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Eddie O'Hara (footballer, born 1927)

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Edward Patrick O'Hara (22 February 1927 – 8 March 1987) was an Irish professional footballer who played in the English Football League for Birmingham City.[1]

Eddie O'Hara
Personal information
Full name Edward Patrick O'Hara
Date of birth (1927-02-22)22 February 1927
Place of birth Dalkey, Ireland
Date of death 8 March 1987(1987-03-08) (aged 60)
Playing position Outside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
194?–1949 Dundalk
1949–1951 Birmingham City 6 (0)
1951–19?? Hereford United
Sligo Rovers
Drumcondra
Lockheed Leamington
Hereford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

O'Hara was born in Dalkey, which was then in County Dublin. An outside left, he played for Dundalk in the League of Ireland alongside Jim Higgins,[2] before the pair joined Birmingham City in 1949.[3] Both players went straight into the starting eleven, making their First Division debuts on 19 November 1949 in a 1–1 draw at home to Fulham. There was strong competition for places on the wing, from Johnny Berry, Harold Roberts and Jackie Stewart among others. O'Hara played only once more that season, and four times in the Second Division in 1951,[4] before moving on to non-league club Hereford United. He then returned to Ireland to play for Sligo Rovers and Drumcondra before coming back to England with Lockheed Leamington and a second spell with Hereford United.[3]

O'Hara died in 1987 at the age of 60.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Birmingham City : 1946/47–2007/08". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  2. ^ "1940s". Dundalk F.C. Retrieved 21 April 2009.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  4. ^ Matthews, pp. 185–86.