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Martin O'Connor (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameMartin O'Connor
Date of birth12 October 1967(age 49)
Place of birthWalsall, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Martin O'Connor (born 12 October 1967) is a retired football player and former assistant manager of League One side Walsall.

Born in Walsall in 1967, O'Connor started his career at Bromsgrove Rovers in the early 1990s before moving to Crystal Palace. He then spent the first of three spells at Walsall, joining on loan in March 1993 before signing permanently the following year. His most prominent role at the Saddlers was winning promotion to Division Two in 1995.

He then joined Peterborough United, followed by Birmingham City, whom O'Connor represented in the 2001 Football League Cup Final against Liverpool, which Birmingham lost in a penalty shootout.

O'Connor re-joined Walsall in 2002, but his contract was not renewed at the end of the 2002 03 season. He then signed for Shrewsbury Town in July 2003, before ending his playing career with Kidderminster Harriers.

O'Connor was also called up to the Cayman Islands national football team in 2000, but FIFA soon ruled that he could not play for them. The Cayman Islands had been attempting to exploit their status as a British Overseas Territory by picking British passport holders who would not ordinarily be eligible to play for them.

On 20 January 2009, he was named assistant manager to Chris Hutchings at Walsall, but the pair were sacked on 3 January 2011 after a series of poor results left Walsall bottom of Football League One.

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