Ex Ossett Town, Bradford Park Avenue and Farsley Celtic player Rob O’Brien says retiring from the sport was a tough decision but one he felt he had to make.

O’Brien said he actually knew he would retire at the end of the season for some time: “I made the decision at around Christmas time, it’s been on my mind for a while, I just wanted to spend more time with my family and friends, I have been involved in football for over 20 years and it was important I bowed out on my own terms at the right time.”obrien

The captain of Celtic, scored on his final appearance which was a 2-1 win over Radcliffe Borough, he said it was a special occasion: “It was a brilliant day, I did not know what to expect.

“I told the manager a week before, my wife had rallied round friends and family to come to the game and my daughter was the mascot and to get the goal and the win was great and to get a guard of honour and a signed photo really meant a lot.

“I just couldn’t have asked for a better send off. I can only thanks everyone at Farsley Celtic for what they did.”

When looking back at his career, O’Brien picked out the memories which meant a lot to him “I played for Leeds United at youth level then eventually went to Doncaster and made my debut, then I went to non-league football, I really enjoyed my time at Ossett Town, we didn’t have a big budget it was us against the world and we used that to our advantage”

“Then I went to Bradford Park Avenue and it took three years to go up to the National League North we won it late, that was a great moment and we had a couple of FA Cup runs.

“Then I came to Farsley and have really enjoyed my time, playing with some of my friends has been a great experience.”

While many move from playing to coaching O’Brien for now has no such plans.

“I think that is it for now, but never say never, I could go into coaching, who knows what will happen, I’ve really enjoyed my playing career, now I can’t wait to watch my old teams and I will be a fan.”

Article: Tom Feaheny (@thomasfeaheny)

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