John O'Neill (footballer, Born 1958)
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John O'Neill Footballer, Born 1958
John O'Neill
Personal information
Full name John Patrick O'Neill
Date of birth (1958-03-11) 11 March 1958 (age 62)
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Playing position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977-1987 Leicester City 313 (10)
1987 Queen's Park Rangers 2 (0)
1987-1988 Norwich City 1 (0)
Total 316 (10)
National team
1980-1986 Northern Ireland 39 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Patrick O'Neill (born 11 March 1958) is a former footballer who played for the Northern Ireland national team, winning 39 caps, and scoring two goals. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, he was a member of the Northern Ireland squads that played in the World Cup tournaments of 1982 and 1986. His final appearance for the national side came in their 3-0 defeat against Brazil in the 1986 tournament.

Club career

At club level, O'Neill played for Leicester City, QPR, and Norwich City. However, his spell with the Canaries was cut short, and he made just one appearance for Norwich - against Wimbledon in 1987. On the field for just 34 minutes, an horrendous tackle from Dons player John Fashanu so severely damaged O'Neill's knee ligaments that he never played another professional game, and finished his playing career. O'Neill began legal proceedings against Fashanu for the tackle that ended his career, before settling out of court for £70,000.

He was granted a testimonial at Carrow Road by Norwich in the 1988-89 season.

Management and administration

After his playing career ended, O'Neill had a spell from 1990 managing Finn Harps of the League of Ireland. He later[when?] moved back to his home city and became a member of the board of Derry City for a period.

Media work

Since retirement as a player, O'Neill is best known for being Jackie Fullerton's co-commentator on Northern Ireland international games.

International goals

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 June 1980 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney  Australia 2-0 2-1 International friendly
2. 14 November 1984 Windsor Park, Belfast  Finland 1-1 2-1 1986 World Cup qualifier


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