Terry Neill

Terry Neill

Terry Neill played over 270 games for Arsenal and at 20 years old became the youngest captain in Club history.

But it is for his time as manager that the Ulsterman will be best remembered.

Neill crossed the North London divide after managing Tottenham and guided Arsenal to a European final and three consecutive FA Cup finals in the late 1970s and early 1980s, winning the trophy in 1979.

As a player, Neill joined Arsenal from Bangor City for £2,500 in December 1959.

The half back made the first of his 272 starts for the Club one year later in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Neill, young and ambitious after moving to Highbury as a 17-year-old, earned recognition at youth and senior international level for Northern Ireland during his 11 years as a player in north London. He also captained his country.

Neill established himself as a regular first choice in the 1964/65 season under Billy Wright before keeping his place under Bertie Mee. He made 166 appearances over a five-season period.

The defender was part of the side that lost to Leeds in the 1968 League Cup final, replacing David Jenkins as a substitute.

Neill was chairman of the PFA in 1967 and transferred to Hull City as player-manager for £40,000 in June 1970.

He won further international honours there before taking the reins at Northern Ireland. Neill managed Spurs for two seasons and almost experienced relegation before he was recruited by Arsenal in 1976 - becoming the youngest manager in the Club's history.

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