Neal Bartlett

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Neal Bartlett
Personal information
Full name Neal James Bartlett
Date of birth (1975-04-07) 7 April 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Southampton, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1990–1993 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Southampton 15 (0)
1994–1995 Fareham Town
1995 BK Häcken
1995–1996 Bashley 16 (2)
1996–1997 Hereford United 3 (0)
1997 Newport County[2] 12 (0)
1997 Salisbury City
1998 Hastings Town
1998 Lymington Town
1998 New Milton Town
1999–2001 Tring Town
2001–2002 Bath City[3] 4 (1)
2001–2002 Tring Town[4]
20??–2006 Shildon
2006–2007 Ballyclare Comrades
2007–20?? Institute
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Neal James Bartlett (born 7 April 1975) is a retired English football midfielder. He played professionally for Southampton and Hereford United.

Football career[edit]

Southampton[edit]

Bartlett was born in Southampton and after playing for the city schools, he joined Southampton F.C. as a trainee. He signed as an associate schoolboy in June 1990, and his first professional contract in July 1993.[5] He made his first team debut on 1 May 1993, in the penultimate match of the 1992–93 season, as a substitute in a 1–0 home defeat to Manchester City.

He made a handful of appearances at the start of the following season, making his first start on 25 August 1993 when his cross in the 11th minute was volleyed home by Matthew Le Tissier for the opening goal in a 5–1 victory over Swindon Town.[6] After the arrival of Paul Allen in September, Bartlett was restricted to the occasional substitute appearance. Following the replacement of Bartlett's mentor, Ian Branfoot by Alan Ball in January 1994, Bartlett fell right out of the reckoning and he was released in December 1994.[5]

Minor league football[edit]

After being released by Southampton in 1994, he joined Fareham Town for the rest of the season. He then spent the summer of 1995 with Swedish side BK Häcken before signing for New Forest club Bashley [7] in November 1995. After an unsuccessful trial with Swansea City in August 1996,[5] he returned to professional football when he joined Hereford United in September 1996.

Hereford United[edit]

He made his Hereford debut on 21 September 1996, as a late substitute for Gareth Stoker, in Hereford's 3-0 win at home to Rochdale. He made two further appearances, both as substitute, before being released.[4]

Later career[edit]

He left Hereford in March 1997, moving to Newport County where he remained until the end of the season.[2] His next club was Salisbury City, who he joined in December 1997, only staying for a few weeks. He then played for a succession of minor clubs, including Hastings Town, Lymington Town and New Milton Town[5] before joining Tring Town in 1999.

By now, Bartlett had abandoned plans for a full-time career in football and in March 1999 he enlisted in the Army, joining the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.[5] He continued to play club football alongside his military career, remaining with Tring Town until joining Bath City in August 2001.[8] He scored, albeit by punching the ball into the net, on his debut against Cambridge City, but as a serving soldier found it difficult to juggle his playing and army responsibilities,[8] and played only three further games.[3] He was released by Bath and returned to Tring Town.

In the summer of 2002, after playing for the Combined Services, he was approached by Port Vale but declined to resurrect his professional football career, deciding to remain a full-time soldier.[5]

Whilst based at Catterick Garrison, Bartlett spent a year and a half as assistant manager and central midfielder for Shildon[9] leaving them in October 2006 to join Ballyclare Comrades,[10] moving from there to Institute in January 2007.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southampton - 1993–94". Football Squads. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "All-time appearance chart". Newport County AFC. Retrieved 5 February 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Player Details: Season 2001-2002". SoccerFacts UK. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Neal Bartlett played three games for Hereford...". Hereford United Online. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. p. 478. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  6. ^ In That Number. p. 229. 
  7. ^ http://www.bashleyfc.co.uk/9596apps.htm
  8. ^ a b "Past Players - B". Bath City F.C. Retrieved 5 February 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Shildon snap up Moore". NonLeagueDaily. 17 March 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Transfers". Ballyclare Comrades F.C. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 

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