Neal Bishop

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Neal Bishop
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Bishop playing for York City in 2007
Personal information
Full name Neal Robert Bishop[1]
Date of birth (1981-08-07) 7 August 1981 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Stockton-on-Tees, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Scunthorpe United
Number 12
Youth career
Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–2002 Billingham Town
2002 Gateshead 10 (2)
2002–? Billingham Town
2003–2004 Spennymoor United 38 (3)
2004–2005 Whitby Town 23 (1)
2005–2006 Scarborough 34 (1)
2006–2007 York City 59 (4)
2007–2009 Barnet 83 (3)
2009–2013 Notts County 168 (11)
2013–2014 Blackpool 35 (1)
2014– Scunthorpe United 0 (0)
National team
2007 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:23, 14 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Neal Robert Bishop (born 7 August 1981) is an English professional footballer who plays for Scunthorpe United as a midfielder. He previously played for Billingham Town, Gateshead, Spennymoor United, Whitby Town, Scarborough, York City, Barnet, Notts County and Blackpool.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Stockton-on-Tees, North East England, Bishop began his career with Middlesbrough in their youth system.[2] After being released by Middlesbrough as a teenager he moved to Northern League side Billingham Town and played there for a number of years.[2][3] In a match in 2001, he played alongside his brother Craig, aged 16, and father Rob, aged 46, as the team had eight matches to play in 15 days towards the end of the 2000–01 season.[4] He made 11 appearances and scored two goals for Gateshead in all competitions in the 2002–03 season,[5] before leaving in October 2002 and re-signing for Billingham.[6][7] He played for Spennymoor United in the 2003–04 season, making 38 appearances and scoring three goals.[8] He made 25 appearances and scored one goal for Whitby Town in the 2004–05 season.[9]

Scarborough[edit]

He signed for Scarborough of the Conference National in March 2005 on a contract until the end of the 2004–05 season,[10] following a week-long trial.[11] He made 11 appearances and scored one goal for Scarborough during this season,[9] and signed a deal to keep him at the club for the 2005–06 season in May.[11] Here, he made a name for himself and was chosen as captain for the 2005–06 season.[citation needed] His lip was cut in an alleged clash with Denny Ingram in the tunnel following a game against Halifax Town in November, which Bishop decided not to press charges against.[12]

York City[edit]

He was signed by Conference National rivals York City for an undisclosed nominal fee on 31 January 2006.[13][14] He finished the season with 14 appearances and one goal for York and signed a new contract with the club in July.[15][16] He scored the winning goal against Oxford United with a 20 yard volley on the final day of the 2006–07 season, meaning York secured a place in the Conference National play-offs.[17] He was voted as the York City Clubman of the Year for the season the same day,[18] finishing the season with 49 appearances and scoring three goals.[19] He was named in the England National Game XI team in May to play in the Four Nations Tournament.[20] Bishop rejected a new deal at York, saying he wanted his salary to fall in line with the club's top earners.[21]

Barnet[edit]

He signed for League Two team Barnet in June on a free transfer as he was out of contract with York.[22] He said he decided to join Barnet so he could fulfil a lifelong ambition of playing in the Football League.[23] He made his debut against Morecambe on 11 August 2007 and was sent off for violent conduct in his second game against Norwich City in the League Cup on 14 August 2007,[24][25] which resulted in a three-match suspension.[26] He finished the 2007–08 season with 47 appearances and two goals for Barnet,[27] and handed in a transfer request in April 2008 after turning down an improved contract with the club.[28] Despite this, the club exercised their option to extend his contract for another season in May.[29] He was removed from the transfer list at his own request after the start of the 2008–09 season.[30]

Bishop playing for Barnet in 2008

Bishop was appointed as Barnet's captain in November after Ismail Yakubu gave up the role.[31] He suffered a fractured jaw after being kicked in the face during a match against Darlington by Ricky Ravenhill in December, which ruled him out for the Christmas period.[32] He finished the season with 48 appearances, scoring one goal,[33] and was offered a new contract at Barnet.[34]

Notts County[edit]

Bishop agreed to join fellow League Two team Notts County on 20 May 2009,[35] and a day later he signed a pre-contract agreement to join the club on 1 July.[36] He made 51 appearances and scored one goal for the club during the 2009–10 season, in which County won the League Two title and thus promotion to League One.[37] He signed a two-year contract extension with County on 5 July 2010, which contracted him at the club until June 2012.[38] In January 2011, he scored in County's 1–1 draw against Premier League side Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup, which saw them earn a replay at the City of Manchester Stadium.[39] At the closing stages of the 2010–11 he was named as the new team captain by Paul Ince. He finished the 2010–11 season with 51 appearances and two goals.[40] On 10 May 2011, Bishop signed a new two-year contract with County, keeping him at the club until June 2013.[41] His contract with the club was cancelled by mutual consent on 19 June 2013.[42]

Blackpool[edit]

Bishop signed for Championship side Blackpool on a five-month contract on 2 August 2013.[43] He scored his first goal for Blackpool in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on 14 September 2013.[44] On 2 December 2013 Bishop extended his contract at Blackpool until the end of the 2013/14 season.[45]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Bishop signed for newly promoted League One club Scunthorpe United on a two-year contract on 19 June 2014.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

Bishop playing for Notts County in 2012
As of match played 3 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gateshead 2002–03[5] NPL Premier Division 10 2 1 0 0 0 11 2
Spennymoor United 2003–04[8] NPL Premier Division 38 3 0 0 0 0 38 3
Whitby Town 2004–05[9] NPL Premier Division 23 1 0 0 2[a] 0 25 1
Scarborough 2004–05[9] Conference National 10 1 0 0 1[b] 0 11 1
2005–06[47] Conference National 24 0 0 0 1[a] 0 25 0
Total 34 1 0 0 2 0 36 1
York City 2005–06[15] Conference National 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
2006–07[19] Conference National 45 3 2 0 2[c] 0 49 3
Total 59 4 2 0 2 0 63 4
Barnet 2007–08[27] League Two 39 2 6 0 1 0 1[d] 0 47 2
2008–09[33] League Two 44 1 2 0 1 0 1[d] 0 48 1
Total 83 3 8 0 2 0 2 0 95 3
Notts County 2009–10[37] League Two 43 1 6 0 1 0 1[d] 0 51 1
2010–11[40] League One 43 1 5 1 3 0 0 0 51 2
2011–12[48] League One 41 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 46 2
2012–13[49] League One 41 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 45 7
Total 168 11 18 1 6 0 1 0 193 12
Blackpool 2013–14[50] Championship 35 1 1 0 0 0 36 1
Career total 450 26 30 1 8 0 9 0 497 27
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in Conference League Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in Conference National play-offs
  4. ^ a b c Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Notts County

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ a b Brown, Steve (20 February 2011). "Neal Bishop has Cup shock in his sights". Sunday Sun (Newcastle upon Tyne). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "BTFC – history". Billingham Town F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Bishop family affair that's talk of the Town". The Northern Echo (Darlington). 22 May 2001. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Gateshead F.C. 2002/03". Unofficial Gateshead Football Club Statistics Database. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Archived News and Information 10 to 18 October 2002". Altrincham F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Lindoe hails Brandon's four-midable display". The Northern Echo (Darlington). 14 October 2002. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Player Details: Season 2003–2004". SoccerFactsUK. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d Appearances and goals for this season are taken from:
    "Player Details: Season 2004–2005". SoccerFactsUK. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
    "Neal Bishop season details 2004/2005". Grimsby Town Mad. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Seasiders move to capture Bishop". BBC Sport. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Bishop looks forward to being full-time". Non-League Daily. 13 May 2005. Retrieved 24 July 2007. 
  12. ^ "Ingram not facing Bishop charges". BBC Sport. 30 November 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Scarborough skipper joins York". BBC Sport. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Bishop swishes into City". Evening Press (York). 1 February 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Batters, Dave (2008). York City: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. pp. 407–421. ISBN 978-1-85983-633-0. 
  16. ^ "Trio sign fresh contracts at York". BBC Sport. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Carroll, Steve (30 April 2007). "York City 1, Oxford United 0". The Press (York). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  18. ^ Carroll, Steve (1 May 2007). "Flock of awards is Bishop's reward". The Press (York). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  19. ^ a b Batters. York City: The Complete Record. pp. 409–421. 
  20. ^ "Four Nations squads are announced". BBC Sport. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  21. ^ Flett, Dave (31 May 2007). "Bishop rejects City deal but wants to stay". The Press (York). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "Barnet bag York midfielder Bishop". BBC Sport. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  23. ^ Flett, Dave (16 June 2007). "Desire for league patrol stirs Bishop". The Press (York). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  24. ^ "Morecambe 0–0 Barnet". BBC Sport. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  25. ^ "Norwich 5–2 Barnet". BBC Sport. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  26. ^ "Bishop Gets Three Match Ban". Barnet F.C. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Neil Bishop in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  28. ^ "Bishop hands in transfer request". BBC Sport. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  29. ^ "Barnet extend Birchall contract". BBC Sport. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  30. ^ "Barnet duo come off transfer list". BBC Sport. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  31. ^ "Bishop is the new skipper". Barnet F.C. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 
  32. ^ "Barnet rocked by injury to Bishop". BBC Sport. 22 December 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Neil Bishop in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  34. ^ "Bishop may stay". Barnet F.C. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2009. 
  35. ^ "Magpies swoop for Barnet's Bishop". BBC Sport. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  36. ^ "Bishop Arrives To Pen County Deal". Notts County F.C. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Neil Bishop in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  38. ^ "Neal Bishop signs extended Notts County contract". BBC Sport. 5 July 2001. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  39. ^ Lillywhite, Jamie (30 January 2011). "Notts County 1 – 1 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  40. ^ a b "Games played by Neil Bishop in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  41. ^ "Neal Bishop agrees new Notts County contract". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  42. ^ "Bishop Departs Meadow Lane". Notts County F.C. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  43. ^ "Blackpool sign free agent Neal Bishop on short-term contract". BBC Sport. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  44. ^ "Bournemouth 1 - 2 Blackpool". BBC. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  45. ^ "Bishop's Contract Delight". Blackpool F.C. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  46. ^ "Scunthorpe United sign Neal Bishop from Blackpool". BBC Sport. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  47. ^ "Neal Bishop season details 2005/2006". Grimsby Town Mad. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  48. ^ "Games played by Neil Bishop in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  49. ^ "Games played by Neil Bishop in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  50. ^ "Games played by Neil Bishop in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 

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