Aaron O’Connor

Aaron O’Connor

Born 9 August 1983 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #321)

Total appearances 84 – 29 goals

(76 League, 5 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy)

Debut:

8 August 2009 (Home Salisbury City)

Final game:

30 April 2011 (Away Darlington)

Aaron started his career at Ilkeston Town, before making a number of appearances for Scunthorpe United reserves. He joined them on a non-contract basis in November 2002, but his stay at the Iron did not go well and he was released by manager Brian Laws blaming a poor attitude. He started the following season with Nuneaton Borough, but re-joined Ilkeston Town after only a few games. On 15 July 2004, he joined rivals Gresley Rovers where he became a prolific goalscorer, and in 127 games over a three year period, scored some 80 goals, picking up numerous awards along the way.

He very nearly signed for Diamonds in June 2006, having a trial period under manager Paul Hart, and playing in some of the pre-season friendlies, but he returned to Gresley Rovers. In January 2007, he joined Conference side Grays Athletic, managed by Justin Edinburgh, spending 1½ seasons at the club. In August 2008, he moved to Mansfield Town, where he spent the following season, before joining Diamonds on 30 June 2009.

Aaron O'Connor Mansfield New Strip

He made his Diamonds debut on 8 August 2009, missing the chance to score on his debut from the penalty spot as Diamonds lost 0-2 against Salisbury City at Nene Park. He scored his debut goal for the club two weeks later against Forest Green Rovers. During the 2009/10 season Aaron scored a total of 15 goals in all competitions, which made him joint-top scorer for the club in that category. After a successful season as Diamonds’ captain in 2010/2011 where again, he was top goal-scorer, he also picked up the Sponsors’ Player of the Season award, the Diamond Minors Player of the Season award and the Supporters’ Player of the Season awards.

Aaron O'Connor at Kettering

Following uncertainty at Diamonds during the summer of 2011, he was released and joined Luton Town on 6 June 2011 on a two-year deal. After just one season with the Hatters however, he was re-united with former Diamonds Manager Justin Edinburgh at Newport County and played in a pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers, before signing officially for the club on 25 July 2012. His 19 goals in 41 appearances guided the Welsh side to promotion into the Football League via the Wembley Play-Off Final and he was rewarded on 20 May 2013, with a two year contract.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number 7

Conf

8.8.09

Salisbury City (H)

 

Conf

11.8.09

York City (A)

 

Conf

15.8.09

Eastbourne B (A)

 

Conf

18.8.09

Hayes&Yeading(H)

 

Coinf

22.8.09

Forest Green (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

29.8.09

Stevenage Boro(A)

 

Conf

31.8.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

 

Conf

5.9.09

Barrow (A)

as sub

Conf

8.9.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

12.9.09

Grays Athletic (H)

 

Conf

19.9.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

 

Conf

3.10.09

Altrincham (H)

 

Conf

17.10.09

Tamworth (H)

as sub

1 goal

FAC4q

24.10.09

Workington (A)

1 goal

Conf

31.10.09

Luton Town (A)

 

FAC1

7.11.09

Hinckley Utd (A)

2 goals

Conf

21.11.09

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

2 goals

Conf

24.11.09

Cambridge Utd (A)

 

FAC2

28.11.09

Brighton&HA (A)

1 goal

Conf

1.12.09

York City (H)

 

Conf

5.12.09

Forest Gn Rvrs(A)

 

FAT1

12.12.09

Billericay Tn (H)

1 goal

Conf

28.12.09

Kidderminster (H)

 

Conf

26.1.10

Wrexham (H)

as sub

Conf

30.1.10

Hayes&Yeading(A)

1 goal

Conf

6.2.10

Grays Athletic (A)

1 goal

Conf

9.2.10

Eastbourne B (H)

 

Conf

13.2.10

Stevenage Boro(H)

 

Conf

16.2.10

Oxford Utd (A)

 

Conf

27.2.10

Kettering Tn (H)

 

Conf

3.3.10

Histon (A)

 

Conf

6.3.10

Tamworth (A)

 

Conf

13.3.10

Gateshead (H)

 

Conf

20.3.10

Altrincham (A)

as sub

Conf

24.3.10

Oxford Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

27.3.10

Wimbledon (A)

 

Conf

30.3.10

Kettering Tn (A)

 

Conf

2.4.10

Crawley Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

5.4.10

Kidderminster (A)

 

Conf

10.4.10

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

2 goals

Conf

13.4.10

Mansfield Tn (A)

1 goal

Conf

17.4.10

Wrexham (A)

1 goal

POSF1

29.4.10

Oxford Utd (H)

 

POSF2

3.5.10

Oxford Utd (A)

 

2010/2011 – squad number 8

Conf

4.9.10

York City (A)

as sub

Conf

11.9.10

Newport Co (H)

 

Conf

18.9.10

Southport (A)

1 goal

Conf

21.9.10

Histon (H)

1 goal

Conf

26.9.10

Crawley Town (H)

 

Conf

29.9.10

Eastbourne B (A)

 

Conf

2.10.10

Altrincham (A)

1 goal

Conf

5.10.10

Darlington (H)

1 goal

Conf

9.10.10

Mansfield Tn (H)

 

Conf

16.10.10

Tamworth (A)

 

FAC4q

23.10.10

Kettering Town (A)

 

Conf

30.10.10

Barrow (H)

1 goal

FAC1

6.11.10

Yeovil Town (H)

 

Conf

9.11.10

Kidderminster (A)

 

Conf

13.11.10

Fleetwood Tn (A)

1 goal

Conf

20.11.10

York City (H)

 

Conf

27.11.10

Forest Green (A)

1 goal

FAT1

11.12.10

Eastwood Tn (H)

 

Conf

1.1.11

Luton Town (A)

 

Conf

3.1.11

Kettering Town (H)

 

Conf

8.1.11

Altrincham (H)

1 goal

FAT1r

11.1.11

Eastwood Tn (A)

 

Conf

18.1.11

Hayes&Yeading(A)

 

Conf

22.1.11

Newport Co (A)

1 goal

Conf

29.1.11

Tamworth (H)

 

Conf

1.2.11

Cambridge U (H)

 

Conf

5.2.11

Cambridge U (A)

1 goal

Conf

12.2.11

Gateshead (H)

 

Conf

22.2.11

Eastbourne B (H)

 

Conf

1.3.11

Bath City (H)

 

Conf

5.3.11

Hayes&Yeading (H)

 

Conf

8.3.11

Forest Green (H)

 

Conf

2.4.11

Mansfield Town (A)

1 goal

Conf

5.4.11

Histon (A)

1 goal

Conf

9.4.11

Wrexham (H)

1 goal

Conf

13.4.11

Grimsby Town (A)

 

Conf

16.4.11

Gateshead (A)

 

Conf

22.4.11

Crawley Town (A)

 

Conf

25.4.11

Kidderminster H (H)

1 goal

Conf

30.4.11

Darlington (A)

 
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