Michael O'Neill Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1992-93 22 (3) 2 4 0 44.0% 24.0% 32.0%
1991-92 6 (4) 5 0 0 30.0% 20.0% 50.0%
1990-91 9 (9) 0 0 0 44.4% 22.2% 33.3%
1989-90 20 (5) 7 1 0 44.0% 20.0% 36.0%
Totals: 57 (21) 14


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

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

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

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 01/05/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  3 - 1
 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  4 - 1
 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 4
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  3 - 2
 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  4 - 1
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H)  3 - 2
 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 3
 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 3
 14/10/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 26/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 1
 19/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 4
 16/08/89 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H)  1 - 0

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 15/05/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 4
 08/05/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 01/05/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  3 - 1
 20/04/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  4 - 0
 13/04/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 3
 03/04/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 1
 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 3
 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  4 - 1
 13/03/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 09/03/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 0
 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 27/02/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 24/02/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 0
 20/02/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 13/02/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  4 - 0
 30/01/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 1
 23/01/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 02/01/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 12/12/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 2
 01/12/92 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  2 - 1
 28/11/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  0 - 0
 21/11/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 1
 11/11/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 1
 07/11/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 2
 31/10/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 29/10/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 2
 19/10/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 4
 03/09/91 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 3
 31/08/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 24/08/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  3 - 2
 17/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  4 - 1
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 04/05/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 24/04/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 20/04/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 16/04/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 1
 29/01/91 3rd Round Replay vs. East Fife (H)  2 - 1
 26/01/91 3rd Round vs. East Fife (A)  1 - 1
 05/01/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 29/12/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 22/12/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 1
 17/11/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 27/10/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 20/10/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 0
 13/10/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 10/10/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 03/10/90 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. FH (H)  2 - 2
 01/09/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 0
 28/08/90 3rd Round vs. Partick Th (A)  3 - 1
 21/08/90 2nd Round vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  3 - 0
 03/02/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 3
 23/01/90 3rd Round Replay vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 03/01/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 23/12/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 16/12/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 13/12/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 1
 09/12/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 2
 25/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 18/11/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 0
 08/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 04/11/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 1
 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H)  3 - 2
 28/10/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 0
 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 3
 17/10/89 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Antwerp (A)  0 - 4
 14/10/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 04/10/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 0
 30/09/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 0
 27/09/89 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 0
 13/09/89 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Glentoran (A)  3 - 1
 09/09/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 2
 26/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 1
 23/08/89 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A)  1 - 2
 19/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 4
 16/08/89 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H)  1 - 0


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.





Debut

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

League Cup (2nd Round)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth

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

  • Signed For Dundee United

    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 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 Newcastle United, was the first to threaten the Thistle goal with a first time effort from a Mixu Paatelainen corner, and we were very unlucky not to take the lead after 27 minutes when Jim McInally's header from a Jackson free-kick was blocked by the Jags' 'keeper with his face! Thistle's first threat on goal came on the half hour mark when their new signing from Airdrie, Callum Campbell, worked his way into a good scoring position, only for John Clark to intervene with a remarkable last ditch clearance. From the ensuing corner the United number five cleared a net-bound header off the line.

  • 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 Newcastle United, was the first to threaten the Thistle goal with a first time effort from a Mixu Paatelainen corner, and we were very unlucky not to take the lead after 27 minutes when Jim McInally's header from a Jackson free-kick was blocked by the Jags' 'keeper with his face! Thistle's first threat on goal came on the half hour mark when their new signing from Airdrie, Callum Campbell, worked his way into a good scoring position, only for John Clark to intervene with a remarkable last ditch clearance. From the ensuing corner the United number five cleared a net-bound header off the line.

  • 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 goals as he made vital saves from Cameron and Farningham within the space of a few seconds. None-the-less, it was Thistle who found themselves in arrears after 36 minutes. Alex Cleland's cross from the right was met by Michael O'Neill at the far post and although Murdoch parried his header, the ball went on to the post and Paddy Connolly had the simple task of putting us ahead and, at that stage, probably against the run of play. Thistle's prospects dimmed even further just before the interval. First skipper Don McVicar was red-carded for a scything tackle on Alex Cleland and when the free kick was flighted over by Billy McKinlay, Michael O'Neill got in a header which Murdoch failed to keep out.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee United 1 - 4 Aberdeen

    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.