Tommy O’Hara, Scottish footballer and coach, Died at 62


Tommy O’Hara was born on August 17, 1953, in Bellshill and died on January 28, 2016.

He was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

He was known in Scotland and the United States of America, O’Hara made over 350 career league appearances.

O’Hara received one international cap with the US national soccer team in 1982.

O’Hara relocated from junior club Kirkintilloch Rob Roy to the Scottish club Celtic, in the East End of Glasgow in 1971.

Nevertheless, he failed to play in any league matches at Celtic Park.

Tommy signed to Queen of the South, the club he spent the longest with.

In succeeding audience for the club, Tommy O’Hara was listed with the best players at the club at that time by Allan Ball, Iain McChesney, Crawford Boyd and Jocky Dempster.

Tommy played in the victorious time in the Willie Harkness era at Queens.

His team (Queens) experience some notable cup results as well as being deprived of promotion to Scotland’s top flight, only by league reconstruction

He then migrated to the United States where he was signed to the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League, in March 1978

Tommy contributed three seasons with the club and amongst Johan Cruyff.

Financial difficulties led the team to sell his contract in December 1980 to the Jacksonville Tea Men.

He played one season in Jacksonville, then returned to Scotland

Tommy O’Hara was a player for Motherwell, Falkirk and Partick Thistle in the Scottish Football League.

Tommy O’Hara passed away at 62yrs old.