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Kevin O'Connor (footballer born 1982)

Personal information
Full nameKevin Patrick O'Connor
Date of birth24 February 1982(age 35)
Place of birthBlackburn, England
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionRight back, Midfielder
Club information
Current clubBrentford

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Kevin O'Connor (born 24 February 1982) is a professional footballer who is currently captain of Brentford. He is the club's longest serving player, having signed professional terms in 1999.

O'Connor has played for Brentford since signing professional terms as a 17 year old. He made his league debut in a home goalless draw against Wycombe Wanderers on 19 February 2000. His performances earned him recognition in the Republic of Ireland Under 21 squad. In the 2004 05 season he collected the club's "Most Improved Player of the Season" award.

O'Connor is one of the most versatile players in the Football League. He started his career as a striker, but was played on the right wing under former Brentford manager Wally Downes. Under Martin Allen, he was converted to a right-back, which many believe to be his best position. In the 2007 08 season, following the arrival of right-backs, Ben Starosta and Craig Pead, O'Connor played predominantly in central midfield. He has also been known to fill in as a centre-back and left-back in emergencies.

O'Connor is a set-piece expert, having scored several free-kicks and penalties in his career. O'Connor made his 300th start for Brentford on 7 February 2009 against Chester City at Griffin Park. As the 2008/09 season was his tenth as a Brentford player, O'Connor was rewarded with a testimonial match on 14 July 2010 against local rivals Fulham.

O'Connor is currently sixth in the Brentford all time appearance list, on 390 appearances as of 13 March 2010.

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