Luke O'Neill

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Luke O'Neill
Luke O'Neill 26-10-2013 1.jpg
O'Neill playing for York City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Luke Marcus O'Neill[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-20) 20 August 1991 (age 22)[1]
Place of birth Slough, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Burnley
Number 16
Youth career
000?–2008 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Leicester City 1 (0)
2010 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 4 (0)
2011 Kettering Town (loan) 19 (2)
2011–2012 Mansfield Town 43 (3)
2012– Burnley 1 (0)
2013–2014 York City (loan) 15 (1)
2014 Southend United (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2007–2008 England U17 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:39, 24 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Luke Marcus O'Neill (born 20 August 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays for Burnley as a defender. He graduated from the Leicester City youth academy. He has represented England at under-17 level.

Career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Born in Slough, Berkshire,[1] O'Neill came through the youth academy at Leicester City and was part of the side that won the Premier Academy League in the 2006–07 season. He continued to feature for Leicester's academy and reserves side for the next season before being promoted to the first team squad in July 2008 making regular appearances in their pre-season games. He was named as a substitute for the first time in a League Cup win over Stockport County on 12 August 2008, however he was unused on that night.[2]

On 29 August 2008, just a few days after his 17th birthday, O'Neill signed a three-year professional contract, tying him to Leicester until the summer of 2011.[3] He then made his debut for Leicester on 2 September against Hartlepool United in Leicester's 3–0 Football League Trophy win.[4]

O'Neill's next first team involvement for Leicester came almost a year later when he was named as an unused substitute in their opening day fixture against Swansea City.[5] He made his first appearance of the season three days later, playing the full 90 minutes as Leicester beat Macclesfield Town 2–0 in the League Cup.[6] On 26 December 2009, O'Neill made his League debut for Leicester, coming on as a half-time substitute against Sheffield United, replacing the injured Jack Hobbs.[7]

On 18 February 2010, O'Neill joined Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan.[8] On 31 January 2011, he joined Conference Premier team Kettering Town on a one-month loan.[9]

Mansfield Town[edit]

On 30 June 2011, O'Neill signed for Conference Premier side Mansfield Town, arriving on a free transfer.[10] He made his debut on 13 August in a 1–1 draw with Bath City, he then later scored his first goal for the club in a 5–0 win over Newport County. His third goal came in the form of an equaliser in a 2–1 win over Grimsby Town. O'Neill helped Mansfield to a play-off semi final where they lost 2–1 on aggregate to York City. His performances throughout the season attracted Championship clubs Burnley, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town. Burnley had a bid rejected by the Conference club, but manager Paul Cox admitted O'Neill could leave if the offer is right.[11]

Burnley[edit]

On 15 June 2012, O'Neill signed for Championship club Burnley for an undisclosed fee.[12] He signed for League Two club York City on a 28-day emergency loan on 4 October 2013.[13] His debut came the following day in a 3–0 away defeat to Torquay United, before scoring his first goal for York in a 2–2 draw away at Chesterfield with a 30 yard shot into the bottom right corner.[14][15] On 31 October 2013, O'Neill's loan was extended until 4 January 2014, after making six appearances and scoring one goal for York.[16] He was recalled by Burnley a day early on 3 January 2014 to be part of the squad for their FA Cup match against Southampton.[17] He had made 16 appearances and scored one goal for York.[14]

On 17 January 2014, O'Neill signed for League Two side Southend United on a 30-day emergency loan.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 January 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 2008–09[19] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
2009–10[20] Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2009–10[20] League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Kettering Town (loan) 2010–11[21] Conference Premier 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
Mansfield Town 2011–12[22] Conference Premier 43 3 2 0 3[b] 0 48 3
Burnley 2012–13[23] Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2013–14[24] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
York City (loan) 2013–14[14] League Two 15 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 16 1
Southend United (loan) 2013–14[14] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 84 6 2 0 2 0 5 0 93 6
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, two in Conference Premier play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 320. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Leicester 1–0 Stockport". BBC Sport. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "O'Neill Signs Professional Deal". Leicester City F.C. 29 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hartlepool 0–3 Leicester". BBC Sport. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Leicester 2–1 Swansea". BBC Sport. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Macclesfield 0–2 Leicester". BBC Sport. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Leicester 2–1 Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Tranmere sign Leicester defender Luke O'Neill". BBC Sport. 18 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "O'Neill Joins Kettering on Loan". Leicester City F.C. 31 January 2011. Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "O'Neill Makes Field Mill Move". Mansfield Town F.C. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Burnley bid for Luke O'Neill rejected by Mansfield Town". BBC Sport. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Burnley sign defender Luke O'Neill from Mansfield Town". BBC Sport. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "York City sign Burnley defender Luke O'Neill on loan". BBC Sport. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Games played by Luke O'Neill in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Flett, Dave (23 October 2013). "Match report: Chesterfield 2, York City 2". The Press (York). Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Carroll, Steve (31 October 2013). "Luke O'Neill extends loan deal at York City". The Press (York). Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Luke Who's Back at Burnley". Burnley F.C. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Luke O'Neill joins Southend United". Southend United F.C. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Luke O'Neill in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Luke O'Neill in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  21. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 100–101. ISBN 9-781869-833701. 
  22. ^ "L. O'Neill". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Luke O'Neill in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "2013/14". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 

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