neil mcnab - fact file

1974 - 1978            midfielder

FULL NAME :   NEIL McNAB

Born in  on 4th June 1957 in Greenock, Scotland.

Height : - 1.70m  (5' 7")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

 

A slightly built, but technically proficient midfielder, Neil McNab was signed by Spurs as a 16 year old and made the first team alongside the likes of Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles, but eventually was squeezed out by those players

McNab attended Mount High School in Greenock as a youngster and played for Greenock Boys and Scotland Boys.  Coming through the youth system at Greenock Morton from the age of 12, Neil was made a professional at the age of 14 (the clubs' youngest ever professional) and made his Morton debut at the age of 15.  He was already a Scottish Youth (Under-18) international, having played against Belgium Youth and also played at Under-15 and Under-21 levels.

Signed as a 16 year old in February 1974, Neil McNab had already played 14 games in the season for Greenock Morton in Scotland and was regarded as one of the big talents to come out of his country for many a year.  Arriving at the club at a time of upheaval, Bill Nicholson's departure a few months after Neil being his last purchase, the youngster had to take an amateur deal to start with and his debut in the side came before he signed as a professional.  His debut gave him the honour as the youngest player in the club's history at the time.   But the slightly built midfielder failed to establish himself in the Spurs side before the signing of Ossie Ardiles pushed him back down the order in the middle of the pitch.

However, Terry Neill's reign did not help his development and when Spurs were relegated, it looked as though a more experienced side might be needed to regain the club's top flight place.  McNab was an ever-present as Tottenham went straight back up (albeit on goal difference), but the shock signing of the Argentineans squeezed him out of the side and he moved on to Bolton Wanderers in November 1978 for 250,000 and went on to play for Brighton and Hove Albion (where he also went out on loan to Leeds United and Portsmouth) and Manchester City, where he became a crucial figure in the club's rise back up the divisions after a torrid time in the 1980s.

Part of the city side who gained promotion in 1989, McNab was sold on the following season to Tranmere Rovers, where he again was a part of a successful side, winning the DAF Leyland Trophy in 1990 and losing in the final the following year.  When he dropped out of the team in 1992, he joined Huddersfield Town on loan and in the summer left to join Ayr United back in Scotland.

His time with the Buddies was not a happy one, with only a handful of games played.  The later days of his playing career were eked out at Darlington, Derry City and non-league Witton Albion, before he moved to play in America with Long Island Rough Riders.

Returning to the UK in 1994, Neil moved back to the Manchester area, where he had kept a house and gained a position as youth team coach at his former club City.  His ability with younger players was recognised and when there was a management change at Maine Road,  he moved to Portsmouth as Head of Youth Development, before heading even further west with a  move to Exeter City, where he was manager of the first team for four months in 2002 when the club were between appointments.

Neil holds the UEFA B and the USSF B licences and moved out to the US where he coaches at CFC (Cobb Futbol Club) East soccer association in Georgia USA.

Neil was a jinky, skilful midfielder, who didn't really get a prolonged spell in the first team at Tottenham but perhaps was a little light-weight in comparison with the others in that department and Spurs were well served by midfielders at the time.  But his style suited his subsequent teams and he was an effective passer and could dribble well.  Probably failed to gain more international honours, as most Scottish players at the time were more strongly built and he might have been thought to be slightly lacking physically, which is a surprise, as Scottish winger were often of his build and ability.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Greenock Morton 1972 - 3rd February 1972 v Raith Rovers (FA Cup) 22 1
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR February 1974 40,000 3rd April 1974 v Chelsea (home) (First Division) lost 1-2 (as a sub) 70 + 10 as a sub 3
Bolton Wanderers November 1978 250,000 4th November 1978 v Coventry City (home) drew 0-0 33 + 2 as a sub 4
Brighton And Hove Albion February 1980 220,000 9th February 1980 v Southampton lost 1-5 (as a sub)  100 + 3 as a sub 4
Leeds United 1982 Loan ??  6 0
Portsmouth 1982 Loan ??  0 0
Manchester City 1983 35,000 27th August 1983 v Crystal Palace (away)  won 2-0 260 + 5 as a sub 19
Tranmere Rovers January 1990 125,000 ??  105 6
Huddersfield Town 1992 Loan ??  11 0
Ayr United 1992 ?? ??  4 0
Darlington 1993 ?? ??  4 0
Derry City (Republic of Ireland) 1993 ?? ??  13 0
Witton Albion ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Long Island Rough Riders (USA) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Greenock Morton
14 League appearances; 0 goals
1 FA Cup appearances; goals
5 League Cup appearances; 1 goal
2 Texaco Cup appearances; 0 goals
Other appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
63 + 9 as a sub League appearances; 3 goals
2 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
5 + 1 as a sub League Cup appearances; 0 goals
- Other appearances; goals
Bolton Wanderers
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Brighton And Hove Albion

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Leeds United (loan)
5 League appearances; 0 goals
1 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
Portsmouth (loan)

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Manchester City
221 League appearances; 16 goals
15 FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
20 League Cup appearances; 2 goals
- Other appearances; goals
Tranmere Rovers
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Huddersfield Town (loan)

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Ayr United
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Darlington

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Derry City (Republic of Ireland)

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Witton Albion

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Long Island Rough Riders (USA)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

Honours
Scottish international
0 full caps;  0 goals
1 Under-21 cap; 0 goals
Debut : - 1978 v Wales ()
?? Under-21 caps; ?? goals
?? Under-18 caps; ?? goals
Debut : - 20th March 1974 v Belgium Youth ()
?? Under-15 caps; ?? goals
Leyland DAF Cup winners medal 1989-1990  (Tranmere Rovers)
Leyland DAF Cup runners-up medals 1990-1991  (Tranmere Rovers)
Manchester City Player of the Year
1986/87, 1988/89

Milestones
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1977

Neil McNab got engaged to Julie Parker, an 18 year old computer clerk with EMI, who lived in Edmonton.
 

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