Dixie McNeil

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Dixie McNeil
Personal information
Full name Richard McNeil
Date of birth (1947-01-16) 16 January 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth Melton Mowbray, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
196?–1964 Holwell Works ? (?)
1964–1966 Leicester City 0 (0)
1966–1967 Exeter City 31 (11)
1967–1969 Corby Town 0 (0)
1969–1972 Northampton Town 86 (33)
1972–1974 Lincoln City 97 (53)
1974–1977 Hereford United 129 (85)
1977–1982 Wrexham 167 (54)
1982–1983 Hereford United 12 (3)
Chirk AAA
Total 522 (239)
Teams managed
1985–1989 Wrexham
1990–1991 Coventry City (assistant)
1991–1992 Hereford United (assistant)
1994–1995 Flint Town United
1999–2000 Caernarfon Town
2004–2007 Newi Cefn Druids
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Richard "Dixie" McNeil (born 16 January 1947) is an English former footballer and manager, who played as a striker.

Playing career[edit]

As a schoolboy, McNeil signed for Leicester City F.C. after playing for local club Holwell Works, but he was released without playing for the first team. He made his Football League debut for Exeter City in the 1966-67 season against Wrexham, a club he would later play for and manage. Despite scoring in one third of the matches he played, he was released at the end of the season, dropping down into the Southern League with Corby Town, who were relegated in McNeil's first season. Northampton Town then bought him for £5,000 in May 1969.

McNeil spent two and a half seasons at Northampton, scoring in the FA Cup match against Manchester United, where George Best scored six times. He then joined fellow Fourth Division side Lincoln City. He would be top scorer at a club for the next five seasons, twice at Lincoln and three times at Hereford United after a £15,000 transfer. He helped Hereford achieve promotion to the Second Division, then the second tier of English football, in 1975-76. He was also the top goalscorer of the top four divisions of English football for that season. Hereford were to finish bottom of the Second Division despite McNeil's scoring nearly a goal every other game.

In 1977, McNeil moved to Wrexham for £60,000. He scored the equaliser at the Racecourse Ground to take Blyth Spartans to a replay at St James' Park, where he scored the winning goal. He retired from professional football in 1983 but played on in the Welsh National League with Chirk AAA, and also made an appearance in the FA Cup in 1985, at the age of 38.

Management career[edit]

McNeil became Wrexham manager in 1985 winning the Welsh Cup and progressing to the European Cup Winners' Cup in his first season.

After a spell as assistant manager at Coventry City, McNeil became a sales representative with Marston's Brewery, as well as reporting on Wrexham's games for local radio. In November 1993 he returned to football management as manager of League of Wales side Flint Town United, leading them from near relegation certainties to finish the season in fourth position. He was awarded a testimonial by Wrexham, against Kevin Keegan's Premier League side, Newcastle United in 1995.

McNeil returned to management in January 2000 as manager of struggling League of Wales side Caernarfon Town. His first win with Caernarvon was to beat Swansea City in the FAW Premier Cup quarter-final. He later became manager of another League of Wales club, Cefn Druids.

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