Neil Redfearn

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Neil Redfearn
Personal information
Full name Neil David Redfearn
Date of birth (1965-06-20) 20 June 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Dewsbury, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
(Development Squad Manager/Academy Manager)
Youth career
000?–1982 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Bolton Wanderers 35 (1)
1984–1986 Lincoln City 100 (13)
1986–1987 Doncaster Rovers 46 (14)
1987–1989 Crystal Palace 57 (10)
1989–1990 Watford 24 (3)
1990–1991 Oldham Athletic 62 (16)
1991–1998 Barnsley 292 (72)
1998–1999 Charlton Athletic 30 (3)
1999–2000 Bradford City 17 (1)
2000–2001 Wigan Athletic 22 (7)
2001–2002 Halifax Town 42 (6)
2002–2004 Boston United 54 (12)
2004 Rochdale 9 (0)
2004–2006 Scarborough 61 (18)
2006–2007 Bradford Park Avenue ? (?)
2007 Stocksbridge Park Steels ? (?)
2007 Frickley Athletic ? (?)
2007–2008 Bridlington Town ? (?)
2008 Emley ? (?)
2008 Salford City ? (?)
Total 851 (176)
Teams managed
2001 Halifax Town (caretaker)
2002 Halifax Town (caretaker)
2005–2006 Scarborough
2007 Northwich Victoria
2008 York City (caretaker)
2012 Leeds United (caretaker)
2013 Leeds United (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Neil David Redfearn (born 20 June 1965) is an English former footballer and manager who is a former First Team Coach at Leeds United now he is combining his role also as Reserve Team/Development Manager as well as the academy Manager.

Redfearn played 790 matches in the Football League, the fifth highest total of all-time, and more than a thousand first team games overall in a career that has spanned 24 years. He has had spells as caretaker manager of Halifax Town and York City and as manager of Scarborough and Northwich Victoria.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire, Redfearn began his career at Bolton Wanderers in 1982, having previously been on the books of Nottingham Forest's youth team. He later made his name as goalscoring midfielder at lower-division sides Lincoln City and Doncaster Rovers. In May 1985 he was to witness a nightmare when 56 spectators were killed in a horrendous stand fire while playing for Lincoln against Bradford City. In 1987, he was signed by Crystal Palace for £100,000, and he later played for Watford, before moving again in 1989 to Oldham Athletic.

Redfearn's last season with Oldham constituted a career highlight as he was an ever-present in the team that won the Second Division title and returned the Latics to the top-flight of English football after a gap of 68 years. Redfearn converted the injury time penalty kick in the final game of the season against Sheffield Wednesday that completed a 3–2 victory (after Oldham had trailed 2–0), and snatched the championship from West Ham United, who had prematurely been handed the trophy some 15 minutes earlier. Despite his contribution to Oldham's promotion, he became surplus to requirements with the re-signing of former club captain Mike Milligan from Everton in the off-season and Redfearn was transferred without playing for Oldham in the top flight.

In September 1991, Redfearn joined Barnsley, and it was at this club he arguably spent his prime years. In his seven seasons at Oakwell, he hardly missed a single game, and was named club captain and penalty taker. In the 1996–97 season, Redfearn scored 17 goals as Barnsley won promotion to the FA Premier League for the first time in the club's history. Redfearn missed only one game, and was Barnsley's top scorer with ten league goals in the 1997–98 season. These included Barnsley's first ever top division goal on the opening day of the season, when he put them ahead in the ninth minute at home to West Ham United, although they ended up losing the game 2–1.[2]

It was not enough to save them though, as Barnsley were relegated that season. However, despite being in his thirties, Redfearn's performances had made him a wanted man in the Premier League, and he was signed by Charlton Athletic for £1 million in the summer of 1998. He left Barnsley having played 338 first team games, scoring 84 goals.

In the 1998–99 season, his family did not settle in London, and at the end of the season, Redfearn jumped at the chance of returning to his native Yorkshire, when Bradford City paid £250,000 for his services. Redfearn did not make much impact at Bradford, scoring just once against Leicester City,[3] and joined his 10th team, Wigan Athletic after just nine months in Bradford. Despite a very good goalscoring record, Redfearn never became first-choice at Wigan either, and he dropped down two divisions to join Halifax Town in 2001.

Late playing career and managerial career[edit]

At Halifax, he also got his first taste of management, being appointed caretaker manager alongside Tony Parks following the resignaton of Paul Bracewell on 30 August.[4] His spell as caretaker manager came to an end on 12 October following the appointment of Alan Little.[5] Redfearn started a second spell in caretaker charge on 4 March 2002 due to the enforced absence of Little.[6] However, his contract with the club was terminated on 25 April and having been snubbed for the permanent manager's job he joined Boston United as player-coach.[7][8]

Redfearn spent the better part of two years at Boston, before finishing his Football League career at Rochdale in the spring of 2004.[9] Rochdale did not offer him a new contract at the end of the season,[10] meaning he finished his Football League career with 790 appearances and so being fifth in the all-time list of most Football League appearances.[11] His last league appearance for Rochdale took his total to . after which Redfearn dropped down to the Conference, where he became player-coach at Scarborough, managed at the time by his former Oldham teammate Nick Henry. He signed a new contract with Scarborough in April 2005.[12] When Henry was sacked on 24 October Redfearn was named caretaker manager,[13] before being appointed permanently on 1 November while remaining registered as a player.[14][15] Redfearn resigned on 6 July 2006 after Mark Patterson was brought in as assistant manager.[16] He subsequently signed with Northern Premier League First Division side Bradford Park Avenue later that month.[17] He made his 1,000th competitive appearance on 4 November 2006, when Bradford Park Avenue faced Solihull Borough in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.[18]

Redfearn quit Bradford Park Avenue in March 2007, joining Northern Premier League First Division rivals Stocksbridge Park Steels,[19] but left on 19 June to become manager of Conference side Northwich Victoria.[20] He resigned on 17 September 2007, after the club only managed one point from their first nine games, leaving them bottom of the Conference National.[21]

He joined Northern Premier League Premier Division club Frickley Athletic as a player in September 2007.[22] He left the club over a month later to join Bridlington Town on 5 November.[23] He left them in January 2008 after the departure of manager Ash Berry.[24] He was appointed as York City's youth team coach in February.[25] He joined Emley in July, where he would play when his commitments with York's youth team allowed.[26] Redfearn moved onto Salford City of the Northern Premier League Division One North in October 2008.[27] He took over as caretaker manager at York on 21 November 2008, following Colin Walker's sacking and was in charge for the team's 2–2 draw against Crawley Town.[28][29] Following Martin Foyle's appointment as manager on 24 November, Redfearn took up the position of assistant manager at the club.[30]

Redfearn left York over a month later after being appointed coach of the under-18 academy team at Leeds United on 30 December and he assumed this role on 1 January 2009.[31][32] He took over as manager of the Leeds reserve team in December 2010 following the sacking of Neil Thompson.[33] He was appointed caretaker manager at Leeds following the sacking of manager Simon Grayson on 1 February 2012.[34] On 4 February he won his first match in charge by beating Bristol City 3–0. It was later confirmed by club chairman Ken Bates that Redfearn would retain the managerial post for the following three games.[35] After two wins and two defeats in his four game spell as manager, Redfearn was replaced as manager by Neil Warnock as permanent manager on 18 February.[36] In April 2012, Redfearn guided Leeds' Under 18's side to a 2nd place finish in the Under 18's League, narrowly missing out on top spot to Newcastle's Under 18's team.

On 1 April following the departure of Neil Warnock,[37] Redfearn again took charge of the first team for the game at for the 1–0 defeat against Charlton Athletic on 6 April 2013.[38]

In April 2013 manager Brian McDermott announced that Redfearn would become the new First Team Coach as well as combining his role as Reserve Team/Development Squad manager. When McDermott left in may 2014 redfearn stood down from his role of first team coach to continue his role as reserve team/developemetnt squad manager as well as his role of academy manager.

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Personal life[edit]

Redfearn's father Brian is a former footballer.[1]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 April 2013.
Team From To Record Ref
G W D L Win %
Halifax Town (caretaker) 30 August 2001 12 October 2001 8 2 3 3 25.0 [40]
Halifax Town (caretaker) 4 March 2002 25 April 2002 11 3 1 7 27.3 [40]
Scarborough 24 October 2005 6 July 2006 29 6 7 16 20.7 [41]
Northwich Victoria 19 June 2007 17 September 2007 9 0 1 8 0.0 [42]
York City (caretaker) 21 November 2008 24 November 2008 1 0 1 0 0.0 [40]
Leeds United (caretaker) 1 February 2012 20 February 2012 4 2 0 2 50.0 [40]
Leeds United (caretaker) 1 April 2013 12 April 2013 1 0 0 1 0.0 [40][43]
Total 63 13 13 37 20.6

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