Seamus O’Connell

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Seamus O’Connell
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0Full Name Seamus O’Connell
0Date of Birth 11 January 1930
0Place of Birth Carlisle, England
0Position Forward
0Chelsea career 1954-1956
0Debut 16 October 1954
0Games (goals) 17 (12)
0Other clubs Queens Park
Bishop Aukland
Crook Town
Carlisle United

Seamus O'Connell (born 11 January 1930) is an English former amateur forward who played for Chelsea between 1954 and 1956, contributing to the Blues' Championship-winning season in 1954-55. He also played in the Scottish Football League for Queens Park and in the Football League for Middlesbrough and Carlisle United.


Before Chelsea

O'Connell was born in Carlisle. Of Irish ancestry, his cousin Sean O'Connell was an all-time great Gaelic footballer who played for Derry. O'Connell divided his playing time as an amateur with working for his family's cattle-farming business. He played for Scottish amateur club Queens Park, and made his English Football League debut for Middlesbrough on Boxing Day 1953, scoring in a 3-2 win against Newcastle United.

Chelsea career

O'Connell joined Chelsea in August 1954 and scored a hat-trick on his debut (one of only two Chelsea players to do this, the other being George Hilsdon) against Manchester United in October 1954, although his side still lost 6-5. The season was nonetheless a success for O'Connell and Chelsea, as he scored eight goals in eleven games and helped the club win their first League Championship. He remained with Chelsea for another season before returning to the amateur game, and ended his time at the club with 12 goals from 17 games.

After Chelsea

O'Connell was a three-time winner of the FA Amateur Cup, with Bishop Auckland in 1955 and 1956, and Crook Town in 1959. He also won four caps for the England amateurs.


Season League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1954-55 10 7 1 1 11 8
1955-56 6 4 0 0 6 4
Total 16 11 1 1 17 12


# Season Date Year Competition Opponent Score Result Venue
11954-5516 October1954First DivisionManchester United1-15-6Stamford Bridge
21954-5516 October1954First DivisionManchester United4-65-6Stamford Bridge
31954-5516 October1954First DivisionManchester United5-65-6Stamford Bridge
41954-5527 December1954First DivisionArsenal1-1Stamford Bridge
51954-551 January1955First DivisionBolton Wanderers5-2Burnden Park
61954-558 January1955FA CupWalsall1-02-0Stamford Bridge
71954-5519 March1955First DivisionCharlton Athletic2-02-0The Valley
81954-5523 March1955First DivisionCardiff City1-01-0Ninian Park
91955-5624 August1955First DivisionHuddersfield Town2-03-1Leeds Road
101955-5627 August1955First DivisionArsenal1-01-1Highbury
111955-563 September1955First DivisionPortsmouth1-5Stamford Bridge
121955-5611 February1956First DivisionManchester City2-2Maine Road

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