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Chris O'Grady
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Personal information
Full name Christopher James O'Grady
Date of birth 25 January 1986 (1986-01-25) (age 24)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Rochdale
Number 19
Youth career
2000–2003 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Leicester City 24 (1)
2004–2005 Notts County (loan) 9 (0)
2005–2006 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 22 (4)
2007–2008 Rotherham United 51 (13)
2008–2010 Oldham Athletic 11 (0)
2008 Bury (loan) 6 (0)
2009 Bradford City (loan) 2 (0)
2009 Stockport County (loan) 18 (2)
2009-2010 Rochdale (loan) 24 (15)
2010– Rochdale 9 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:15, 2 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher James "Chris" O'Grady (born 25 January 1986) is an English footballer who plays for Rochdale in League Two.


Born in Nottingham, England, O'Grady originally caught the eye of former Leicester City boss Micky Adams as he was prolific in front of goal for the under 18s and reserves. O'Grady was handed his debut when coming off the bench in Leicester's 2–0 victory over Grimsby Town in April 2003, but failed to break through into the first team the following season.

He made 11 appearances during a loan spell at Notts County in late 2004, gaining some much needed league experience, and ended the 2004–05 campaign on a high, winning a place on the bench in City's final game of the season against Plymouth Argyle.

After scoring from the penalty spot against Inter Milan in pre-season, O'Grady had a successful spell on loan at Rushden & Diamonds at the end of 2005, before returning to Leicester to compete for a place in the first team line-up. He grabbed his first Championship goal at Luton Town in March 2006, a late strike which earned City a 2–1 away win.

In his first start for Leicester City, he scored the first goal in a 2–0 win over Macclesfield Town in the League Cup first round. His second start saw Leicester win 1–0 at home to Southend United.

On 18 January 2007, O'Grady signed for Rotherham United on a two-and-a-half year deal for £65,000. His first goal for Rotherham was a penalty against Huddersfield Town in February 2007. O'Grady altogether scored four goals in his first season with Rotherham.[1]

O'Grady (right) at Bury with teammates Ben Futcher and Glynn Hurst

O'Grady transferred to Oldham Athletic for an undisclosed fee on 28 May 2008,[2] making his debut in the following season on 9 August in a 4–3 win over Millwall.[3] After ten appearances for the Latics without a goal, he was loaned out to Bury.[4]

O'Grady signed on loan for Bradford City on 2 January 2009 on a month's loan.[5] His debut for Bradford came the following day when he was a second-half substitute for Michael Boulding in a 0–0 draw with Shrewsbury Town.[6] O'Grady played just two games with Bradford,[7] before he returned to Oldham and immediately joining another League One side Stockport County on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.[8] His debut for the Hatters came on 4 February, coming on at half-time in a 1–0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons.[9] O'Grady's first goal for Stockport was in his seventh game to give the side a 1–1 draw with Leicester City on 3 March 2009.[10]

O'Grady signed for Rochdale on loan on 21st August 2009 and impressed scoring 12 league goals in 21 games. On 14th January 2010 O'Grady signed a 2 1/2 year contract with Rochdale for an undisclosed fee.

23/01/10 He scored his first ever hat-rick against Cheltenham Town Football Club.


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