Jim O'Brien (footballer)

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Jim O'Brien
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O'Brien playing for Motherwell
Personal information
Full name James John O'Brien
Date of birth (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Alexandria, Scotland[1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Coventry City
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Celtic 1 (0)
2007 Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 18 (1)
2008 Dundee United (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2010 Motherwell 64 (4)
2010–2014 Barnsley 123 (7)
2014– Coventry City 16 (3)
National team
2005 Republic of Ireland U19 1 (0)
2006–2008 Republic of Ireland U21 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:15, 4 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2008

James John "Jim" O'Brien (born 28 September 1987) is a footballer who currently plays as a winger for English Football League 1 club Coventry.

Career[edit]

Celtic[edit]

O'Brien made his debut in a 2–1 victory over Gretna on 7 October 2007, he filled in as a right-back due to all of Celtic's recognised players in that position being injured.[2]

Dunfermline Athletic (loan)[edit]

O'Brien was loaned from Celtic to Dunfermline Athletic during the 2006–07 season.[3] He made his debut in their 3–2 Scottish Cup victory over Rangers on 7 January 2007. He scored his first goal in Dunfermline's 4–1 victory over Motherwell on 7 May 2007.[4]

Dundee United (loan)[edit]

O'Brien joined Dundee United on loan on 31 January until May 2008.[5]

Motherwell[edit]

On 8 August 2008, O'Brien signed for Motherwell.[6] O'Brien scored four goals in 64 league appearances for Motherwell, earning selection for the PFA Scotland team of the year in 2009–10.[7]

Barnsley[edit]

On 7 May 2010, O'Brien signed a pre-contract agreement with English Championship side Barnsley,[7] then under the stewardship of Mark Robins. He scored his first goal for the South Yorkshire side with a tap in during a thumping 5–2 win against rivals Leeds United at Oakwell in September 2010. Although he had quite a hard time settling at Barnsley during his first season, he gradually made himself a fans' favourite due to his tireless energy and workrate.

As of 5 April 2013, O'Brien has scored 5 and assisted 8 goals for the Reds.[8] In May 2014, O'Brien rejected a new contract offer from Barnsley after revealing his ambition to play for 'a top 4' club. "I've definitely got what it takes to succeed on a bigger stage" said O'Brien.

Coventry City[edit]

Jim O'Brien completed a move to Coventry City on 4 July 2014 on a two-year contract. He made his league debut on the opening day of the 2014/15 season in a 3-2 defeat to Bradford City. He scored a disputed first goal for the club against Sheffield United at Sixfields which has later been credited as an own goal for Blades defender Bob Harris. His second goal for the club was less disputable as he scored from close-range to make the score 2-2 against Peterborough United at the Ricoh Arena on 25 October 2014, the Sky Blues went on to win the game 3-2.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 November 2014[9]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 2007–08 Scottish Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 2006–07 Scottish Premier League 13 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Dundee United (loan) 2007–08 Scottish Premier League 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Motherwell 2008–09 Scottish Premier League 29 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 32 1
2009–10 Scottish Premier League 35 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 40 3
Total 64 4 4 0 2 0 2 0 72 4
Barnsley 2010–11 Championship 33 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 1
2011–12 Championship 31 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 32 2
2012–13 Championship 30 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 35 2
2013–14 Championship 29 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 32 3
Total 123 7 6 1 4 0 0 0 133 8
Coventry City 2014–15 League One 15 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 1
Total 15 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 1
Career totals 226 13 16 1 7 0 2 0 251 14
A. ^ The "Continental" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the UEFA Europa League.

International[edit]

Although O'Brien represented the Republic of Ireland at under-19 and under-21 levels, he opted to switch allegiances and represent the nation of his birth, citing a chance to work with Craig Levein, who he also worked with while at Dundee United.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 418. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ "O'Brien ready to step in for Strachan". Daily Mail. 17 October 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dunfermline take Celtic's O'Brien". BBC News. 6 January 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Dunfermline 4–1 Motherwell". BBC News. 7 May 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Robson agrees terms with Celtic". BBC News. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "‘Well unveil double signing". Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Motherwell winger Jim O'Brien to join Barnsley". BBC Sport. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  8. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/84014/james-o%27brien?cc=3436
  9. ^ Jim O'Brien career stats at Soccerbase
  10. ^ "O'Brien switches back to Scotland". RTÉ News. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 

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