John O'Hare

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John O'Hare
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-09-24) 24 September 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Renton, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1967 Sunderland 51 (14)
1967 Vancouver Royal Canadians 11 (1)
1967–1974 Derby County 248 (65)
1974–1975 Leeds United 6 (1)
1975–1981 Nottingham Forest 101 (14)
1977–1978 Dallas Tornado 40 (14)
Belper Town ? (?)
Total 417 (95)
National team
1970–1972 Scotland 13 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John O'Hare (born 24 September 1946) is a Scottish former footballer. O'Hare's clubs included Sunderland, Derby County and also Nottingham Forest and was part of their European Cup victory in 1980, coming on as a substitute in the final. O'Hare also won thirteen caps for the Scotland national team, scoring five goals.


O'Hare was born in Renton. O'Hare started his senior career with Sunderland, playing for the first'team between 1964 and 1967.

O'Hare then moved to Derby County for £20,000 in 1967. There was initial criticism of him as he was seen as a large but slow striker, however, their manager Brian Clough persisted with him and in his second season he justified his fee. O'Hare establish a strike partnership with Kevin Hector as they led the Rams to the 1971-72 Football League First Division title.

At County O'Hare won thirteen caps for the Scotland national team, scoring five goals.

O'Hare followed Clough from Derby County to Leeds United in 1974 alongside John McGovern, however Clough departed Leeds United after only 44 days.

O'Hare and McGovern re-united with Clough at Notts Forest in February 1975 for a combined fee of £130,000. [1] Forest were promoted to the top flight at the end of the 1976-77 season. In their first season back-up, Forest won the league by seven points (two points for a win) and Forest won the 1979 European Cup Final the following season.

In the 1977-78 season O'Hare played football in the North American Soccer League for Dallas Tornado with forty appearances and 14 goals.

O'Hare is currently a part-time chauffeur for Toyota and is a host of the executive/VIP guest suite at Forest's home games.


Derby County
Nottingham Forest


  1. ^ Bean, John (20 February 1975). "Clough gets double deal". Daily Mirror. p. 31.

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