Arsenal legend Terry Neill – who was the youngest ever captain for the Gunners and received the FA Cup as their supervisor in 1979 – dies aged 80
- Former Arsenal defender and supervisor Terry Neill has died on the age of 80
- Neill is the Gunners’ youngest ever captain after main the aspect aged 20
- He additionally skippered Northern Eire, incomes 44 caps for his nation
- Neill guided Arsenal to a few successive FA Cup finals as a supervisor
Terry Neill, the primary man to handle on each side of the north London divide and who led the crimson half to FA Cup glory in 1979, has died on the age of 80.
The Northern Irishman spent nearly all of his enjoying profession as a centre half with Arsenal from 1960 to 1970 — together with a 12 months because the membership’s youngest captain at 20 — earlier than spending the ultimate three seasons of his profession as player-manager at Hull and for his nation.
He made his Northern Eire debut in 1961 and was named captain in 1968 on his strategy to 59 caps, then a nationwide document earlier than being overtaken by Pat Jennings — a participant Neill would later handle at Arsenal.
Former Arsenal captain and supervisor Terry Neill (above) has died on the age of 80
Neill is Arsenal’s youngest ever captain, having led the workforce when he was simply 20
On the age of 32, he succeeded Invoice Nicholson as supervisor of Tottenham, staying for 2 seasons earlier than swapping N17 for N5. It was at Arsenal that he loved his best successes, main the Gunners to a few consecutive FA Cup finals from 1978 to 1980 and profitable the center one.
That was the famed ‘5-Minute Last’, received by Alan Sunderland’s 89th-minute aim seconds after Manchester United had cancelled out Arsenal’s 2-0 lead.
A 12 months later Neill masterminded one in all Arsenal’s most well-known European victories, changing into the primary English workforce to win at Juventus’s Stadio Communale courtesy of a header by Paul Vaessen, who was thrown on by Neill with quarter-hour to play.
It took Arsenal to the Cup-Winners’ Cup remaining, which they misplaced on penalties to Valencia.
Neill additionally managed the Gunners and led them to a few consecutive FA Cup finals
In 1979 he got here near one of many nice switch coups, however was thwarted by work-permit guidelines. ‘Once I was 19, Arsenal tried to purchase me, but it surely didn’t occur,’ mentioned Diego Maradona. ‘I typically surprise what may need occurred.’ Lee Chapman arrived as an alternative.
In 1983, Neill was proven the door with Arsenal sixteenth within the First Division, and stop the sport at 41. He later labored as a newspaper columnist, TV pundit and managed sports activities bars.
An Arsenal assertion learn: ‘Terry Neill’s standing as each membership captain and supervisor made him a serious affect on Twentieth-century Arsenal. His unbelievable contribution — and certainly his character — will at all times be appreciated by all related to the membership.’