Michael O'Neill Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1992-93 22 (3) 25 2 4 0 22 (3) 2 - -
1991-92 6 (4) 10 5 0 0 5 (3) 4 1 (1) 1
1990-91 9 (9) 18 0 0 0 7 (6) 0 2 (3) 0
1989-90 20 (5) 25 7 1 0 15 (3) 5 5 (2) 2
Totals: 57 (21) 14 49 (15) 11 8 (6) 3

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
May 15th, 1993 15/05/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 4
May 8th, 1993 08/05/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 1
May 1st, 1993 01/05/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 3 - 1
Apr 20th, 1993 20/04/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 0
Apr 13th, 1993 13/04/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 0 - 3

 Recent First Team Goals
May 1st, 1993 01/05/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 3 - 1
Mar 20th, 1993 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 4 - 1
Oct 12th, 1991 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 4
Aug 20th, 1991 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H) 3 - 2
Aug 13th, 1991 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 4 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
May 1st, 1993 01/05/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 3 - 1 (43')
Mar 20th, 1993 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 4 - 1 (29')
Oct 12th, 1991 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 4 (51')
Aug 20th, 1991 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H) 3 - 2 (77')
Aug 13th, 1991 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 4 - 1 (1')
Aug 10th, 1991 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 4 (27')
Aug 10th, 1991 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 4 (50')
Oct 31st, 1989 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H) 3 - 2 (62')
Oct 21st, 1989 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 3 (38')
Oct 21st, 1989 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 3 (69')
Oct 14th, 1989 14/10/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2 (64') p
Aug 26th, 1989 26/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 1 (35')
Aug 19th, 1989 19/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 4 (24')
Aug 16th, 1989 16/08/89 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H) 1 - 0 (52')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
May 15th, 1993 15/05/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 4
May 8th, 1993 08/05/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 1
May 1st, 1993 01/05/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 3 - 1
Apr 20th, 1993 20/04/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 0
Apr 13th, 1993 13/04/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 0 - 3
Apr 3rd, 1993 03/04/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1
Mar 27th, 1993 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3
Mar 20th, 1993 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 4 - 1
Mar 13th, 1993 13/03/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 1
Mar 9th, 1993 09/03/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 0
Mar 6th, 1993 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1
Feb 27th, 1993 27/02/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0
Feb 24th, 1993 24/02/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 0
Feb 20th, 1993 20/02/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
Feb 13th, 1993 13/02/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 4 - 0
Jan 30th, 1993 30/01/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 1 (sub)
Jan 23rd, 1993 23/01/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1
Jan 2nd, 1993 02/01/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 2
Dec 12th, 1992 12/12/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 2
Dec 1st, 1992 01/12/92 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 1
Nov 28th, 1992 28/11/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H) 0 - 0 (sub)
Nov 21st, 1992 21/11/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 1 (sub)
Nov 11th, 1992 11/11/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 1
Nov 7th, 1992 07/11/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 0 - 2
Oct 31st, 1992 31/10/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Oct 29th, 1991 29/10/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 3 - 2 (sub)
Oct 19th, 1991 19/10/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 2 (sub)
Oct 12th, 1991 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 4
Sep 3rd, 1991 03/09/91 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 3 (sub)
Aug 31st, 1991 31/08/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0 (sub)
Aug 24th, 1991 24/08/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 1
Aug 20th, 1991 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H) 3 - 2
Aug 17th, 1991 17/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1
Aug 13th, 1991 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 4 - 1
Aug 10th, 1991 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 4
May 4th, 1991 04/05/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
Apr 24th, 1991 24/04/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 1
Apr 20th, 1991 20/04/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 1
Apr 16th, 1991 16/04/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 1
Jan 29th, 1991 29/01/91 3rd Round Replay vs. East Fife (H) 2 - 1
Jan 26th, 1991 26/01/91 3rd Round vs. East Fife (A) 1 - 1 (sub)
Jan 5th, 1991 05/01/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 2
Dec 29th, 1990 29/12/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 2 (sub)
Dec 22nd, 1990 22/12/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 0 - 1
Nov 17th, 1990 17/11/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 1 (sub)
Oct 27th, 1990 27/10/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 2
Oct 20th, 1990 20/10/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 0 (sub)
Oct 13th, 1990 13/10/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Oct 10th, 1990 10/10/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Oct 3rd, 1990 03/10/90 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. FH (H) 2 - 2
Sep 1st, 1990 01/09/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 0
Aug 28th, 1990 28/08/90 3rd Round vs. Partick Th (A) 3 - 1 (sub)
Aug 21st, 1990 21/08/90 2nd Round vs. Alloa Athletic (A) 3 - 0 (sub)
Feb 3rd, 1990 03/02/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 3 (sub)
Jan 23rd, 1990 23/01/90 3rd Round Replay vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0
Jan 3rd, 1990 03/01/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Dec 23rd, 1989 23/12/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Dec 16th, 1989 16/12/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 1
Dec 13th, 1989 13/12/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 0 - 1
Dec 9th, 1989 09/12/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 2
Nov 25th, 1989 25/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 1
Nov 18th, 1989 18/11/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 0
Nov 8th, 1989 08/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Nov 4th, 1989 04/11/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 1
Oct 31st, 1989 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H) 3 - 2
Oct 28th, 1989 28/10/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 0 - 0
Oct 21st, 1989 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 3
Oct 17th, 1989 17/10/89 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Antwerp (A) 0 - 4 (sub)
Oct 14th, 1989 14/10/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2
Oct 4th, 1989 04/10/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 0
Sep 30th, 1989 30/09/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 0 - 0 (sub)
Sep 27th, 1989 27/09/89 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Glentoran (H) 2 - 0 (sub)
Sep 13th, 1989 13/09/89 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Glentoran (A) 3 - 1
Sep 9th, 1989 09/09/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 2
Aug 26th, 1989 26/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 1
Aug 23rd, 1989 23/08/89 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A) 1 - 2
Aug 19th, 1989 19/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 4
Aug 16th, 1989 16/08/89 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H) 1 - 0


Competition History


Comp
LGE 49 (15) 11 5 0
SC 2 (1) 0 0 0
LC 3 (3) 2 0 0
UEFA 3 (2) 1 0 0
Totals: 57 (21) 14

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


Playing both football and Gaelic football as a youngster, Michael's senior career began with Coleraine after spells with Star United and Chimney Corner, making his debut in the Irish League at the age of 15 in 1984. Three years later, the then 18-year-old striker came to the attention of Dundee United manager Jim McLean after playing at Tannadice for the Northern Ireland club in a UEFA Cup tie. The player came close to signing for United before deciding to join Newcastle United for a fee of £100,000.

The youngster quickly graduated from the reserves to the First Division at St James' Park, playing in a first team that included Paul Gascoigne, Brazilian Mirandinha and future Tannadice teammate Darren Jackson. His form with Newcastle lead to the teenager winning his first full cap for his country in February 1988 against Greece in Athens. After a successful first year, his second season was blighted by injury and illness, and after The Magpies relegation from the top division, Jim McLean jumped at the chance to sign the striker, paying a then record club fee of £350,000.

He made scoring debuts in both the League Cup and in the Premier Division and was a regular in the side before losing his place towards the end of his first season. Now used more as a winger than an out and out striker, he only made occasional appearances during the 1990-91 season, and usually from the bench. He began the next campaign in the first eleven, scoring four goals in the first four matches. However, after refusing to extend his contract, by October Michael found himself frozen out by the manager, and a serious illness restricted any return to action even further. It was a full year later before he saw first team action again and played regularly through to the end of the 1992-93 season. After signing a short-term deal in August, he was sold to Hibs for £245,000.

Michael had three successful seasons at Easter Road, collecting a League Cup runners-up medal in his first year, and then returned to English football to play for Coventry City, during which time he won the last of his 31 caps for his country. He then spent time on loan at Aberdeen and Reading before joining Wigan Athletic in 1998. He later played for St Johnstone, Portland Timbers, Clydebank, Boston Bulldogs, Glentoran and Ayr United. He went into management as assistant to Mixu Paatelainen at Cowdenbeath, then took charge of Brechin City in April 2006. A successful spell as manager with Shamrock Rovers lead to his appointment as the manager of Northern Ireland in 2011.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by B Orr.





Debut

August 16th, 1989
Dundee United 1 - 0 Partick Thistle

League Cup (2nd Round)


International Career (Northern Ireland)


Caps: 31

Goals: 4

International Debut: February 17th, 1988 v. Greece

Just months after signing for Newcastle United, 18-year-old Michael O'Neill was called up to the Northern Ireland full international squad, making his debut against Greece in February 1988. By the time he arrived at Tannadice, the attacking midfielder had collected ten international caps for his country and made his first appearance as a United player in a World Cup qualifier against Hungary at Windsor Park in September 1989. A lack of first team games with United - due to injury, illness and a contract dispute - limited his international involvement over the next couple of seasons to just six appearances, but he returned to regular action, both domestically and internationally during the 1992-93 season. After leaving United he continued to appear for Northern Ireland until his last appearance in October 1996.

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Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Michael was born on this date in Portadown, Northern Ireland.


  • International Debut


    Michael earned his first International cap for Northern Ireland, playing against Greece.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Partick Th
    League Cup (2nd Round)

    The clash with Partick Thistle wasn't expected to provide us with an easy passage and that was exactly how the match developed. Michael O'Neill, making his debut after his record signing from Newcastl


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Partick Th
    League Cup (2nd Round)

    The clash with Partick Thistle wasn't expected to provide us with an easy passage and that was exactly how the match developed. Michael O'Neill, making his debut after his record signing from Newcastl


  • League Debut

    Dundee 4 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    This was a Derby match in which the usual script went awry. Deservedly leading by two goals after less than twenty five minutes play, Dundee fought back to equalise before half-time and again came fro


  • First League Goal

    Dundee 4 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    This was a Derby match in which the usual script went awry. Deservedly leading by two goals after less than twenty five minutes play, Dundee fought back to equalise before half-time and again came fro


  • 50th Appearance

    Dunfermline 3 - 1 Dundee United
    League Cup (Quarter Final)

    In our two League visits to East End Park last season, we dominated both games yet ended up losing by a single goal. On this occasion, we were In even greater control, yet at one stage trailed by thre


  • 50th League Appearance

    Partick Th 0 - 4 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Duncan Ferguson returned to the first team after a month's absence, but it was Paddy Connolly who stole the show. Paddy's influence on the game was immediate. He drifted past a couple of defenders int


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 3 - 1 Partick Th
    League (Premier Division)

    Thistle proved a much improved side from the one we defeated so comfortably at Firhill in February and had Alan Main not been in top form, we could easily have found ourselves trailing by a couple of


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 4 Aberdeen
    League (Premier Division)

    Not only was this the final match of he season, but it also marked the end of Jim McLean's remarkable twenty one and a half years as United's manager. Aberdeen drew first blood after only four


  • Left the Club