OSO WAS MY HERO; Whelan: Paul inspired me to play football.
GLENN WHELAN has revealed that League of Ireland legend Paul Osam 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.
BIG FAN Glenn Whelan loved to watch his hero Paul Osam (inset) play for St Patrick's Athletic
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 11, 2012|
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