Neil Smillie

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Neil Smillie
Personal information
Full name Neil Smillie
Date of birth (1958-07-19) 19 July 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1974–1975 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1982 Crystal Palace[1] 83 (7)
1977 Brentford (loan)[2] 3 (0)
1978 Memphis Rogues (loan) 28 (2)
1979 Memphis Rogues (loan) 20 (5)
1982–1985 Brighton & Hove Albion[3] 75 (2)
1985–1988 Watford[4] 16 (3)
1986–1988 Reading[5] 39 (0)
1988–1993 Brentford[2] 172 (18)
1993–1995 Gillingham[6] 53 (3)
Teams managed
1995 Gillingham
1996 Wycombe Wanderers
1998–1999 Wycombe Wanderers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Neil Smillie (born Barnsley, 19 July 1958) is an English former professional football player and manager. He played for a number of clubs, with the high point of his career being an appearance in the 1983 FA Cup Final for Brighton & Hove Albion.

Playing career[edit]

The son of former Barnsley and Lincoln City player Ron Smillie, Neil Smillie began his career with Crystal Palace, where he spent seven years, during which he had a spell on loan at Brentford and also spent two summers playing for Memphis Rogues in the North American Soccer League. In 1982 he was sold to Brighton & Hove Albion. During his time with the south coast club he played in the 1983 FA Cup Final, in which Brighton held Manchester United to a 2–2 draw before losing in a replay.[7]

In 1985 Smillie moved to Watford for a fee of £100,000 but his spell at Vicarage Road was an unsuccessful one, with only 16 first-team appearances in three years, and in 1988 he moved on to Reading. A year later he was on the move again to Brentford, where he was a first-team regular for five years, notching up over 170 appearances.

Managerial career[edit]

In 1993, new Gillingham manager Mike Flanagan made Smillie his first signing, appointing him as player-coach. After Flanagan was dismissed as manager by the receivers whilst Gillingham were in administration in 1995, Smillie was appointed manager for the remainder of the season.[7]

When new owners took over Gillingham in the summer of 1995, Smillie moved on to Wycombe Wanderers, where he served as youth team coach. He had a brief spell as caretaker manager in 1996, and later gained the job on a permanent basis in 1998. His stint in charge was a short one, however, as he was sacked the following year.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CRYSTAL PALACE : 1946/47 – 2005/06". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 20 August 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "BRENTFORD : 1946/47 – 2005/06". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 20 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : 1946/47 – 2005/06". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 20 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "WATFORD : 1946/47 – 2005/06". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 20 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "READING : 1946/47 – 2006/07". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 20 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "GILLINGHAM : 1950/51 – 2005/06". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 20 August 2007. 
  7. ^ a b c Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. pp. p298. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X.