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Joe O'Neil Squad Index
Information:
1951-52 Squad Number:
4
Position:
Inside Left
Date of Birth:
15th August 1931
Birthplace:
Glasgow
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
6' 0
Weight:
12st
Signed:
08/02/1950
Career History:
NOTE: Player Career history has been temporarily removed for data cleanse.
 
Profile:

Joe O'Neil arrived at Pittodrie in 1950 following the path of Ian McNeill and made his first team debut some months later. His finest hour for Aberdeen came in the Scottish Cup semi final against Rangers at Hampden on 10th April 1954. Joe had suffered a depressed fracture of the skull in a game against Falkirk only three weeks earlier yet declared himself fit for the game against Rangers, against doctors advice. Joe scored a hat trick in the Dons memorable 6-0 win the clubs first win over Rangers in the Scottish Cup and Rangers worst defeat ever in the cup to date.

Joe was injured for the Final against Celtic but played his part in the Dons first championship success in 1955. He was a giant of a player, an inside forward who competed with Bob Wishart for a starting place in the championship side. After failing to gain a regular place in the Aberdeen team Joe followed manager Dave Halliday to Leicester in 1956 where he had to wait 18 months before finally making his debut for the First Division club.

Joe eventually joined Bath City where he met up with former Don Ian MacFarlane. Joe scored regularly for the non-league side and he was among the goals during their FA Cup run of 1960. Bath were eventually knocked out by Brighton where he came up against his good friend Ian McNeill before a record 18,020 crowd at Bath's Twerton Park. Following a stint in the National Service at Shoeburyness he returned to Bath as manager and took up residence there to enjoy his retirement.

Died - Trowbridge, 17th February 2005

Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
17/02/1951
Aberdeen 4-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 16,000 19 Start
29/05/1951
Combined Bergen XI 1-7 Aberdeen
Scandinavian Tour 19 Start
01/06/1951
Norwegian County XI 2-7 Aberdeen
Scandinavian Tour 19 Start
14/04/1952
Dundee 3-0 Aberdeen
Inter City Cup 1L 6,500 20 Start
02/01/1954
Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 28,000 22 Start
09/01/1954
Partick Thistle 6-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 22 Start
16/01/1954
Aberdeen 1-3 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 17,500 22 Start
23/01/1954
Airdrie 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 22 Start
30/01/1954
Aberdeen 5-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Friendly 22 Start
06/02/1954
Aberdeen 1-0 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 22 Start
13/02/1954
Duns 0-8 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R2 700 22 Start
20/02/1954
Aberdeen 5-3 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 22 Start
27/02/1954
Hibernian 1-3 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 47,682 22 Start
06/03/1954
Queen of the South 2-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 22 Start
13/03/1954
Aberdeen 3-0 Heart of Midlothian
Scottish Cup QF 45,061 22 Start
17/03/1954
Aberdeen 0-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 22 Start
10/04/1954
Aberdeen 6-0 Rangers
Scottish Cup SF 110,939 22 Start
14/04/1954
East Fife 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,500 22 Start
17/04/1954
Rangers 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 45,000 22 Start
06/08/1954
Aberdeen 3-2 Aberdeen Reserves
Friendly 22 Start
14/08/1954
Aberdeen 4-0 Queen of the South
League Cup GB 18,000 22 Start
18/08/1954
Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen
League Cup GB 23,000 23 Start
21/08/1954
East Fife 0-3 Aberdeen
League Cup GB 15,000 23 Start
28/08/1954
Queen of the South 3-0 Aberdeen
League Cup GB 10,000 23 Start
11/09/1954
Aberdeen 5-0 Stirling Albion
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 23 Start
18/09/1954
Dundee 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 27,000 23 Start
25/09/1954
Aberdeen 3-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 23 Start
27/09/1954
Aberdeen 6-3 Huddersfield Town
Friendly 12,000 23 Start
02/10/1954
Motherwell 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 23 Start
06/10/1954
Manchester City 4-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 18,604 23 Start
09/10/1954
Aberdeen 0-2 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 38,000 23 Start
16/10/1954
St. Mirren 0-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 23 Start
23/10/1954
Aberdeen 4-1 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 14,500 23 Start
30/10/1954
Partick Thistle 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 23 Start
19/03/1955
Falkirk 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 17,000 23 Start
09/04/1955
Clyde 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 23 Start
16/04/1955
Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 35,000 23 Start
18/04/1955
Keith 0-7 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 23 Start
23/04/1955
Aberdeen 3-2 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 23 Start
29/04/1955
Angus Select 1-2 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 3,000 23 Start
03/05/1955
Aberdeen 1-2 Preston North End
Friendly 10,000 23 Start
06/05/1955
Home Farm Select 3-4 Aberdeen
Friendly 23 Start
09/05/1955
Glentoran 4-3 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 9,000 23 Start
20/08/1955
Aberdeen 3-2 Clyde
League Cup G3 24,000 24 Start
27/08/1955
Aberdeen 2-1 Hibernian
League Cup G3 30,000 24 Start
31/08/1955
Dunfermline Athletic 2-2 Aberdeen
League Cup G3 14,000 24 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1955-56
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
1954-55
12
0
4
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
5
8
0
0
1953-54
10
0
5
0
0
0
4
0
4
0
0
0
14
0
9
1
0
0
1951-52
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1950-51
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
Totals:
23
0
9
7
0
2
4
0
4
0
0
0
34
0
15
12
0
0
Total Appearances/Goals: 34 15