Mike PHELAN

Mike Phelan - England - Biography 1989

Photo/Foto: Stuart Franklin

Date: 15 November 1989

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 24 September 1962
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Nelson, England.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • England
  • CLUBS
  • Manchester United
    • Club Career Dates
      1989-1994
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 19th August 1989 in a 4-1 win at home to Arsenal (Aged: 26)
    • Club Career
      88 League apps (+14 as sub), 2 goals
  • Norwich City FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1985-1989
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 17th August 1985 in a 1-0 win at home to Oldham Athletic (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
      155 League apps (+1 as sub), 9 goals
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Mike PHELAN - England - Biography 1989

Mike Phelan, a solid and dependable midfield player, earned his dream move to Manchester United and a sudden catapulting into the England set-up after earning numerous friends as captain of a Norwich team which nearly won everything and ultimately won nothing in 1989. With World Cup qualification secure, he was called up by Bobby Robson for a friendly with Italy in November that year (the photo above is during the game), coming on as a sub for captain Bryan Robson at half time, and responding by completely fooling Walter Zenga with a 40 yard lob midway through the half which dropped just a yard wide of the post. It was almost the perfect debut and could have been the perfect end too, as, with Robson, Webb, McMahon and the emerging Gascoigne and Platt in his way, he wasn't asked back. (Matthew Rudd)