Ian McNeill

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Ian McNeill
Personal information
Full name John McKeand McNeill
Date of birth (1932-02-24) 24 February 1932 (age 82)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1956 Aberdeen 7 (1)
1956–1959 Leicester City 72 (26)
1959–1962 Brighton & Hove Albion 116 (12)
1962–1964 Southend United 41 (3)
Teams managed
1968–1970 Wigan Athletic
1976–1981 Wigan Athletic
1987–1990 Shrewsbury Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ian McNeill (born 24 February 1932) is a former professional footballer and manager.

Playing at inside forward, McNeill's career included stints at Aberdeen, Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southend United. Upon retiring, McNeill moved into management, taking charge of Wigan Athletic between 1968 and 1970. He returned to the club for a second spell six years later, leaving in 1981 to become assistant manager to John Neal at Chelsea.

While at Chelsea, McNeill was instrumental in signing players like Pat Nevin, Joe McLaughlin, David Speedie and Kerry Dixon, players who would drastically turn around the club's fortunes and win promotion in 1983–84. When Neal was sidelined with ill-health during the 1984–85 season, McNeill also took temporary charge of first team affairs.

He returned to management in 1987, this time with Shrewsbury Town and remained until 1990. He has since been a scout for Bolton Wanderers, Leeds United, Norwich City and Chelsea.


  • IAN McNEILL, Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database

After leaving Southend United in 1964, McNeil joined Ross County a then Scottish Highland Football League club as player/manager prior to joining Wigan Athletic, a then Northern Premier League club, four years later in 1968 as manager.