Whelan, 69, advanced through the illustrious United academy before finding success as a player with Rochdale and other American sports organizations. In coaching and advising roles after hanging up his boots, he has contributed to the development of the following generation. He currently serves as Old Trafford’s advisor for the academy program.
At a ceremony held at the National Football Museum, he was one of several community role models honored. Organizations frequently give Whelan honors for his great accomplishments.
The event was sponsored by the Football Association and was hosted by Football Black List (FBL). Bing Findlater, Diane Modahl MBE, Joe Thompson, Mike Edwards, Ruth Ibegbuna, Russell Hoyte, and James Gregory were among those honored on the same night as Whelan.
“It was a pleasure to host the Football Black List event in Manchester to magnify and celebrate black talent in the region,” said Leon Mann, co-founder of the FBL. We are well aware of Manchester’s talent because it is one of the most well-known football cities in the world.
“This event focused on the black contribution that contributed to shape the success on the pitches at grassroots and professional level, as well as at the heart of the community,” said a statement about the event.
It is appropriate that the FBL had an event here in Manchester, one of the top football cities in the world, said fellow co-founder Rodney Hinds. It was amazing to see what positive sentiments and legacy could be established in Manchester after the success of the inaugural Birmingham event.