Richard O'Donnell

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Richard O'Donnell
Richard O'Donnell 27-08-2016 1.jpg
O'Donnell playing for Bristol City in 2016
Personal information
Full name Richard Mark O'Donnell[1]
Date of birth (1988-09-12) 12 September 1988 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
Number 18
Youth career
0000–2006 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2012 Sheffield Wednesday 15 (0)
2007 York City (loan) 0 (0)
2007–2008 Buxton (loan) 2 (0)
2008 Rotherham United (loan) 0 (0)
2008 Oldham Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Grimsby Town (loan) 10 (0)
2011 Alfreton Town (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Macclesfield Town (loan) 11 (0)
2012–2013 Chesterfield 14 (0)
2013 Stockport County (loan) 20 (0)
2013–2015 Walsall 90 (0)
2015–2016 Wigan Athletic 10 (0)
2016 Bristol City (loan) 4 (0)
2016–2017 Bristol City 25 (0)
2017– Rotherham United 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:25, 16 February 2017 (UTC).

Richard Mark O'Donnell (born 12 September 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship club Rotherham United.

Having started his career with Sheffield Wednesday's youth system, O'Donnell progressed to the first team where he was largely used as an understudy goalkeeper. He played 20 times for Wednesday between 2006 and 2012, earning a significant amount of first-team appearances elsewhere as he spent time on loan with York City, Buxton, Rotherham United, Oldham Athletic, Grimsby Town, Alfreton Town and Macclesfield Town. He was released in the summer of 2012 and joined Chesterfield. In 2013, following limited first-team appearances, he signed a one-year contract at Walsall.

Career[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

O'Donnell training with Sheffield Wednesday in 2007

Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, O'Donnell started his career with Sheffield Wednesday's youth system.[1] He was called up to first team at the start of the 2006–07 season and was an unused substitute for the League Cup match against Wrexham as back-up for Chris Adamson.[2] O'Donnell joined Conference National club York City on 2 March 2007 on a work experience arrangement.[3] He was recalled by Wednesday later that month, to provide cover injuries.[4]

O'Donnell signed his first professional contract with Wednesday in June 2007.[5] He joined Buxton of the Northern Premier League Premier Division on a one-month loan in December 2007,[6] where he made two appearances.[7] He joined League Two club Rotherham United on 8 January 2008 on a three-month loan, as back-up for Andy Warrington,[8] but was recalled before the end of the deal as back-up to Wednesday's two first choice goalkeepers.[9] O'Donnell was then loaned to League One club Oldham Athletic on 14 March 2008 on an emergency seven-day loan.[10] He made his Football League debut the following day at the age of 19 in a match against Luton Town.[11]

He joined Conference Premier club Grimsby Town on 31 August 2010 on a one-month loan.[12] He made his debut on 4 September 2010 against Luton, Grimsby winning 2–0 at home.[13] On 4 February 2011, he joined Alfreton Town on a one-month loan.[14] He made his debut for Wednesday in a 2–0 defeat away to Southampton on 19 March 2011.[15] On 15 May 2012, O'Donnell was amongst the six first-team players to be released by Wednesday.[16]

Chesterfield[edit]

Days after his release, O'Donnell signed for Chesterfield on 16 May 2012 on a one-year contract.[17] After appearing as an unused substitute in the first five matches, he made his debut on 4 September 2012 as an 89th-minute substitute for Tommy Lee in a 2–1 home win over Chesterfield.[18] O'Donnell made his first start four days later, in a 2–2 away draw against York on 8 September 2012.[19] He appeared in the following 14 matches, mainly due to the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Tommy Lee, who was out for eight weeks.[citation needed] After Lee recovered and returned to the first team, O'Donnell was once again the club's back-up goalkeeper.[citation needed]

On 14 January 2013, O'Donnell joined Conference Premier club Stockport County on a one-month loan.[20] O'Donnell had his loan spell extended with the club until 16 April 2013.[21] While at Stockport, he made 20 appearances and established himself as first choice goalkeeper, but the club was relegated to the Conference North.[22] In the last match of the season, O'Donnell made his first Chesterfield appearance in over six months, a 4–0 home victory over Exeter City.[19]

He was released at the end of that one-year contract in April 2013 following limited first-team opportunities.[23]

Walsall[edit]

Following his release from Chesterfield, O'Donnell signed a one-year contract with League One club Walsall on 18 July 2013.[24] He was voted as their Player of the Year in 2014–15.[25]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 22 May 2015, O'Donnell signed a three-year contract with League One club Wigan Athletic.[26]

Bristol City[edit]

After losing his place to Jussi Jääskeläinen in the Wigan team, he joined Championship club Bristol City on 12 January 2016 on loan until the end of 2015–16 as cover for the injured Frank Fielding.[27] He went straight into the team against Preston North End on the same day, in a 2–1 home defeat.[28] After impressing head coach Lee Johnson, he signed permanently on 1 February 2016 for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year contract.[29]

Rotherham United[edit]

On 19 January 2017, he re-signed for Championship club Rotherham United on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 February 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield Wednesday 2006–07[31] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08[11] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[32] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[33] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[15] League One 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2011–12[34] League One 6 0 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 11 0
Total 15 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 20 0
York City (loan) 2006–07[35] Conference National 0 0 0 0
Buxton (loan) 2007–08[7] NPL Premier Division 2 0 2 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2007–08[11] League Two 0 0 0 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2007–08[11] League One 4 0 4 0
Grimsby Town (loan) 2010–11[36] Conference Premier 10 0 10 0
Alfreton Town (loan) 2010–11[37] Conference North 0 0 0 0
Macclesfield Town (loan) 2011–12[34] League Two 11 0 11 0
Chesterfield 2012–13[19] League Two 14 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 17 0
Stockport County (loan) 2012–13[38] Conference Premier 20 0 20 0
Walsall 2013–14[39] League One 46 0 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 51 0
2014–15[40] League One 44 0 2 0 2 0 6[a] 0 54 0
Total 90 0 4 0 4 0 7 0 105 0
Wigan Athletic 2015–16[41] League One 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Bristol City 2015–16[41] Championship 21 0 21 0
2016–17[42] Championship 8 0 1 0 2 0 11 0
Total 29 0 1 0 2 0 32 0
Rotherham United 2016–17[42] Championship 6 0 6 0
Career total 211 0 9 0 9 0 10 0 239 0
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Grimsby Town agree Richard O'Donnell loan deal". BBC Sport. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Grimsby Town pass live television audition with victory over Luton". Grimsby Telegraph. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Reds keeper set to make debut against Stags". Nottingham Post. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
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  16. ^ "Owls release six". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 15 May 2012. Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. 
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  20. ^ "Stockport sign Chesterfield keeper Richard O'Donnell on loan". BBC Sport. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Chesterfield keeper O'Donnell's loan at Stockport County extended". Chesterfield Post. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
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  23. ^ "Farewell to seven players". Chesterfield F.C. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  24. ^ Poole, Andrew (18 July 2013). "Saddlers secure 'keeper". Walsall F.C. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  25. ^ a b "O'Donnell is Walsall's Player of the Season". Express & Star. Wolverhampton. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  26. ^ "Richard O'Donnell: Wigan Athletic sign Walsall goalkeeper". BBC Sport. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "Richard O'Donnell: Bristol City sign Wigan Athletic keeper on loan". BBC Sport. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  28. ^ "Report: Bristol City 1–2 Preston North End". Bristol Sport. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  29. ^ "Richard O'Donnell: Bristol City sign Wigan Athletic goalkeeper". BBC Sport. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  30. ^ "Richard O'Donnell: Rotherham sign Bristol City goalkeeper for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
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  32. ^ "Games played by Richard O'Donnell in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
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  34. ^ a b "Games played by Richard O'Donnell in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
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  36. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 88–89. ISBN 978-1-869833-70-1. 
  37. ^ Williams; Williams (eds.). Non-League Club Directory 2012. pp. 28–29. 
  38. ^ "R. O'Donnell". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Richard O'Donnell in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Richard O'Donnell in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  41. ^ a b "Games played by Richard O'Donnell in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  42. ^ a b "Games played by Richard O'Donnell in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 

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