Terry Neill, ex-Arsenal, Tottenham and Northern Ireland manager, dies

Former Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Northern Ireland manager Terry Neill has died aged 80.

Neill became the youngest player to captain the Gunners during his 11-year career there in 1962 and managed them between 1976 and 1983, guiding Arsenal to FA Cup glory in 1979 while reaching three consecutive finals.

After two years at Tottenham’s Seven Sisters High Road, replacing the great Bill Nicholson, he returned to Highbury as manager.

Arsenal said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that the club have learned of the death of former manager and captain Terry Neill at the age of 80.

“Terry was associated with the club for over 20 years, first as a player, having joined us in December 1959 as a 17-year-old from Bangor City in his native Northern Ireland.

“The midfielder’s combination of tenacity, vision and natural leadership soon forced him into the first-team squad and made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday on 23 December 1960. Just two years later, at the age of 20, he was named Arsenal’s youngest-ever captain by new boss Billy Wright.

(Hulton Archive)

“Terry Neill’s status as both club captain and manager made him a huge influence on Arsenal in the 20th century. His fantastic contribution – and indeed his character – will always be appreciated by everyone associated with the club.

“Our thoughts are with Terry’s family and close friends at this difficult time.”

Neill, who won 59 caps for Northern Ireland and also played for and managed Hull, took over the part-time management of his country between 1971 and 1975.

He leaves behind his wife Sandra, two daughters and four grandchildren.

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