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Neil Banfield

Personal information
Full nameNeil Anthony Banfield
Date of birth20 January 1962(age 54)
Place of birthPoplar, London, England
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubArsenal (Reserves coach)

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Neil Banfield (born 20 January 1962 in Poplar, London) is an English football player and coach. He is currently the coach of Arsenal Reserves.

As a player, Banfield had a fairly undistinguished career as a centre half, playing for Crystal Palace (1979 80) and Leyton Orient (1983 84), with a spell at Australian side Adelaide City in between. He represented Grays Athletic before his stint in the Football League.

After retiring from playing he entered coaching, and joined Arsenal in 1997. Until 2004, he 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.

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