John O'Hare

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John O'Hare
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-09-24) 24 September 1946 (age 70)
Place of birth Renton, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1967 Sunderland 51 (14)
1967 Vancouver Royal Canadians 11 (1)
1967–1974 Derby County 248 (65)
1974–1975 Leeds United 6 (1)
1975–1981 Nottingham Forest 101 (14)
1977–1978 Dallas Tornado 40 (14)
Belper Town ? (?)
Total 417 (95)
National team
1970–1972 Scotland 13 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John O'Hare (born 24 September 1946) is a Scottish former footballer. His clubs included Sunderland, Derby County and also Nottingham Forest and was part of their European Cup victory in 1980, coming on as a substitute in the final. He also won thirteen caps for the Scotland national team, scoring five goals.


O'Hare was born in Renton. His career took shape under the guidance of Derby manager Brian Clough after moving from Sunderland for £20,000 in 1967. There was initial criticism of him as he was seen as a large but slow forward. However, Clough persisted with him and in his second season he justified his fee, going on to establish a prolific partnership with Kevin Hector as they led Derby to the First Division title in 1972.

O'Hare followed Clough to Leeds United in 1974, however the latter left Leeds after only 44 days in the job. O'Hare was reunited with Clough after a transfer to Nottingham Forest in February 1975. He and John McGovern were signed for a combined £130,000.[1] O'Hare went on to win another league title and a European Cup.

He won thirteen caps for the Scotland national team, scoring five goals.

In 1977–78 O'Hare played football in the North American Soccer League for Dallas Tornado; he made 40 appearances and scored 14 goals.

O'Hare is currently a part-time chauffeur for Toyota and is a host of the executive/VIP guest suite at Nottingham Forest's home games.


Derby County
Nottingham Forest


  1. ^ Bean, John (20 February 1975). "Clough gets double deal". Daily Mirror. p. 31. 

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