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Patrick O'Connell (Irish footballer)

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Full namePatrick Joseph O'Connell
Date of birth8 March 1887
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Date of death27 February 1959(age 71)
Place of deathSt Pancras, London, England
Playing positionHalf back

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Patrick Joseph O'Connell (8 March 1887 27 February 1959), also known as Paddy O'Connell or Patricio O'Connell, was an Irish footballer and manager. He played as a defender, most notably, for Belfast Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City and Manchester United. As an international he captained Ireland and was a member of the team that won the 1914 British Home Championship. However O'Connell is probably best remembered for managing several clubs in La Liga. In 1935 he led Real Betis to their one and only La Liga title and during the Spanish Civil War he took FC Barcelona on a tour of North America. Despite these successes, he died destitute in London in 1959.

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