Walsall Born Walsall Player 25 Martyn O’conner
Posted on October 12, 2014
Full name Martyn O’Connor
Date of birth 10 December 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth Walsall, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
1991–1992 Bromsgrove Rovers
Years Team Apps
1992–1994 Crystal Palace 4
1993 Walsall (loan) 10
1994–1996 Walsall 94
1996 Peterborough United 18
1996–2002 Birmingham City 186
2002–2003 Walsall 48
2003–2005 Shrewsbury Town 56
2005–2006 Kidderminster Harriers 12
2000 Cayman Islands 2 (requires verification)
2009–2011 Walsall (assistant manager)
Martyn started his career at Bromsgrove Rovers in the early 1990s before moving to Crystal Palace. He then spent the first of three spells at Walsall, joining on loan in March 1993 before signing permanently the following year. His most prominent role at the Saddlers was winning promotion to Division Two in 1995.
He then joined Peterborough United along with Scottie Houghton,(Peterborogh, seem to have a habit of taking two of our players as later they took Westwood and Keates) but he didn’t complete a season with them, before they sold him, to Birmingham City, whom O’Connor represented in the 2001 Football League Cup Final against Liverpool, which Birmingham lost in a penalty shootout.
Martyn re-joined Walsall in 2002, but when his contract was not renewed, at the end of the 2002–03 season. He then signed for Shrewsbury Town in July 2003, playing around 50 games for the Shrews, before ending his playing career with Kidderminster Harriers playing a round a dozen games.
On 20 January 2009, he was named assistant manager to Chris Hutchings at Walsall, but the pair were sacked on 3 January 2011 after a series of poor results left Walsall bottom of Football League One. He was always positive in his play as well as being hard working! Another player that the fans took to their hearts!
O’Connor was called up to the Cayman Islands national football team in 2000, but FIFA soon ruled that he could not play for them. The Cayman Islands had been attempting to exploit their status as a British Overseas Territory by picking British passport holders who would not ordinarily be eligible to play for them. However his record shows that he played 2 games for them (Is this true or not?)
For some strange reason i can find games played but cannot find a record of goals scored! Maybe someone can help!!