Neal Horgan receiving a guard of honour at his testimonial for Cork City FC
|Full name||Neal Horgan|
|Date of birth||29 November 1979|
|Place of birth||San Francisco, United States|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2009||Douglas Hall, Cork||?||(?)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Youth and schoolboy success
Neal attended primary school in Glasheen Boys' School. Later, he won three Munster Schools Senior soccer titles with his secondary school Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, in Bishopstown, County Cork. He also received two Munster Youth Cup winners medals with Wilton for his part in a very successful team. Following this success, Horgan represented his college and his country at the World University Games. He signed for Cork City and competed with Alan Carey for the right fullback position.
Under manager Pat Dolan, Horgan played at right fullback for Cork City before fracturing his leg in April 2004 during a Munster derby against Waterford United, ruling him out of the club's UEFA Inter-Toto Cup campaign. (The then under-21 level prospect, and future club captain, Cillian Lordan deputised for Horgan in his absence). Horgan recovered ahead of schedule to reclaim his place as the season came to a close.
Because of his birth on American soil Neal is eligible to work without visa issues in the United States. During the following Winter off-season (January 2007) Neal investigated the possibility of combining his football and law experience in the US, participating in a pre-season camp in Mexico with Colorado Rapids before choosing instead to return to Cork City for the start of the 2007 campaign.
Neal announced his retirement from professional football after the 2009 season, to further his studies in Law, but then signed for non-professional side Douglas Hall and in June 2010 signed a new contract with Cork City.
He works for Healy O'Connor Solicitors.
- League of Ireland (1): 2005
- FAI Cup (1): 2007
- Setanta Sports Cup (1): 2008
- League of Ireland First Division (1): 2011