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Born: Black­burn, 1982 (Age 33) 2000-2004 Start­ing out as a striker, O’Con­nor and came through the ranks at Brent­ford made his de­but as a late sub­sti­tute Football in a 3-2 de­feat at Ex­eter in the League Tro­phy in Fe­bru­ary 2000. af­ter­wards His league de­but came swiftly in a 0-0 home draw against Wy­combe. un­der man­ager Steve O’Con­nor flour­ished Cop­pell in 2001- 02, but the Bees Stoke in the Di­vi­sion Two lost 2-0 against play-off fi­nal at the Mil­len­nium Sta­dium. made his de­but for the Re­pub­lic He 2004-2007 of Ire­land Un­der-21s in 2003. O’Con­nor was switched to right-back pain by boss Martin Allen, but play-off con­tin­ued to haunt him and the Bees semi-fi­nals in 2004-05 as they lost out in the and 2005-06. Brent­ford’s for­tunes exit and O’Con­nor dipped af­ter Allen’s suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion to League Two 2007-2011 in 2006-07. O’Con­nor fea­tured more in mid­field Two. as Brent­ford adapted to League Un­der Andy Scott, the Bees went sea­son up as cham­pi­ons in their sec­ond in the fourth tier. He came on as a Football late sub as Brent­ford lost in League Tro­phy fi­nal against the 2011-present Carlisle at Wem­b­ley in 2011. O’Con­nor’s play­ing ap­pear­ances were more lim­ited in his fi­nal play­ing years. The Bees missed out on pro­mo­tion sea­son on the fi­nal day of the 2012-13 and then lost to Yeovil in the play-off didn’t fig­ure. fi­nal, though O’Con­nor O’Con­nor and Co. made amends win­ning pro­mo­tion the fol­low­ing sea­son by to the Cham­pi­onship. He made one sea­son af­ter tak­ing on ap­pear­ance last a player-coach role and hung up his end of the cam­paign, which boots at the saw the Bees reach the play-offs. In made 501 ap­pear­ances and net­ted to­tal, he Brent­ford’s 44 goals. He’s been in­ducted into Hall of Fame and is now as­sis­tant man­ager of the Un­der-21s.

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