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[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Alexandria, Scotland[2]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Ross County
(on loan from Shrewsbury Town)
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Celtic 1 (0)
2007 Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 13 (1)
2008 Dundee United (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2010 Motherwell 64 (4)
2010–2014 Barnsley 123 (7)
2014–2016 Coventry City 70 (8)
2016 Scunthorpe United (loan) 9 (1)
2016– Shrewsbury Town 18 (0)
2017– Ross County (loan) 2 (0)
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 18:32, 1 February 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2008

James John "Jim" O'Brien (born 28 September 1987) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Ross County, on loan from English club Shrewsbury Town.

Club 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.[3]

Dunfermline Athletic (loan)[edit]

O'Brien was loaned from Celtic to Dunfermline Athletic during the 2006–07 season.[4] 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.[5]

Dundee United (loan)[edit]

O'Brien joined Dundee United on loan on 31 January until May 2008.[6]

Motherwell[edit]

On 8 August 2008, O'Brien signed for Motherwell.[7] O'Brien scored four goals in 64 league appearances for Motherwell, earning selection for the PFA Scotland team of the year in 2009–10.[8]

Barnsley[edit]

On 7 May 2010, O'Brien signed a pre-contract agreement with English Championship side Barnsley,[8] 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.[9] In May 2014, O'Brien rejected a new contract offer from Barnsley.

Coventry City[edit]

Jim O'Brien completed a move to Coventry City on 4 July 2014 on a two-year contract. He made his league debut on the opening day of the 2014/15 season in a 3–2 defeat to Bradford City. He scored a disputed first goal for the club against Sheffield United at Sixfields which has later been credited as an own goal for Blades defender Bob Harris. His second goal for the club was less disputable as he scored from close-range to make the score 2–2 against Peterborough United at the Ricoh Arena on 25 October 2014, the Sky Blues went on to win the game 3–2.

On 15 February 2016, O'Brien was loaned out to Scunthorpe United on an emergency basis.[10]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

On 17 June 2016, O'Brien completed a move to League One side Shrewsbury Town . He signed a two-year deal arriving as a free agent following his release from Coventry.[11] A first-team regular during the first half of the season, he scored his first goal for the club in an FA Cup second-round replay against Fleetwood Town.[12]

Ross County (loan)[edit]

On 18 January 2017, O'Brien joined Scottish Premiership side Ross County on loan until the end of the 2016–17 season.[13] He made his debut for the club as a substitute in a Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Dundee United, scoring the final goal in a 6–2 victory.[14]

International career[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.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 31 January 2017.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 2006–07[16] Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08[17] 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 2006–07[16] Scottish Premier League 13 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Dundee United (loan) 2007–08[18] 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Motherwell 2008–09[19] 29 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 32 1
2009–10[20] 35 3 1 0 2 0 2[a] 0 40 3
Total 64 4 4 0 2 0 2 0 72 4
Barnsley 2010–11[21] Championship 33 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 1
2011–12[22] 31 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 32 2
2012–13[23] 30 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 35 2
2013–14[24] 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[25] League One 44 6 1 0 1 0 2[b] 0 48 6
2015–16[26] 26 2 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 29 2
Total 70 8 2 0 2 0 3 0 77 8
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2015–16[26] League One 9 1 9 1
Shrewsbury Town 2016–17[27] 18 0 3 1 2 0 2 0 25 1
Ross County (loan) 2016–17[27] Scottish Premiership 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Career total 313 21 22 3 10 0 6 0 349 24
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 44. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 418. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "O'Brien ready to step in for Strachan". Daily Mail. 17 October 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dunfermline take Celtic's O'Brien". BBC News. 6 January 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Dunfermline 4–1 Motherwell". BBC News. 7 May 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Robson agrees terms with Celtic". BBC News. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "'Well unveil double signing". Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Motherwell winger Jim O'Brien to join Barnsley". BBC Sport. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  9. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/84014/james-o%27brien?cc=3436
  10. ^ "Coventry City midfielder Jim O'Brien has joined Scunthorpe United on an emergency loan deal". Coventry City FC. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Jim O'Brien: Shrewsbury Town sign midfielder after Coventry City departure". BBC Sport. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Fleetwood Town 3–2 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Transfer news: Jim O'Brien joins on loan from Shrewsbury". Ross County FC. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Ross County 6–2 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "O'Brien switches back to Scotland". RTÉ News. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Jim O'Brien in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 

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