Billy Whelan

1935 - 1958

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William Augustine Whelan (1 April 1935 – 6 February 1958), also known as Billy Whelan or Liam Whelan, was an Irish footballer and one of the eight Manchester United players who were killed in the Munich air disaster. He was 22 years old when he died. Whelan was born in Dublin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Billy Whelan has received more than 177,475 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Billy Whelan is the 3,033rd most popular soccer player (down from 2,164th in 2019), the 228th most popular biography from Ireland and the 6th most popular Irish Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, Billy Whelan ranks 3,033 out of 16,923Before him are Toby Alderweireld, Marcus Berg, Plácido Galindo, Danny Blanchflower, Jordan Henderson, and Maya Yoshida. After him are Robert Budzynski, Gianfranco Leoncini, Sébastien Frey, Antoine Kombouaré, Miroslav Votava, and Aílton.

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Among people born in 1935, Billy Whelan ranks 333Before him are Assar Rönnlund, Katalin Szőke, Jeremy Kemp, Vicente Lucas, José Antonio Labordeta, and Claude Esteban. After him are Marcelino Oreja, 1st Marquis of Oreja, Sergio Rossi, Jack McDevitt, Jimmy Armfield, Waldemar Baszanowski, and Susan Cooper. Among people deceased in 1958, Billy Whelan ranks 135Before him are Henri Béraud, Nezihe Muhiddin, Arvid Holmberg, Eddie Colman, Hubert Wilkins, and Erwin Bauer. After him are Paul Pilgrim, H. B. Warner, Daniel Norling, David Pegg, Frank Swift, and Russell Mockridge.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Billy Whelan ranks 228 out of 460Before him are Arthur Johnson (1879), Eoin Colfer (1965), Maria Doyle Kennedy (1964), Peter Sutherland (1946), Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley (1833), and W. T. Cosgrave (1880). After him are Kathleen Antonelli (1921), Liam Brady (1956), Patrick Leahy (1877), Martin Sheridan (1881), Louis Walsh (1952), and Agnes Mary Clerke (1842).


Among soccer players born in Ireland, Billy Whelan ranks 6Before him are Roy Keane (1971), Tony Dunne (1941), Robbie Keane (1980), Willoughby Hamilton (1864), and Arthur Johnson (1879). After him are Liam Brady (1956), John McKenna (1855), John O'Shea (1981), Denis Irwin (1965), Johnny Giles (1940), and Shay Given (1976).