Joey O'Brien

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Joey O'Brien
Joey O'Brien West Ham Vs Birkirkara (19319060114).jpg
O'Brien playing against Birkirkara in 2015
Personal information
Full name Joseph Martin O'Brien
Date of birth (1986-02-17) 17 February 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Full-back
Youth career
2002–2004 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 Bolton Wanderers 50 (0)
2004–2005 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 15 (2)
2011 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 4 (0)
2011–2016 West Ham United 91 (3)
National team
Republic of Ireland U19
2005–2006 Republic of Ireland U21 6 (0)
2006–2012 Republic of Ireland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:59, 7 June 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012

Joseph Martin "Joey" O'Brien (born 17 February 1986) is an Irish footballer who plays as a full-back. He is currently a free agent, having most recently played for West Ham United.

Career[edit]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

O'Brien started his career with Bolton Wanderers in 2004 after starting out his first year scholarships in 2002.[2]

To gain further experience, O'Brien was loaned out to League One team Sheffield Wednesday for the most part of the 2004–05 season,[3] making 15 appearances and scoring two goals, including one on his debut.[4][5] After extending his loan spell at the club twice times,[6][7] O'Brien was named as captain for the last game of his loan spell in honour of his contribution.[8]

Upon returning to Bolton Wanderers from a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, O'Brien made his Premier League debut on 15 May 2005 against Everton when coming on as a late substitute in place of Fernando Hierro.[9] He was given his first start in Bolton's colours in their away UEFA Cup 1st Round tie with PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv in September 2005.[10] In the 2005–06 season, O'Brien was called up by the first team following a defensive crisis of injuries[11] and that moment on, he became a first team regular, making thirty-three appearance in all competition.[12] Initially playing as a centre-midfielder, O'Brien changed to a right-back role and made an impression, leading to Manager Sam Allardyce described him as a "dominant force at right back in the Premiership".[13]

O'Brien missed most of the 2006–07 season due to a knee injury.[14] By October, O'Brien was expected to return from a pitch in a months time,[15] with a help from an American doctor Dr Frank Jarrell, a pioneer in the field of spinal reflex analysis.[16] However, his recovery was delayed for another 3–4 months, causing him to miss the rest of the season.[17] Having regained his fitness,[18] it wasn't until on 23 September 2007 when he made his return for Bolton, making his first start and playing the whole game, in a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.[19] Since making his return from injury, he played most of the 2007–08 season in his natural midfield role as opposed to the right back position which he had been in two years previous. Despite further injury concerns,[20][21][22] O'Brien went on to make 26 appearance in all competition.

In July 2008 he was given the number 8 shirt previously worn by Iván Campo and started well when he provided two assists against Stoke City[23] and Arsenal.[24] However, injuries restricted his appearances throughout the 2008–09 season.[25][26][27] O'Brien finished the season, making eight appearance in all competitions.

In the 2009-10 season, O'Brien appeared as an unused substitute three times to the first ten league matches to the season. However, he suffered a knee injury that required an operation for the second time in twelve months and made no appearance this season.[28] Despite this, he signed a one-year extension to his contract keeping him at Bolton Wanderers until the summer of 2011.[29] After making a recovery, O'Brien made his return in a pre-season friendly match against Charleston Battery and after the match, O'Brien stated when he returned to the first team, he determined to make up the lost time.[30] However, this never happened and it has been reported that O'Brien may need to be loaned out to gain first team football.[31]

On 24 March 2011, O'Brien joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan for a second time until the end of the season,[32] and made his debut two days later in a 1–1 draw at Dagenham & Redbridge.[33] After making four appearance for the club, O'Brien made four appearance for the club on his second return.[34] At the end of the season, he was released by Bolton Wanderers, ending his six years association with the club.[35]

West Ham United[edit]

O'Brien warming-up for West Ham United, February 2012.

In July 2011, O'Brien was handed a trial by West Ham United. He featured in pre-season friendlies against BSC Young Boys and Basel before being signed on 30 July on a free transfer, after penning a two-year contract.[36]

He made his competitive debut on 7 August 2011 in 1–0 home defeat to Cardiff City[37] and scored his first goal for West Ham in a 4–0 away win against Watford on 16 August 2011;[38] his first goal since January 2005.[39] O'Brien was sent off, for the first time in his career, in the away match against Reading on 10 December 2011.[40][41][42] Despite suffering from injuries during the season, O'Brien, nevertheless, went on to make thirty-three appearance in all competition and the club was promoted back to the Premier League.

In the 2012-13 season, O'Brien started well in the left-back position at the start of the season until he suffered a hamstring injury.[43] O'Brien set up the only goal for Kevin Nolan in the game two weeks after making his return, in a 1-0 win over Newcastle United,[44] which was followed by scoring his first-ever Premier League goal on 19 November 2012, which also earned his team a point against Stoke.[45] He then scored the winning goal in the New Year's Day fixture against Norwich City.[46] However, O'Brien suffered a hamstring injury[47] and while on the sidelined, O'Brien signed a new contract with West Ham United on 13 January 2013, keeping him until 2013.[48] Soon after signing a contract, O'Brien made his first appearance since returning from injury on 19 January 2013, in a 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers.[49] O'Brien went on to finish the 2012-13 season, making thirty-four appearance in all competitions.

In the 2013-14 season, O'Brien's appearance was restricted to seventeen appearance, due to substitute bench and injuries. After missing out two matches between 11 January 2014 and 18 January 2014, due to injury,[50] O'Brien made his return on 29 January 2014, making his first start and played the whole game, in a 0-0 draw against Chelsea.[51] However, despite playing 90 minutes, O'Brien suffered a dislocated shoulder after he "fell awkwardly following an off-the-ball push from Chelsea defender Gary Cahill" and was sidelined for three months.[52] Although he returned from an injury in late-April, O'Brien made his return in the last game of the season, playing as a right-back, in a 2-0 loss against Manchester City.[53]

In the 2014-15 season, O'Brien appeared in the first three matches to the start of the season until he suffered a knee injury during an international break.[54] After making his return from injury as an unused substitute against Burnley on 18 October 2014,[55] O'Brien struggled to regain back his first team place and spent most of the season on the substitute bench, due to good performance from Carl Jenkinson.

O'Brien walks out on the pitch before the game against Birkirkara in a Europa League.

Ahead of the 2015-16 season, O'Brien was expected to fight for his first team place under the new management of Slaven Bilić following the departure of Allardyce.[56] Though he appeared five times in the Europa League matches for West Ham United campaign, O'Brien, however, suffered a calf injury at the start of the season.[57][58] After returning from injury in late-October,[59] it wasn't until on 30 January 2016, O'Brien made his first appearance in the fourth round of the FA Cup, in a 0-0 against Liverpool.[60] O'Brien then made another appearance in the fourth round of the FA Cup replay against Liverpool, which saw West Ham United win 2-1.[61] However, following a game with a win over Liverpool, O'Brien, once again, suffered a hamstring injury that kept him for weeks and even after making his return, O'Brien never made an appearance throughout the 2015-16 season.[62]

He was released by West Ham at the end of his contract in June 2016.[63]

In August 2017, he was back in Bolton, training with Bolton Wanderers fitness coach Nick Allamby in order to keep fit.[64]

International career[edit]

In 2003, O'Brien was called by Republic of Ireland U17 and was involved in the tournament, resulting being awarded Player of the Tournament, due to his performance.[2] Two years later, O'Brien was called up by Republic of Ireland U21 and appeared in the squad six times.[65] Later in the year, he won FAI Under 19 International Player of the Year.

In February 2006, O'Brien was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time[66] and made his debut for his country on 1 March 2006,[67] against Sweden during Steve Staunton's first game in charge. Following a new appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni, O'Brien expressed frustration of being omitted by him that he was considered early retirement from international football.[68]

On 3 August 2012, O'Brien was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the 15 August friendly against Serbia, as a replacement for the injured Sean St Ledger. This was O'Brien's first call up in over four years, after overcoming a succession of long-term injuries.[69]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 9 February 2016[70]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bolton Wanderers 2004–05 Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06 Premier League 23 0 3 0 2 0 6 0 34 0
2006–07 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Premier League 19 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 26 0
2008–09 Premier League 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 50 0 4 0 5 0 11 0 70 0
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2004–05 League One 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
2010–11 League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 2
West Ham United 2011–12 Championship 32 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 1
2012–13 Premier League 33 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 34 2
2013–14 Premier League 17 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 20 0
2014–15 Premier League 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2015–16 Premier League 0 0 2 0 0 0 5[a] 0 7 0
Total 91 3 5 0 4 0 5 0 105 3
Career total 160 5 9 0 9 0 16 0 194 5
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Personal life[edit]

In May 2014, O'Brien married Joanne Martin, an Irish model, at St Augustin's Church on Thomas in Wicklow.[71]

In February 2016, O'Brien was among thirteen people to be named as a victim of fraud, committed by Stephen Ackerman.[72] A month after leaving West Ham United, O'Brien testified in court in Ackerman's trial.[73]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

West Ham United

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