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John O'Shea




Date of birth





Republic of Ireland

Flying over from Waterford Ireland to sign for Manchester United at the age of 17, O’Shea Made his debut for the Red Devils in the League Cup against Aston Villa in October 1999.

Loan Spells with Bournemouth and Belgium side Royal Antwerp followed before he returned to Old Trafford to feature in the first team plans for the 2002-03 season.

Having made his Premier League debut and Champions League debut the previous season against Liverpool and Lille respectively, O’Shea went on to play 52 games that season for United as they were crowned Champions.

From then on, he never looked back – a rock within the defence he went on to win almost everything possible as a player.

An FA Cup winners medal in 2004 was followed by four more Premier League medals, two League Cups, four Community Shields, a Club World Cup and a Champions League.

Seven years with Sunderland followed O’Shea’s time at Old Trafford where he totalled over 200 appearances for the Black Cats before joining the Royals for the 2018-19 Championship season.

He made his Reading debut against Birmingham in the EFL Cup in August, and nine months later against the same opponents at Madejski Stadium, O’Shea would play his 803rd and final career game before hanging up his boots on what was a remarkable career.