Where was Patrick O'Connell born? Could you tell me some information about his playing and managerial career in Britain and in Spain. I know he was Real Betis manager when they became League Champions in 1934-35, and then he was Barcelona manager in 1935-36 when they were beaten by Real Madrid 2-1 at Mestalla in the Spanish Championship ("Copa"). Maybe he was also Racing de Santander manager, but I'm not sure.
Did Patrick O'Connell stay in Spain after Civil War broke out? Could you tell what happened with Patrick O'Connell after the Spanish Civil War was finished?
Do you know something about Patrick O'Connell being purified or investigated by the fascist authorities on having finished the Spanish civil war? That wasn't a surprise in those terrible days. The great Ricardo Zamora for example, was arrested and taken to a republican prison for writing sports articles in one daily right-wing " The Debate ". People didn't know anything about him for some time and a lot of people thought he had been shot dead like thousands of people in the first months of the war. But fortunately he was released and could go to France, when he spent the war years playing for Nice. When war was finished, and he returned to Spain and became manager of At. Aviación ( a merger between Atlético de Madrid and a military team - Aviación Nacional-).
Nevertheless, also on having finished the war, it was judged by the new authorities and it happened a few months from May 1940 to October removed from his trainer's charge in At. Aviación.