Kevin O'Callaghan

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Kevin O'Callaghan
Personal information
Full name Kevin O'Callaghan
Date of birth (1961-10-19) 19 October 1961 (age 52)
Place of birth Dagenham, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left winger
Youth career
1977–1979 Millwall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Millwall 23 (6)
1980-1985 Ipswich Town 115 (3)
1985-1987 Portsmouth 80 (16)
1987-1991 Millwall 89 (14)
1991-1993 Southend United 24 (1)
National team
Republic of Ireland U21
1981-1987 Republic of Ireland 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin O'Callaghan (born 19 October 1961) is a former Irish footballer, who played as a left winger.

Early Years[edit]

O'Callaghan was born in Havering on the 19 October 1961 to Paddy and Barbara O'Callaghan.

Playing career[edit]

O'Callaghan enjoyed two spells at Millwall as well as stints at Portsmouth and Southend. His most successful years came after transferring to Ipswich Town for a record breaking £250,000 in 1980, joining Bobby Robson's revolution at the club. He played a crucial role in their 1981 UEFA Cup winning season justifying a call up to the Irish national team, who he represented on 21 occasions, scoring twice.

He was in the Portsmouth team that won promotion to the First Division in 1987 after nearly 30 years away, and then signed for Millwall, helping them reach the First Division in 1988 for the first time in their history. They stayed there for two years, and he stayed with them for a season after relegation.

A knee injury brought his career to an abrupt end in 1994.

Coaching career[edit]

Following his playing career Kevin came into his own as a coach, at Millwall he helped plenty of talented youngsters reach their full potential including the likes of Tim Cahill.

Other Ventures[edit]

O'Callaghan appeared in the 1981 movie Escape to Victory, cast in the unfamiliar role of goalkeeper alongside Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone and Pelé. [1]

Family Life[edit]

O'Callaghan currently lives in Kent with his wife Mandy and daughters Kayley and Charlotte.

Honours[edit]

Millwall

Winner

Ipswich Town

Winner

Runner up

Portsmouth

Winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker, Danny & Kelly, Danny (2009) Classic Football Debates Settled Once and For All, Volume 1, Ebury Press, ISBN 978-0-09-192851-3, p. 233

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