Neale Fenn

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Neale Fenn
Personal information
Full name Neale Michael Charles Fenn
Date of birth (1977-01-18) 18 January 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Edmonton, London, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Tottenham Hotspur 11 (0)
1998 Leyton Orient (loan) 3 (0)
1998 Norwich City (loan) 7 (1)
1998 Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
1999 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2001–2003 Peterborough United 50 (14)
2003 Waterford United 19 (4)
2004–2006 Cork City 84 (27)
2007–2009 Bohemians 69 (5)
2010 Dundalk 22 (4)
2010 Shamrock Rovers 9 (0)
Total 281 (55)
National team
1997–1999 Republic of Ireland U21 8 (3)
1999 Republic of Ireland B 1 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Neale Fenn (born 18 January 1977) is a retired professional footballer. Neale played his last game in 2010

Early career[edit]

Fenn previously played for Spurs, making his professional debut in January 1997 starting a memorable 3rd round FA Cup tie at Manchester United in 1997 alongside Rory Allen, which Spurs lost 2–0. He made his league debut, as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in April.

He made only 10 appearances for Spurs, scoring once, in a League Cup tie against Carlisle in September 1997.[1]

Fenn went on loan to several clubs including Norwich City in the First Division.

League of Ireland career[edit]

Signed for Waterford United in August 2003 making his League of Ireland debut as a substitute for Daryl Murphy in a home game against Derry.[2]

His form and skill saw him transferring to Cork City F.C. for the 2004 season. He made a scoring debut on the opening day of the season.[3] His 3 seasons at Turners Cross (stadium) established him as one of the most highly regarded players in Ireland and he won his first League of Ireland Championship in 2005 in the same team as Kevin Doyle.

Fenn scored two European goals for Cork. He netted at FC Nantes in the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup.[4] He also scored what proved to be the all-important away goal in City's 2005-06 UEFA Cup win against Swedish side Djurgårdens.[5]

Fenn was signed for Bohemians after his contract with Cork City expired in November 2006, becoming the first signing of new Bohs manager Sean Connor. After failing to score a league goal in his first season at Dalymount Park, Fenn was revitalised under the management of Pat Fenlon and played an important role in Bohs' 2008 league championship triumph. He scored against Rhyl F.C. in the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup.[6] He added another league winners medal to his collection in 2009 but was released by Bohs when his contract expired at the end of the season.

In January 2010, Fenn moved to Dundalk[7]

He netted again in the Europa League.[8]

On 29 July 2010, he announced his retirement from football with immediate effect due to personal reasons.[9] Fenn insisted he would not be making a return to football. "I think once you finish you might as well finish rather than making all sorts of comebacks. At the moment, I can’t see myself coming back at all." However, only four days later on 3 August 2010 signed for Shamrock Rovers until the end of the 2010 season.[10] He explained his reasons for joining the Hoops.[11]

International career[edit]

Neale has been capped for Republic of Ireland at U15, U16, U18, U20, U21 and 'B' levels.

Fenn was part of Brian Kerr's 1997 under-20 squad which won bronze in the FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia in 1997.[12]

In September 1997 Fenn was sent off for flooring an Icelandic opponent who laughed at his penalty miss in an Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team international.[13]

The same year he was called up to senior squad twice.[14] [15]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Cork City

Bohemians

Shamrock Rovers

  • League of Ireland (1) : 2010

National[edit]

Republic of Ireland U-20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tottenham 3 Carlisle 2". BBC. 17 September 1997. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/2003/0823/Pg044.html#Ar04404
  3. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/2004/0320/Pg052.html#Ar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
  4. ^ http://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/soccer-scoreboard-163634.html
  5. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=187736&cc=5739
  6. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/7459721.stm
  7. ^ Fenn signs for Dundalk
  8. ^ http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2010/0708/dundalk.html
  9. ^ http://www.dundalkfc.com/news/100729_Fenn.asp Fenn retires from football
  10. ^ http://extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/4025/ Fenn signs for Shamrock Rovers
  11. ^ http://www.pfai.ie/news/250-statement-from-neale-fenn-through-the-pfai
  12. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/statisticsandrecords/players/player=193917/index.html
  13. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/1997/0906/Pg019.html#Ar01903
  14. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/1997/0909/Pg019.html#Ar01901
  15. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/1997/1027/Pg027.html#Ar02701

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