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Steve O'Shaughnessy (footballer)

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Steve O'Shaughnessy
Personal information
Full name Stephen O'Shaughnessy[1]
Date of birth (1967-10-13) 13 October 1967 (age 56)[1]
Place of birth Wrexham,[1] Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder, centre-back
Youth career
Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Leeds United 0 (0)
1987–1988 Bradford City 1 (0)
1988–1991 Rochdale 109 (16)
1991–1992 Exeter City 3 (0)
1992–1994 Darlington 88 (2)
1994–1995 Hong Kong Rangers ? (0)
1995 Inter Cardiff 2 (1)
1995 Barry Town 7 (1)
1995–1996 Stalybridge Celtic 43 (2)
1996–1997 Holywell Town 18 (2)
1997 Caernarfon Town 8 (0)
1997–1998 Rhyl 36 (4)
1998 The New Saints 7 (2)
1998–1999 Bangor City 14 (0)
1999–2001 Oswestry Town 25 (4)
2001–2004 Cefn Druids 36 (0)
2004 Gresford Athletic 2 (0)
Managerial career
1999–2001 Oswestry Town (player-manager)
2001–2004 Cefn Druids (player-manager)
2006–2008 Caernarfon Town
2008–2009 Connah's Quay Nomads
2016–2022 Airbus UK Broughton
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Stephen O'Shaughnessy (born 13 October 1967[3]) is a Welsh former professional footballer who was most recently manager of Airbus UK Broughton. As a player, he made more than 200 appearances in the Football League.

O'Shaughnessy or "Shaughssa" as he is affectionately known was born in Wrexham[3] and started his career as an apprentice at Leeds United, before moving onto Bradford City, where he made one league appearance.[3]

In 1988, O'Shaughnessy was signed by former Leeds United midfielder and manager Eddie Gray for Rochdale. In three seasons at Spotland, O'Shaughnessy enjoyed arguably the most successful spell in his career scoring 16 goals in 109 League appearances[3] and reaching the 5th Round of the 1990 FA Cup . During this time, O'Shaughnessy earned the nickname the "Master Blaster" for his skill at taking long distance free-kicks.

In July 1991, O'Shaughnessy joined Exeter City for £10,000. After a disappointing three-game spell at St James Park[3] under 1966 FIFA World Cup winner Alan Ball, which saw him sent off at Huddersfield Town, O'Shaughnessy joined Darlington in January 1992.

In 88 League appearances for the Quakers,[3] Steve became team captain before being released at the end of the 1993–94 season, with his final Football League appearance coming on 7 May 1994 against Bury.[4]

After this, Steve went to a roundabout of clubs, including Stalybridge Celtic and Buler Rangers in Hong Kong, before returning to play in the League of Wales.

In 153 League of Wales appearances, O'Shaughnessy played for Inter Cardiff, Barry Town, Holywell Town, Rhyl, Caernarfon Town, T.N.S. Llansantfraid, Bangor City, Oswestry Town and NEWI Cefn Druids.

In 1999, O'Shaughnessy was appointed player-manager of Oswestry Town.[5]

On 27 September 2006, O'Shaughnessy was named as the new manager of Caernarfon Town.[citation needed]

In June 2008, O'Shaughnessy left Caernarfon Town and joined Connah's Quay Nomads as manager, but left the club after one season in charge.[6]

After serving as assistant, he was appointed as manager of Airbus UK Broughton in November 2016.[7] On 24 September 2022, Steve O'Shaughnessy, left Airbus UK Broughton by mutual agreement. [8]


  1. ^ a b c "Steve O'Shaughnessy". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  2. ^ Dunk, Peter, ed. (1987). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1987–88. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-356-14354-5.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Steve O'Shaughnessy at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Transfer Database
  4. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed. (1994). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1994–95. Headline. ISBN 0-7472-7857-1.
  5. ^ "Oswestry Town Managers". tnsfc.co.uk. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  6. ^ "O'Shaughnessy leaves Nomads and Hackett returns". Welsh Premier League. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Steve O'Shaughnessy". Airbus UK F.C. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Club Statement- Steve O'Shaughnessy".