|Full name||Neil Anthony Banfield|
|Date of birth||20 January 1962|
|Place of birth||Poplar, London, England|
|Arsenal (first team coach)|
|1992–1997||Charlton Athletic (head youth coach)|
|2012–||Arsenal (first team coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Banfield was born in Poplar, London. He began his football career as a centre half with Crystal Palace, with whom he won the 1978 FA Youth Cup in a 1–0 victory over Aston Vila. When he left Palace in 1981, he had a spell with Australian side Adelaide City. Banfield moved again in 1983, to Leyton Orient with whom he spent one season.
After his retirement he became a coach. He started his coaching career with Charlton Athletic with whom he spent five years as the head coach at the club's academy. Banfield then joined Arsenal, in 1997. Banfield went on to coach Arsenal's academy teams with whom he won two FA Youth Cups, an FA Premier Academy League U17 title in 1999–2000 and an U19 League title in 2001–02. He then succeeded Eddie Niedzwiecki as the coach of Arsenal Reserves after the former's departure for Blackburn Rovers in September 2004.
Banfield also served under Don Givens as the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland U21 team. He held this post from April 2004 to May of the following year. On 24 May 2012, Banfield took up the position of first-team coach for Arsenal, a role which he still undertakes.
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- Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 72. ISBN 0907969542.
- Greenwood, Mark. "Football's unsung heroes – Arsenal's Neil Banfield". Football Fancast.com. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
- "Bould and Banfield join first-team staff". Arsenal F.C. 24 May 2012. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- Neil Banfield at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
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