: I have quite a few
Pre-match meal: Scrambled eggs
International honours: Schoolboy, youth and 12 full caps for Eire
Personal ambitions: Just to be happy
Professional ambitions: To win the FA Cup
Career after playing: Not really thought about that yet
Player for the future: Jim Beglin at Liverpool
Who would most like to meet: The Pope
Advice to youngsters: Always listen to older professionals

Copyright - Match 1985

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