Neil Banfield

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Neil Banfield
Personal information
Full name Neil Anthony Banfield
Date of birth (1962-01-20) 20 January 1962 (age 55)
Place of birth Poplar, London, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Arsenal (First team coach)
Youth career
1978–1980 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1981 Crystal Palace 3 (0)
1981–1983 Adelaide City 50 (2)
1983–1985 Leyton Orient 31 (0)
1985–? Dagenham ? (?)
National team
England Schoolboys
Teams managed
1997–2004 Arsenal Youth
2004–2012 Arsenal Reserves
2012– Arsenal (First team coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Neil Banfield (born 20 January 1962 in Poplar, London) is an English football player and coach. He is currently the first-team coach of Arsenal F.C..[1]

Playing Career[edit]

As a footballer, Banfield played as a centre half, playing for Crystal Palace from 1979 to 1981 and Leyton Orient during the 1983 to 1984 season. He also had a spell at Australian side Adelaide City as well. Whilst at Palace, Banfield featured for England's national youth football team.[1]

Managerial Career[edit]

After retiring from playing he entered coaching, and joined Arsenal in 1997. Banfield thus coached and managed various youth teams at Arsenal, winning two FA Youth Cups, an FA Premier Academy League U17 title in 1999-00 and an Academy League U19 title in 2003–04. He succeeded Eddie Niedzwiecki as Arsenal Reserves coach after the former's departure for Blackburn Rovers in September 2004. He was also Republic of Ireland U21 assistant manager under Don Givens between April 2004 and May 2005. On 24 May 2012 it was announced that Neil Banfield became the first-team coach for Arsenal.[2]


Crystal Palace

FA Youth Cup: 1978


  1. ^ a b "Neil Banfield". Arsenal F.C. 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bould and Banfield join first-team staff". Retrieved 24 May 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Eddie Niedzwiecki
Arsenal Reserves Coach
Succeeded by
Steve Gatting