Peter O'Rourke

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Peter O'Rourke
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Full namePeter O'Rourke
Date of birth(1873-06-01)1 June 1873
Place of birth Newmains, Scotland
Date of death 10 January 1956(1956-01-10) (aged 82)
Place of death Bradford, England
Position(s) Centre half
Senior career*
Mossend Celtic
1895–1897 Celtic 10 (0)
1897–1899 Burnley
1899–1900 Lincoln City
1900–1901 Third Lanark 0 (0)
1901–1903 Chesterfield
1903–1905 Bradford City 49 (1)
Teams managed
1905–1921 Bradford City
1921–1922 Pontypridd
1922–1923 Dundee Hibernian
1924–1925 Bradford Park Avenue
1928–1930 Bradford City
1930–1932 Walsall
1932–1933 Llanelli
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Peter O'Rourke (1 June 1873 – 10 January 1956) was a Scottish football player and manager. In two spells as manager of Bradford City, he won the FA Cup in 1911 as well as two league titles, the Football League Second Division in 1908 and the Third Division North in 1929.



O'Rourke was a centre half who played for Celtic, [1] Burnley, Lincoln City, Third Lanark and Chesterfield before his final playing days at Bradford City. [2] He became player-manager in 1905 following the departure of Robert Campbell while he was still captain. He was given the job permanently and in December 1905 played his final game in an FA Cup tie against Darlington.

He led the Bantams to the Second Division championship in 1908. Three years later, O'Rourke clinched the FA Cup with Bradford in 1911, beating Newcastle United 1–0 in a replay. His son, Francis, died in Newfoundland in October 1919, affecting him deeply, and in June 1921, due to ill health, O'Rourke retired from the game. [3]

He came back with Welsh side Pontypridd in 1922 for five months. In December of that year, O'Rourke joined Dundee Hibernian, who were then a non-league club, but stayed for only three months, resigning after lacking financial support. [4] His next managerial job was with Bradford Park Avenue from 1924 to 1925. He spent just ten months at Park Avenue but signed another son, Peter, who scored twice on his debut against Durham City. [3]

He returned to Bradford City in 1928, winning the Third Division North the following year. After leaving Bradford for the second time in 1930, he moved to Walsall, before a final managerial spell with Llanelli. He retired in July 1933.

After retiring, O'Rourke returned to Bradford living in Burlington Terrace next to City's Valley Parade ground until he died in January 1956 at the age of 82. [5]



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