Terry Neill, former manager of Arsenal has died at the age of 80. From 1978 to 1980, Neill led Arsenal to three consecutive FA Cup finals, one of which they won, as well as the 1980 Cup Winners’ Cup final, from 1978 to 1980.
Neill was a defender for Arsenal, Hull, and Northern Ireland before becoming player-manager at Hull at the age of 28 in 1970. In 1974, he left Hull to replace Bill Nicholson at Tottenham, and two years later, he joined Arsenal.
He stayed at Arsenal until his dismissal in December 1983 and never managed again. He was only 41 years old at the time.
Neil’s only trophy for Arsenal was the FA Cup, where his side defeated Manchester United in the 1979 final.
His team defeated Juventus to advance to the 1980 Cup Winners’ Cup final against Valencia. However, he failed to win the trophy as Arsenal lost on penalties. But In the league, he helped Arsenal to a 3rd place finish, the highest ever finish for the team during his reign.
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Neill joined Arsenal from Bangor City in December 1959 for £2,500 and played there for more than ten years. He participated in 275 games for the team and, at the age of 20, became their youngest-ever captain. He later served as their youngest-ever manager.