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 26)
Place of birth Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Coventry
Number 7
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 121 (7)
2014- Coventry
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 00:13, 27 March 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.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 July 2014[9]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[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
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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 188 11 11 1 6 0 2 0 207 12
A. ^ The "Other" 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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