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George O'Brien

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Position Striker
Born 22 Nov 1935, Dunfermline (Scotland)
Height 167 cm
Weight 68 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Dunfermline Athletic 01 Aug 1952 01 Mar 1957      
Leeds United 01 Mar 1957 01 Jul 1959 44 6 £6000
Southampton 01 Jul 1959 01 Mar 1966 244 154  
Leyton Orient 01 Mar 1966 01 Dec 1966 17 3  
Aldershot 01 Dec 1966 01 Jun 1968 41 8  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1956 - 1957 8  0  0  0  0 
1957 - 1958 193 0  0  0  0 
1958 - 1959 173 0  0  0  0 
Total 446 0  0  0  0 

Jabba's Comments

Scottish inside-forward who had a couple of seasons at Elland Road in the late 1950s. Signed by Raich Carter from Dunfermline, he never managed to translate his apparent skills on the training ground into on-field success - scoring just 6 goals in 44 games - but the manager persisted with him. When Leeds failed to renew Carter's contract, O'Brien's days were numbered. He proved the doubters at Leeds wrong with a highly successful spell at Southampton as they climbed up from Division 3 to the top flight, finally retiring from the professional game at the comparatively young age of 33 and stayed on the south coast.

Paddy Maxwell says: I am a big Southampton fan and George O'Brien was my favourite player in the sixties. He was quick and strong and had a tremendous shot. He played a big part in Saints' promotion to Div 1 in 1966. He was very unlucky not to win a Scottish cap.

Anon says: george was the landlord of the waterloo arms in southampton where i used to drink.he is now working as a taxi driver in southampton


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