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Neil McNab
Personal information
Full name Neil McNab
Date of birth 4 June 1957 (1957-06-04) (age 52)
Place of birth    Greenock, Scotland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Greenock Morton
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1972-1974
1974-1978
1978-1980
1980-1983
1982
1983
1983-1990
1990-1992
1992
1992-1993
1993-1994
1993
1994
Greenock Morton
Tottenham Hotspur
Bolton Wanderers
Brighton and Hove Albion
Leeds United (loan)
Portsmouth (loan)
Manchester City
Tranmere Rovers
Huddersfield Town (loan)
Ayr United
Darlington
Derry City
Witton Albion
Long Island Rough Riders
014 0(0)
072 0(3)
035 0(4)
103 0(4)
005 0(0)
000 0(0)
221 (16)
105 0(6)
011 0(0)
004 0(0)
004 0(0)
0013 0(0)   
National team
Scotland Under 21 001 0(0)
Teams managed
2002 Exeter City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Neil McNab (born 4 June 1957) is a former Scottish footballer who played in the midfield position.

Playing career

McNab began his career in 1972 with Greenock Morton where he made 14 appearances before 1974, becoming the club’s youngest ever professional. He was signed by Tottenham Hotspur and became their youngest ever first team player at age 16. He made 72 appearances for Spurs, scoring 3 goals. He played for the Scottish national team at the U-15, U-18 and U-21 levels.

In November 1978 he was transferred to Bolton Wanderers for a fee of £250,000, making 35 appearances and scoring 4 goals, before Brighton and Hove Albion acquired his services for the fee of £220,000 in February 1980. During 1982 he played in loan spells at Leeds United and Portsmouth.

Then in 1983 he signed for £35,000 for Manchester City with whom he stayed until 1990. He was arguably City's player of the eighties, being voted Player of the Year in both the 1986-87 and 1988-89 seasons. A skilful and very combative defensive midfielder, Neil inspired a young team to promotion from the Second Division in 1989. He played 221 league matches for City and scored 16 goals.

He left for Tranmere Rovers in January 1990 for £125,000, the third six-figure move of his career, and played over 100 first-team games for them, including two Leyland-DAF Cup finals at Wembley.

He subsequently also enjoyed spells playing for Huddersfield Town, Ayr United, Darlington, Derry City, Witton Albion, and the Long Island Rough Riders in the USA.

Made his Derry debut in October 1993 [1].

Coaching and management career

In the summer of 1994 he rejoined Manchester City as Youth Team Coach but lost his job in the managerial upheaval in 1997. He then coached at Portsmouth in their youth development programme. In October 2002 he was appointed manager of Exeter City, a position he held for just four months.

Now in 2009, he coaches many teams at the CFC East (Cobb Futbol Club) soccer association.

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