Derek O'Brien (footballer, born 1979)

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Derek O'Brien
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Personal information
Full name Derek O'Brien
Date of birth (1979-11-14) 14 November 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Tralee, Ireland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tralee Dynamos
Youth career
Tralee Dynamos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Galway United 45 (6)
2003 Sligo Rovers ? (?)
2004–2008 Galway United 31 (2)
2008 St Patrick's Athletic ? (?)
2009–2010 Galway United 61 (5)
2011 Cork City 24 (4)
2012 Limerick 17 (0)
2013 Salthill Devon 14 (1)
2013 Longford Town 14 (0)
2014 Galway 14 (1)
2014– Tralee Dynamos
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 July 2014.

Derek O'Brien (born 14 November 1979) is an Irish footballer.

Playing career[edit]

O'Brien is a left winger with plenty of speed and trickery. He was an integral part of Galway United's first season back in the Premier Division in 2007. So much so that he was elected to the PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year[1] and he was subsequently voted Galway United player of the year for 2007.[2] He also won the Galway United Supporter's Trust (GUST) 2007 player of the year award. O'Brien was subject to interest from Derry City who are believed to have offered him an excellent deal, however he opted to commit himself to the Tribesmen for another season at least. In July 2008 he signed for St Patrick's Athletic F.C. from Galway United. He stayed at St Pats for one season before returning to Galway United in January 2009.[3] He signed for Cork City in February 2011.[4][5] Following his release from Cork at the end of their 2011 League of Ireland First Division winning season, O'Brien joined Limerick. He was a member of the Limerick squad which won the 2012 First Division title. After leaving the Blues, he joined Salthill Devon before the 2013 season.

O'Brien spent the first half of the 2013 season at Salthill Devon before joining Longford Town in July 2013 for the remainder of the year.



Cork City


  • PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year - 2007
  • PFAI First Division Team of the Year - 2006


  1. ^ "PFAI and Ford announce nominees for annual awardsccessdate=2011-02-18".  External link in |publisher= (help);
  2. ^ "Derek O'Brien Galway United Football Club".  External link in |publisher= (help);
  3. ^ "Foster Appointed Galway United Manager".  External link in |publisher= (help);
  4. ^ "Derek O'Brien Signs".  External link in |publisher= (help);
  5. ^ "Derek O'Brien wings it to Cork".  External link in |publisher= (help);

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