Andy O'Brien

Date of birth29 June 1979
Place of birthHarrogate
NationalityIrish
Weight78 kg
Height1.91 m
PositionDefender/Centre back

O'Brien made his international debut for Ireland shortly after completing his move to Newcastle United.

A tenacious defender, O'Brien boosted his chances of taking part in the Japan and South Korea World Cup after enjoying a fantastic season with Newcastle United in the Premiership.

He learnt his central defensive trade with Bradford City where he made 150 senior appearances.

Whilst with the Valley Paraders, he played for England Under-21s against France in 1999.

The son of an Irish father, O'Brien decided to switch allegiance the following year when he appeared for the Republic's Under-21s against Sweden.

His full international debut duly arrived during the World Cup qualifying campaign, shortly after completing his £2million move to Newcastle United where he was signed by the former England boss, Sir Bobby Robson.

O'Brien's ability to give his opposing forwards little room to manoeuvre, as he is said to be 'all over them', he has earned the nickname of 'Rash'.

O'Brien joined Portsmouth in June 2005 with a four-year contract.

He joined Bolton Wanderers in August 2007 with a two-year contract that was extended to June 2011.

After a loan spell, O'Brien joined Leeds United in January 2011 with a contract to June 2013 but was made available for transfer in May 2012.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Bradford City 28 Oct 1996 19 Mar 2001
Newcastle United 19 Mar 2001 13 Jun 2005
Portsmouth 13 Jun 2005 13 Aug 2007
Bolton Wanderers 13 Aug 2007 01 Jan 2011
Leeds United 29 Oct 2010 31 Dec 2010 L
Leeds United 01 Jan 2011 02 Aug 2012
Vancouver Whitecaps 02 Aug 2012

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Bradford City FA Cup 2
1999-00 Bradford City FA Cup 2
1999-00 Bradford City League Cup 2
1999-00 Bradford City Premier League 36
1
2
2000-01 Bradford City FA Cup 1
2000-01 Bradford City Premier League 17
1
1
2000-01 Bradford City UEFA Intertoto Cup 4
2000-01 Newcastle United Premier League 9
1
2001-02 Newcastle United FA Cup 4
1
1
2001-02 Newcastle United League Cup 3
1
1
2001-02 Newcastle United Premier League 31
3
2
3
2001-02 Newcastle United UEFA Intertoto Cup
1
2002-03 Newcastle United FA Cup 1
2002-03 Newcastle United Premier League 26
1
2002-03 Newcastle United UEFA Champions League 11
1
2003-04 Newcastle United FA Cup 1
2003-04 Newcastle United Premier League 27
1
1
2
2
2003-04 Newcastle United UEFA Champions League 2
2
2003-04 Newcastle United UEFA Cup 10
1
1
2004-05 Newcastle United FA Cup 1
2
1
2004-05 Newcastle United League Cup 1
2004-05 Newcastle United Premier League 21
2
2
3
2004-05 Newcastle United UEFA Cup 9
2
1
2005-06 Portsmouth FA Cup 2
2005-06 Portsmouth League Cup 1
2005-06 Portsmouth Premier League 29
2006-07 Portsmouth League Cup 2
2006-07 Portsmouth Premier League 1
2
2007-08 Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 1
2007-08 Bolton Wanderers League Cup 1
2007-08 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 31
1
5
2007-08 Bolton Wanderers UEFA Cup 7
1
1
2008-09 Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 1
2008-09 Bolton Wanderers League Cup
1
2008-09 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 30
4
1
5
2009-10 Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 2
1
2009-10 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 6
2010-11 Bolton Wanderers League Cup 1
2010-11 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 1
1
2010-11 Leeds United FA Cup 2
2010-11 Leeds United League Championship 30
2
6
2011-12 Leeds United League Championship 2
2
1
2011-12 Leeds United League Cup 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
25 Jan 1997 Everton v Bradford City W 2-3 FA Cup 4th round
16 Feb 1997 Bradford City v Sheffield Wednesday L 0-1 FA Cup 5th round
07 Aug 1999 Middlesbrough v Bradford City W 0-1 Premier League
25 Aug 1999 Arsenal v Bradford City L 2-0 Premier League
28 Aug 1999 Bradford City v West Ham United L 0-3 Premier League
12 Sep 1999 Bradford City v Tottenham Hotspur D 1-1 Premier League
18 Sep 1999 Aston Villa v Bradford City L 1-0 Premier League
22 Sep 1999 Reading v Bradford City D 2-2
Agg: 3-3
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
25 Sep 1999 Derby County v Bradford City W 0-1 Premier League
02 Oct 1999 Bradford City v Sunderland L 0-4 Premier League
12 Oct 1999 Bradford City v Barnsley L 2-3 League Cup 3rd round
16 Oct 1999 Wimbledon v Bradford City L 3-2 Premier League
23 Oct 1999 Bradford City v Leicester City W 3-1 Premier League
01 Nov 1999 Liverpool v Bradford City L 3-1 Premier League
06 Nov 1999 Bradford City v Coventry City D 1-1 Premier League
20 Nov 1999 Leeds United v Bradford City L 2-1 Premier League
28 Nov 1999 Chelsea v Bradford City L 1-0 Premier League
04 Dec 1999 Bradford City v Middlesbrough D 1-1 Premier League
11 Dec 1999 Crewe Alexandra v Bradford City W 1-2 FA Cup 3rd round
18 Dec 1999 Bradford City v Newcastle United W 2-0 Premier League
26 Dec 1999 Manchester United v Bradford City L 4-0 Premier League
28 Dec 1999 Bradford City v Everton D 0-0 Premier League
03 Jan 2000 Southampton v Bradford City L 1-0 Premier League
08 Jan 2000 Bradford City v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
11 Jan 2000 Gillingham v Bradford City L 3-1 FA Cup 4th round
15 Jan 2000 Sheffield Wednesday v Bradford City L 2-0 Premier League
22 Jan 2000 Bradford City v Watford W 3-2 Premier League
05 Feb 2000 Bradford City v Arsenal W 2-1 Premier League
12 Feb 2000 West Ham United v Bradford City L 5-4 Premier League
26 Feb 2000 Bradford City v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
04 Mar 2000 Tottenham Hotspur v Bradford City D 1-1 Premier League
12 Mar 2000 Bradford City v Leeds United L 1-2 Premier League
18 Mar 2000 Coventry City v Bradford City L 4-0 Premier League
25 Mar 2000 Bradford City v Manchester United L 0-4 Premier League
01 Apr 2000 Newcastle United v Bradford City L 2-0 Premier League
08 Apr 2000 Bradford City v Southampton L 1-2 Premier League
15 Apr 2000 Everton v Bradford City L 4-0 Premier League
21 Apr 2000 Bradford City v Derby County D 4-4 Premier League
24 Apr 2000 Sunderland v Bradford City W 0-1 Premier League
30 Apr 2000 Bradford City v Wimbledon W 3-0 Premier League
06 May 2000 Leicester City v Bradford City L 3-0 Premier League
14 May 2000 Bradford City v Liverpool W 1-0 Premier League
09 Jul 2000 Bradford City v FK Atlantas W 4-1
Agg: 7-2
Intertoto Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
22 Jul 2000 RKC Waalwijk v Bradford City W 0-1 Intertoto Cup 3rd round
26 Jul 2000 Zenit St Petersburg v Bradford City L 1-0 Intertoto Cup Semi-final 1st leg
02 Aug 2000 Bradford City v Zenit St Petersburg L 0-3
Agg: 0-4
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
19 Aug 2000 Liverpool v Bradford City L 1-0 Premier League
22 Aug 2000 Bradford City v Chelsea W 2-0 Premier League
26 Aug 2000 Bradford City v Leicester City D 0-0 Premier League
18 Nov 2000 Derby County v Bradford City L 2-0 Premier League
25 Nov 2000 Middlesbrough v Bradford City D 2-2 Premier League
02 Dec 2000 Bradford City v Coventry City W 2-1 Premier League
09 Dec 2000 Bradford City v Tottenham Hotspur D 3-3 Premier League
16 Dec 2000 Newcastle United v Bradford City L 2-1 Premier League
23 Dec 2000 Chelsea v Bradford City L 3-0 Premier League
26 Dec 2000 Bradford City v Sunderland L 1-4 Premier League
01 Jan 2001 Leicester City v Bradford City W 1-2 Premier League
08 Jan 2001 Bradford City v Middlesbrough L 0-1 FA Cup 3rd round
13 Jan 2001 Bradford City v Manchester United L 0-3 Premier League
21 Jan 2001 Sunderland v Bradford City D 0-0 Premier League
30 Jan 2001 Arsenal v Bradford City L 2-0 Premier League
03 Feb 2001 Bradford City v Aston Villa L 0-3 Premier League
10 Feb 2001 Southampton v Bradford City L 2-0 Premier League
24 Feb 2001 Bradford City v West Ham United L 1-2 Premier League
04 Mar 2001 Ipswich Town v Bradford City L 3-1 Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1992-93 Republic of Ireland UEFA Under-18 1
1
1996-97 England Under-18 1
1998-99 England Under-21 1
1998-99 Republic of Ireland Under-21 1
1999-00 Republic of Ireland UEFA Under-21 4
1999-00 Republic of Ireland Under-21 1
2000-01 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup
1
2000-01 Republic of Ireland UEFA Under-21 2
1
2001-02 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup
1
2001-02 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2
1
2002-03 Republic of Ireland International Friendly
1
2003-04 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 4
2
2003-04 Republic of Ireland Unity Cup 1
2004-05 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 6
1
1
2004-05 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1
1
1
2005-06 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1
1
2006-07 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1
2006-07 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
29 Sep 1992 Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland W 2-3 UEFA U18 Group 11
18 Feb 1997 England v Scotland W 4-1 U18
09 Feb 1999 England v France W 2-1 Under-21
27 Apr 1999 Republic of Ireland v Sweden L 0-3 U21
31 Aug 1999 Republic of Ireland v Yugoslavia L 0-2 UEFA U21 Group 8
03 Sep 1999 Croatia v Republic of Ireland L 5-1 UEFA U21 Group 8
07 Sep 1999 Malta v Republic of Ireland W 1-3 UEFA U21 Group 8
08 Oct 1999 FYR Macedonia v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 UEFA U21 Group 8
22 Feb 2000 Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic L 1-2 U21
23 Mar 2001 Cyprus v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 UEFA U21 Group 2
01 Jun 2001 Republic of Ireland v Portugal L 0-1 UEFA U21 Group 2
06 Jun 2001 Estonia v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Aug 2001 Republic of Ireland v Croatia D 2-2 International Friendly
01 Sep 2001 Republic of Ireland v Netherlands W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
13 Feb 2002 Republic of Ireland v Russia W 2-0 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Republic of Ireland v USA W 2-1 International Friendly
12 Feb 2003 Scotland v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 International Friendly
19 Aug 2003 Republic of Ireland v Australia W 2-1 International Friendly
09 Sep 2003 Republic of Ireland v Turkey D 2-2 International Friendly
18 Feb 2004 Republic of Ireland v Brazil D 0-0 International Friendly
28 Apr 2004 Poland v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 International Friendly
27 May 2004 Republic of Ireland v Romania W 1-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 2004 Jamaica v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 UNITY CUP
05 Jun 2004 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 International Friendly
04 Sep 2004 Republic of Ireland v Cyprus W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
08 Sep 2004 Switzerland v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
09 Oct 2004 France v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
13 Oct 2004 Republic of Ireland v Faroe Islands W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
10 Feb 2005 Republic of Ireland v Portugal W 1-0 International Friendly
26 Mar 2005 Israel v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
29 Mar 2005 Republic of Ireland v China PR W 1-0 International Friendly
04 Jun 2005 Republic of Ireland v Israel D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
17 Aug 2005 Republic of Ireland v Italy L 1-2 International Friendly
01 Mar 2006 Republic of Ireland v Sweden W 3-0 International Friendly
16 Aug 2006 Republic of Ireland v Netherlands L 0-4 International Friendly
02 Sep 2006 Germany v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group D
07 Oct 2006 Cyprus v Republic of Ireland L 5-2 UEFA European Championship Group D


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.