Kevin O'Connor (footballer born 1985)
- This article is about the Irish footballer. For the English footballer of the same name currently with Brentford, see here.
|Full name||Kevin O'Connor|
|Date of birth||19 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Current club||Bray Wanderers|
|2006||→ Stockport County (loan)||7||(1)|
|2010||AFC Telford United|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
O'Connor began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers' Youth Academy and became a regular in the reserve team. He was never considered for the first team under Glenn Hoddle, and he instead joined League Two Stockport County on loan in March 2006, making seven appearances and scoring one goal. His league debut came on 8 April when he appeared as a substitute in a 3–3 draw at Cheltenham Town.
The appointment of Mick McCarthy as manager saw him promoted to the first team, making his senior debut for Wolves on 5 August 2006 at Plymouth Argyle, where he created Wolves' equaliser when his shot was deflected in to earn a 1–1 draw (later credited as an own-goal by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe). However, after playing in the opening three games, his season was ended by a long-term hamstring injury.
He was approaching fitness by the start of the 2007–08 season and given another one year contract, as Wolves lined up a loan move to Gillingham for him; which he later rejected after becoming a father due to the long travelling distance. However, his hamstring problems again soon flared up and he spent the season again on the sidelines after having surgery in November 2007.
Move into non-League
On 18 January 2010, O'Connor signed for Conference North team AFC Telford United, after having trained them for three weeks to regain fitness.
Return to Ireland
In June 2012 O'Connor returned to his homeland when he signed for Bray Wanderers where he linked up with his brother Danny O'Connor already a key member of Pat Devlin and Keith Long's Wanderers squad.
O'Connor has been recognised by his country, being selected for Republic of Ireland Under-18, Under-20 and Under-21 squads.
- "Wolves have end-of-term clear-out". BBC Sport. 2008-05-09.
- "New face at Vale Park". Port Vale official site. 2008-09-11.
- "Patience proves to be City virtue". Worcester News. 8 June 2010.
- "Worcester City retain captain Ryan Clarke". BBC Sport. 5 May 2011.
- "City skipper going back home". Worcester News. 10 June 2012.