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Dick Neal, Jr.

Personal information
Full nameRichard Marshall Neal
Place of birthDinnington, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionWing half

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Richard Marshall "Dick" Neal (born 1 October 1933) was an English professional footballer who played as a half-back. He made over 350 appearances in the Football League, played for Birmingham City in the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1960, and won four caps for England under-23.

Neal was born in Dinnington, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He came through Wolverhampton Wanderers' nursery club, Wath Wanderers, and then joined the junior ranks at the club, turning professional in 1951, but failed to break through to the first team. In 1954, he moved to Second Division Lincoln City where he played over 100 league games. While at Lincoln he was first capped for England under-23,

and remains the only player to be capped by England above youth level while at the club.

Financial difficulties caused in part by falling attendances forced Lincoln to accept the substantial offer of £15,000 plus player Bert Linnecor from First Division club Birmingham City, and in April 1957 Neal moved on.

He was a powerful player, both strong in the tackle and capable of positive attacking play; manager Arthur Turner brought him in as a replacement for Len Boyd, who had retired through injury after the 1956 FA Cup Final, and Roy Warhurst, soon to leave the club. He made nearly 200 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham, including 165 top flight League games, played for them in the final of the 1960 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and captained the side in 1960 61.

The next season he lost his place to Terry Hennessey, so moved to Middlesbrough, where injury restricted his appearances during the two seasons he spent there. He returned to Lincoln, now in Division Four, as captain for another year. He went on to try his hand at management, as player-manager of several non-league clubs in the Staffordshire area, before going into the licensed trade.

In 2006, to celebrate their 100th season in the Football League, Lincoln City fans voted for '100 League Legends', the 100 players who had represented the club with most distinction; Neal came in at number 42.

His father, also named Dick, was a professional footballer who played as a winger for Blackpool, Derby County, Southampton, Bristol City and Accrington Stanley before the Second World War.

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