Signed by Brian Clough along with John McGovern, O'Hare already
had a League Championship medal when he came to Elland Road but
with Joe Jordan as the first choice centre-forward and O'Hare seen
as Clough's man (and therefore not exactly popular with the fans)
he spent a miserable season with Leeds before going on to rejoin
Clough at Forest, where he picked up another League Championship
medal, a European Cup gong and a League Cup winners medal in 1978.
He had a brief spell in the NASL with Dallas before dropping out of
the professional game, and playing and managing a variety of
non-league sides in the Midlands.
Archie Thomson says: John O'Hare came from my village and he
used to come home regularly in the Sixties and guest for the local
amatuer side - the Black Angels - in the Hood Cup. That's if he
could get a game under an alias of course.
Kieran Gallacher says: John O'Hare is my grans brother and
although i am only ten he is my hero as there are not many scottish
football players who have won the european cup.
Ryan Kell says: John O'Hare is my gran's brother. I am proud of
him because he played for Scotland 13 caps and played when Kenny
Dalglish first cap. He is now a scout for Glasgow Celtic
Tim Cannell says: Is Alan O'Hare his son ?
"Ben Dover" says: no he is not his son dont u know anything
John O'Hare says: I'a Man U fan but I loved watching John O'Hare
play...such a cool head under pressure, his quick vision and skills
to back it up made him one of the best all rounders in the game
during sixties era perhaps becuase he wasn't one of the 60's glam
boys his reputation is somewhat under rated, but let's face his
achievements are dreamed of by most pro footballers!!!I remember a
game at Old trafford United v Derby,(wish I could remember the
date) he was magnificient,(had United in all sorts of trouble) he
played a similar game then to Paul Scholsey's game now. If anyone
else out there was at that match, I'd love some match facts and
your reminisences...I was there with my dad John O'Hare and my
uncle theentertainer Pat O'Hare as guests of Sandy Busby, Sir
Alex Dennett Says: I grew up with John (Solly)O'Hare in the
Renton where everyone kicked a ball. I left for the USA in 1964 and
that was about the time Solly was taking off on his Pro career. He
was a classic player then, it's only a pity he played for St.
Martins and not the Renton Public. I'm glad to now by reading the
items on this page just how succccessfull Solly was.
John Law says: Fanny O'Donnell his teacher said he was the only
person in St.Martins who could play football. He certainly was head
and shoulders above the rest. Kids now-a-days would have called him
John Michael O'Hare says: I remember very clearly being an eight
year old schoolboy shut away in stoney silence for a month after my
namesake scored the winner in the 1978 League Cup Final for Forest.
Not good when he had to do it against Liverpool and I attended a
99.9% Anfield supporting primary!! .. Secretly chuffed though
sheiloblige says: i think ben dover is just being a little s***e
. i live in renton and have been told of johns talents. and
bendover is just a bit jealous pooh hoo BENDOVER
Craig Gallagher says: John O'Hare is my grans brother and he is
very proud of his country and I am every bit as proud of him as all
you people who are proud of him although I am only ten and he is a
John O'Hare says: I was at the Derby v Manchester United game
and saw my namesake play a good game. Where is he now?
Owen McDevitt says: Hi I was at St Patricks School Dumbarton
with "solly" he played for the school and we were friendly. after
he went south to Sunderland, aged only I think 16yrs, he would come
back to see his parents in the Renton.I would occasionally meet him
at the local dance spots. he was a truly nice person. he was in the
record front page when he made his debut for Sunderland which was
managed by another Scot Ian McColl.
john mclaughlin says: when st.pats was closing down they had a
history of the school in the assembly hall and showed the medals of
2 former pupils solly and evan williams who had between them 3
european cup medals both of them are relations of mine
Dumbarton fan says: I like John Mclaughlin am a relation of the
two greatest footballers to come out of St Patricks High School in
Dumbarton and could not be more proud. People forget how many
medals and European appearances both John and Evan have between
them. Far more than many players of today. John was the most
sucessful player fom this area and Evan the most sucessful goalie
and we as a community don't give them enough credit.