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Much-loved Terry Neill led an extraordinary life on and off the pitch and leaves a wealth of happy memories

Steven Beacom


Youngest ever Arsenal captain, player/manager for Northern Ireland, top boss in north London, FA Cup wins and Maradona regretting not playing for him

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Terry Neill during his time as Arsenal manager

Terry Neill during his time as Arsenal manager

A dapper Terry Neill stands outside White Hart Lane in 1975

A dapper Terry Neill stands outside White Hart Lane in 1975

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Terry Neill in Northern Ireland training in 1966

Terry Neill in Northern Ireland training in 1966

Manager Terry Neill with Arsenal in the Juventus Stadium in 1980

Manager Terry Neill with Arsenal in the Juventus Stadium in 1980

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Terry Neill during his time as Arsenal manager

Terry Neill was a force of nature. Charisma oozed out of him, so too the most entertaining stories about stars of soccer, stage and screen. He met them all and from Diego Maradona to Bob Marley had a captivating tale to tell about every single one.

I loved chatting to Terry. He was a joy. Sadly, he has passed away, aged 80. No more enriching stories from the boy born in east Belfast and brought up in Bangor who became one of the biggest characters in football. Just memories are left now. Good ones.


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