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Was Jamesie O'Connor The Original Phil Jones?

Was Jamesie O'Connor The Original Phil Jones?
By Mark Farrelly
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I'm sure you're all familiar by now of Phil Jones' predisposition to pulling absolutely ridiculous faces while on the football field. I, like everyone else, have thought that Phil is the first of his kind in sport. I thought that no player in recent memory has shown such an ability to remould their facial features on a whim like Jones has been able to. I thought wrong...

While researching photos for a post on Cork v Clare matches in years gone by, I discovered a side of Jamesie O'Connor that I never knew. He is the original Phil Jones.

Here's him in 1997, doing a Phil Jones back when the current United defender was only five.

Photograph Brendan Moran SPORTSFILE

In the same match he further pushed the boundaries of bizarre facial expressions.

Photograph Ray McManus SPORTSFILE

A year later Jamesie was at it again. This time against Offaly.


Picture Credit: Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE

In 2003, he took time out of a match against Kilkenny to pull a John Kenny face.

Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE *EDI

By 2004, O'Connor had firmly established himself as the forerunner for the most ridiculous faces while taking part in sport. Sorry Phil Jones, you're no trend-setter!


Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *EDI*


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