Neale Fenn

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Neale Fenn
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Neale Fenn at Leyton Orient
Personal information
Full name Neale Michael Charles Fenn
Place of birth Edmonton, London, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Longford Town (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Tottenham Hotspur 11 (0)
1998Leyton Orient (loan) 3 (0)
1998Norwich City (loan) 7 (1)
1998Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
1999Lincoln 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)
Teams managed
2017 Leyton Orient (assistant)
2017– Longford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Neale Fenn (born 18 January 1977) is a retired professional footballer who is the current manager of League of Ireland First Division club Longford Town[1]

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.[2]

Fenn went on loan to several clubs including Norwich City in the First Division. At Norwich he scored once; his goal coming in a 5-0 win against Swindon Town.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] He also scored what proved to be the all-important away goal in City's 2005-06 UEFA Cup win against Swedish side Djurgården.[7]

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.[8] 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[9]

He netted again in the Europa League.[10]

On 29 July 2010, he announced his retirement from football with immediate effect due to personal reasons.[11] 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.[12] He explained his reasons for joining the Hoops.[13]

On the 7th April 2017 he was announced as Leyton Orient assistant manager until the end of the season.[14]

On the 27th of June 2017, Longford Town F.C. of the League of Ireland First Division announced he was their new manager.[1]

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.[15]

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.[16]

The same year he was called up to senior squad twice.[17] [18]


  1. ^ a b "Neale Fenn announced as Longford Town FC manager". 27 June 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Tottenham 3 Carlisle 2". Sporting Life. 17 September 1997. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Neale Fenn". Retrieved 20 October 2016.
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  7. ^ "Djurgardens IF vs. Cork - Football Match Summary - August 11, 2005 - ESPN". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  8. ^ "BBC SPORT - Football - Europe - Bohemians run riot against Rhyl". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Fenn signs for Dundalk". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  11. ^ Fenn retires from football
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2010. Fenn signs for Shamrock Rovers
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  14. ^ "NEWS: Fenn and Bozkurt added to O's backroom staff". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  15. ^ "FIFA Tournaments - Players & Coaches - Neale FENN". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
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