Ollie played as a winger in the 1960s and 1970s.
Although born in Mulrany, Ireland, when he was just nine years old Ollie’s parents uprooted the family and left County Mayo to live in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, where he was spotted by Huddersfield Town playing for St Paulinus Youth Club.
Signed by the legendary Liverpool Manager Bill Shankly when he was Manager at Huddersfield, Ollie made 3 appearances for the Terriers between 1960 and 1963.
Signed by Posh Manager Gordon Clark in 1964, Ollie gave eight years service to the club in a playing capacity.
Ollie made his Posh Football League debut on the 22nd August 1964 in Posh’s 4-2 defeat in the 3rd Division game against Exeter City at St James Park. Ollie’s first goal for the club came in Posh’s 5-0 win against Oldham Athletic at London Road just two days after his Football League debut for the club.
In his first season at the Posh he helped the Posh to reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup and the following season to the semi finals of the League Cup.
Diminutive yet dynamic, Ollie’s first touch gave him time on the ball and in the late 1960’s he was arguably the club’s most influential player. Though less of a regular during his last two seasons at the club, Ollie’s performances seldom slackened and his scored on his final match for the Posh on the final day of the 1971/72 season (1st May 1972) when Posh beat Reading 3-2 at London Road. At that time only one player, Brian Wright had made more appearances for the club than Ollie.
In total Ollie made 251 Football League appearances for the Posh scoring 34 goals, as well as 13 FA Cup appearances scoring 10 goals and 9 League Cup appearances scoring 7 goals.
Ollie was the first Posh player to win a senior international cap while playing at London Road. Ollie won all his 5 Republic of Ireland international caps whilst at the Posh for the national football team at senior level.
After the Posh Ollie played for Cambridge City and became a Civil Servant in Peterborough.
Ollie briefly returned to the Posh as youth team Coach in the late 1970’s.
Ollie lived in Peterborough until 2001 when he moved to Southport.
Sadly Ollie died aged 74 on 26 January 2014 at his Southport home, following a long illness.
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