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
31 Mar 2001 Bradford City v Newcastle United D 2-2 Premier League
14 Apr 2001 Ipswich Town v Newcastle United L 1-0 Premier League
16 Apr 2001 Newcastle United v West Ham United W 2-1 Premier League
21 Apr 2001 Sunderland v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
28 Apr 2001 Newcastle United v Leicester City W 1-0 Premier League
01 May 2001 Newcastle United v Southampton D 1-1 Premier League
05 May 2001 Liverpool v Newcastle United L 3-0 Premier League
15 May 2001 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
19 May 2001 Newcastle United v Aston Villa W 3-0 Premier League
19 Aug 2001 Chelsea v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
21 Aug 2001 Newcastle United v Troyes D 4-4
Agg: 4-4
Intertoto Cup Final 2nd leg
26 Aug 2001 Newcastle United v Sunderland D 1-1 Premier League
08 Sep 2001 Middlesbrough v Newcastle United W 1-4 Premier League
12 Sep 2001 Newcastle United v Brentford W 4-1 League Cup 2nd round
15 Sep 2001 Newcastle United v Manchester United W 4-3 Premier League
23 Sep 2001 West Ham United v Newcastle United L 3-0 Premier League
26 Sep 2001 Newcastle United v Leicester City W 1-0 Premier League
30 Sep 2001 Newcastle United v Liverpool L 0-2 Premier League
09 Oct 2001 Barnsley v Newcastle United W 0-1 League Cup 3rd round
13 Oct 2001 Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United W 0-4 Premier League
21 Oct 2001 Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur L 0-2 Premier League
27 Oct 2001 Everton v Newcastle United W 1-3 Premier League
03 Nov 2001 Newcastle United v Aston Villa W 3-0 Premier League
17 Nov 2001 Fulham v Newcastle United L 3-1 Premier League
24 Nov 2001 Newcastle United v Derby County W 1-0 Premier League
27 Nov 2001 Newcastle United v Ipswich Town W 4-1 League Cup 4th round
01 Dec 2001 Charlton Athletic v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
09 Dec 2001 Ipswich Town v Newcastle United W 0-1 Premier League
12 Dec 2001 Chelsea v Newcastle United L 1-0 League Cup Quarter-final
15 Dec 2001 Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers W 2-1 Premier League
18 Dec 2001 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 1-3 Premier League
22 Dec 2001 Leeds United v Newcastle United W 3-4 Premier League
26 Dec 2001 Newcastle United v Middlesbrough W 3-0 Premier League
29 Dec 2001 Newcastle United v Chelsea L 1-2 Premier League
05 Jan 2002 Newcastle United v Crystal Palace W 2-0 FA Cup 3rd round
12 Jan 2002 Newcastle United v Leeds United W 3-1 Premier League
27 Jan 2002 Peterborough United v Newcastle United W 2-4 FA Cup 4th round
30 Jan 2002 Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United W 1-3 Premier League
02 Feb 2002 Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers W 3-2 Premier League
09 Feb 2002 Newcastle United v Southampton W 3-1 Premier League
17 Feb 2002 Newcastle United v Manchester City W 1-0 FA Cup 5th round
24 Feb 2002 Sunderland v Newcastle United W 0-1 Premier League
02 Mar 2002 Newcastle United v Arsenal L 0-2 Premier League
06 Mar 2002 Liverpool v Newcastle United L 3-0 Premier League
09 Mar 2002 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 1-1 FA Cup Quarter-final
16 Mar 2002 Newcastle United v Ipswich Town D 2-2 Premier League
23 Mar 2002 Arsenal v Newcastle United L 3-0 FA Cup Quarter-final
29 Mar 2002 Newcastle United v Everton W 6-2 Premier League
02 Apr 2002 Aston Villa v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
08 Apr 2002 Newcastle United v Fulham D 1-1 Premier League
13 Apr 2002 Derby County v Newcastle United W 2-3 Premier League
20 Apr 2002 Newcastle United v Charlton Athletic W 3-0 Premier League
27 Apr 2002 Newcastle United v West Ham United W 3-1 Premier League
28 Aug 2002 Newcastle United v Zeljeznicar Sarajevo W 4-0
Agg: 5-0
UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round 2nd leg
11 Sep 2002 Newcastle United v Leeds United L 0-2 Premier League
14 Sep 2002 Chelsea v Newcastle United L 3-0 Premier League
18 Sep 2002 Dynamo Kiev v Newcastle United L 2-0 UEFA Champions League Group E
21 Sep 2002 Newcastle United v Sunderland W 2-0 Premier League
24 Sep 2002 Newcastle United v Feyenoord L 0-1 UEFA Champions League Group E
28 Sep 2002 Birmingham City v Newcastle United W 0-2 Premier League
01 Oct 2002 Juventus v Newcastle United L 2-0 UEFA Champions League Group E
05 Oct 2002 Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion W 2-1 Premier League
19 Oct 2002 Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United L 5-2 Premier League
23 Oct 2002 Newcastle United v Juventus W 1-0 UEFA Champions League Group E
26 Oct 2002 Newcastle United v Charlton Athletic W 2-1 Premier League
29 Oct 2002 Newcastle United v Dynamo Kiev W 2-1 UEFA Champions League Group E
09 Nov 2002 Arsenal v Newcastle United L 1-0 Premier League
13 Nov 2002 Feyenoord v Newcastle United W 2-3 UEFA Champions League Group E
16 Nov 2002 Newcastle United v Southampton W 2-1 Premier League
23 Nov 2002 Manchester United v Newcastle United L 5-3 Premier League
27 Nov 2002 Newcastle United v Inter Milano L 1-4 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
01 Dec 2002 Newcastle United v Everton W 2-1 Premier League
07 Dec 2002 Aston Villa v Newcastle United W 0-1 Premier League
11 Dec 2002 Barcelona v Newcastle United L 3-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
14 Dec 2002 Southampton v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
21 Dec 2002 Newcastle United v Fulham W 2-0 Premier League
26 Dec 2002 Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United L 4-3 Premier League
29 Dec 2002 Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur W 2-1 Premier League
01 Jan 2003 Newcastle United v Liverpool W 1-0 Premier League
05 Jan 2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United L 3-2 FA Cup 3rd round
29 Jan 2003 Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United W 0-1 Premier League
09 Feb 2003 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
18 Feb 2003 Bayer Leverkusen v Newcastle United W 1-3 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
22 Feb 2003 Leeds United v Newcastle United W 0-3 Premier League
01 Mar 2003 Newcastle United v Chelsea W 2-1 Premier League
11 Mar 2003 Inter Milano v Newcastle United D 2-2 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
19 Mar 2003 Newcastle United v Barcelona L 0-2 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group A
06 Apr 2003 Everton v Newcastle United L 2-1 Premier League
19 Apr 2003 Fulham v Newcastle United L 2-1 Premier League
21 Apr 2003 Newcastle United v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
26 Apr 2003 Sunderland v Newcastle United W 0-1 Premier League
11 May 2003 West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United D 2-2 Premier League
13 Aug 2003 Partizan Belgrade v Newcastle United W 0-1 UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round 1st leg
17 Aug 2003 Leeds United v Newcastle United D 2-2 Premier League
23 Aug 2003 Newcastle United v Manchester United L 1-2 Premier League
27 Aug 2003 Newcastle United v Partizan Belgrade L 0-1
Agg: 1-1 (3-4)
UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round 2nd leg
30 Aug 2003 Newcastle United v Birmingham City L 0-1 Premier League
13 Sep 2003 Everton v Newcastle United D 2-2 Premier League
26 Sep 2003 Arsenal v Newcastle United L 3-2 Premier League
27 Sep 2003 Newcastle United v NAC Breda W 5-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
04 Oct 2003 Newcastle United v Southampton W 1-0 Premier League
15 Oct 2003 NAC Breda v Newcastle United W 0-1
Agg: 0-6
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
18 Oct 2003 Middlesbrough v Newcastle United W 0-1 Premier League
21 Oct 2003 Fulham v Newcastle United W 2-3 Premier League
25 Oct 2003 Newcastle United v Portsmouth W 3-0 Premier League
06 Nov 2003 FC Basel v Newcastle United W 2-3 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
09 Nov 2003 Chelsea v Newcastle United L 5-0 Premier League
27 Nov 2003 Newcastle United v FC Basel W 1-0
Agg: 4-2
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
13 Dec 2003 Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur W 4-0 Premier League
20 Dec 2003 Charlton Athletic v Newcastle United D 0-0 Premier League
26 Dec 2003 Leicester City v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
28 Dec 2003 Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers L 0-1 Premier League
11 Jan 2004 Manchester United v Newcastle United D 0-0 Premier League
19 Jan 2004 Newcastle United v Fulham W 3-1 Premier League
24 Jan 2004 Liverpool v Newcastle United L 2-1 FA Cup 4th round
31 Jan 2004 Birmingham City v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
07 Feb 2004 Newcastle United v Leicester City W 3-1 Premier League
11 Feb 2004 Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
21 Feb 2004 Newcastle United v Middlesbrough W 2-1 Premier League
26 Feb 2004 Vålerenga v Newcastle United D 1-1 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
29 Feb 2004 Portsmouth v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
03 Mar 2004 Newcastle United v Vålerenga W 3-1
Agg: 4-2
UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg
11 Mar 2004 Newcastle United v Real Mallorca W 4-1 UEFA Cup 4th round 1st leg
14 Mar 2004 Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United L 1-0 Premier League
20 Mar 2004 Newcastle United v Charlton Athletic W 3-1 Premier League
25 Mar 2004 Real Mallorca v Newcastle United W 0-3
Agg: 1-7
UEFA Cup 4th round 2nd leg
11 Apr 2004 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
14 Apr 2004 Newcastle United v PSV Eindhoven W 2-1
Agg: 3-2
UEFA Cup Quarter-final 2nd leg
18 Apr 2004 Aston Villa v Newcastle United D 0-0 Premier League
22 Apr 2004 Newcastle United v Olympique Marseille D 0-0 UEFA Cup Semi-final 1st leg
25 Apr 2004 Newcastle United v Chelsea W 2-1 Premier League
01 May 2004 Manchester City v Newcastle United L 1-0 Premier League
06 May 2004 Olympique Marseille v Newcastle United L 2-0
Agg: 2-0
UEFA Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
15 May 2004 Liverpool v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
21 Aug 2004 Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur L 0-1 Premier League
25 Aug 2004 Newcastle United v Norwich City D 2-2 Premier League
28 Aug 2004 Aston Villa v Newcastle United L 4-2 Premier League
11 Sep 2004 Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers W 3-0 Premier League
16 Sep 2004 Newcastle United v Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin W 2-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
19 Sep 2004 Southampton v Newcastle United W 1-2 Premier League
25 Sep 2004 Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion W 3-1 Premier League
30 Sep 2004 Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin v Newcastle United W 1-5
Agg: 1-7
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
03 Oct 2004 Birmingham City v Newcastle United D 2-2 Premier League
17 Oct 2004 Charlton Athletic v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
21 Oct 2004 Panionios v Newcastle United W 0-1 UEFA Cup Group D
24 Oct 2004 Newcastle United v Manchester City W 4-3 Premier League
31 Oct 2004 Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United L 2-1 Premier League
04 Nov 2004 Newcastle United v Dinamo Tbilisi W 2-0 UEFA Cup Group D
07 Nov 2004 Newcastle United v Fulham L 1-4 Premier League
10 Nov 2004 Newcastle United v Chelsea L 0-2 League Cup 4th round
14 Nov 2004 Newcastle United v Manchester United L 1-3 Premier League
16 Dec 2004 Newcastle United v Sporting Lisboa D 1-1 UEFA Cup Group D
19 Dec 2004 Liverpool v Newcastle United L 3-1 Premier League
26 Dec 2004 Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United D 2-2 Premier League
09 Jan 2005 Yeading v Newcastle United W 0-2 FA Cup 3rd round
23 Jan 2005 Arsenal v Newcastle United L 1-0 Premier League
29 Jan 2005 Newcastle United v Coventry City W 3-1 FA Cup 4th round
02 Feb 2005 Manchester City v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
05 Feb 2005 Newcastle United v Charlton Athletic D 1-1 Premier League
17 Feb 2005 Heerenveen v Newcastle United W 1-2 UEFA Cup Round of 32 1st leg
24 Feb 2005 Newcastle United v Heerenveen W 2-1
Agg: 4-2
UEFA Cup Round of 32 2nd leg
10 Mar 2005 Olympiakos v Newcastle United W 1-3 UEFA Cup Round of 16 1st leg
16 Mar 2005 Newcastle United v Olympiakos W 4-0
Agg: 7-1
UEFA Cup Round of 16 2nd leg
19 Mar 2005 Portsmouth v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
02 Apr 2005 Newcastle United v Aston Villa L 0-3 Premier League
07 Apr 2005 Newcastle United v Sporting Lisboa W 1-0 UEFA Cup Quarter-final 1st leg
10 Apr 2005 Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United L 1-0 Premier League
14 Apr 2005 Sporting Lisboa v Newcastle United L 4-1
Agg: 4-2
UEFA Cup Quarter-final 2nd leg
17 Apr 2005 Manchester United v Newcastle United L 4-1 FA Cup Semi-final
20 Apr 2005 Norwich City v Newcastle United L 2-1 Premier League
24 Apr 2005 Manchester United v Newcastle United L 2-1 Premier League
27 Apr 2005 Newcastle United v Middlesbrough D 0-0 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.