Fran O'Brien (footballer)
|Date of birth||April 7, 1955|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|1981–1982||Montreal Manic (indoor)||8||(5)|
|1983–1984||Vancouver Whitecaps (indoor)|
|1984–1985||Dallas Sidekicks (indoor)||43||(13)|
|1985–1987||Tacoma Stars (indoor)||71||(12)|
|1978||Republic of Ireland||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
He won a league winners medal with Bohemians in 1974/75. During his career with Bohs, Fran made 62 league appearances with 1 goal and 8 appearances in European competition scoring 1 goal. In 1978, O'Brien moved along with Pat Byrne and Eddie Byrne (footballer) to the Philadelphia Fury of the North American Soccer League (NASL). When the Fury moved to Montreal after the 1980 season, O'Brien went with the team and spent the next two seasons with the renamed Montreal Manic. In 1983, he signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps and spent the next two season with them. He was selected as an NASL all-star Honorable Mention for the 1983 season and was a second team selection with the Whitecaps in 1984. When the NASL folded at the end of the 1984 season, O'Brien signed with the Dallas Sidekicks of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). The Sidekicks released him on September 10, 1985 and he moved to the Tacoma Stars. He spent two seasons with the Stars before retiring and settling in Washington State.
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