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OSO WAS MY HERO; Whelan: Paul inspired me to play football.

Byline: PAUL O'HEHIR

GLENN WHELAN Glenn Whelan (born January 13, 1984) is an Irish football player, currently playing for Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he won promotion to the Championship in May 2005.  has revealed that League of Ireland This is a disambiguation page. League of Ireland may refer to:
  • Football League of Ireland - the original football league in the Republic of Ireland that existed from 1921 until 2006.
 legend Paul Osam Paul Osam (born December 20, 1967 in Dublin) is a former professional football (soccer) player. He currently coaches with St Patrick's Athletic FC and works as a football pundit with TV3. His father is from Ghana.  helped inspire him to become the top player he is today.

The Stoke City and Republic of Ireland midfielder is a St Patrick's Athletic fan and regularly watched 'Oso' (above) in action when he was a teenager.

The Clondalkin native admired for the Saints stalwart before his move to Manchester City in 2001 and regrets never getting his autograph.

Ahead of the next month's Euro Championships, the 28-year-old Ireland ace, said: "St Pat's was the closest team to me, so I was able to get the 78 bus down.

"We enjoyed not just the football, but being allowed on the bus on our own with our mates. But Paul Osam, he was the goalscoring midfielder at the time I was watching them."

And Whelan added: "We had a trophy presentation when I played for Maryland. It was the end of the season and he was involved - but I never got his autograph!" Osam, 44, won five League of Ireland titles between 1989/90 and 1998/99 - four of them with St Pat's and one with Shamrock Rovers.

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BIG FAN Glenn Whelan loved to watch his hero Paul Osam (inset) play for St Patrick's Athletic
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 11, 2012
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