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Neil Redfearn
Personal information
Full name Neil David Redfearn
Date of birth 20 June 1965 (1965-06-20) (age 44)
Place of birth    Dewsbury, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Salford City (player)
Leeds United (under-18s coach)
Youth career
1981 Nottingham Forest
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Bolton Wanderers
Lincoln City
Doncaster Rovers
Crystal Palace
Oldham Athletic
Charlton Athletic
Bradford City
Wigan Athletic
Halifax Town
Boston United
Bradford Park Avenue
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Northwich Victoria
Frickley Athletic
Bridlington Town
Salford City
035 00(1)
100 0(13)
046 0(14)
057 0(10)
024 00(3)
062 0(16)
292 0(71)
030 00(3)
017 00(1)
022 00(7)
042 00(6)
054 0(12)
009 00(0)
060 0(17)
027 00(5)
001 00(0)
000 00(0)
007 00(3)
00? 00(?)
004 00(2)
00? 00(?)
889 (184)   
Teams managed
Halifax Town (caretaker)
Halifax Town (caretaker)
Northwich Victoria
York City (caretaker)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18:09, 1 November 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Neil David Redfearn (born 20 June 1965) is an English footballer and manager, who plays for Salford City and is under-18s coach at Leeds United. He has played 790 matches in the Football League, the fifth highest total of all-time, and more than a thousand first-team games overall in a career that has spanned 24 years. He was previously the manager of Halifax Town, Scarborough and Northwich Victoria.



Born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Redfearn began his professional career at Bolton Wanderers in 1982, having previously been on the books of Nottingham Forest's youth team. He later made his name as goalscoring midfielder at lower-division sides Lincoln and Doncaster. In 1987, he was signed by Crystal Palace for £100,000, and he later played for Watford, before moving again in 1991 to Oldham.

Redfearn's last season with Oldham constituted a career highlight as he was an ever-present in the team that won the Second Division title and returned the Latics to the top-flight of English football after a gap of 68 years. Redfearn converted the injury time penalty in the final game of the season against Sheffield Wednesday that completed a 3-2 victory (after Oldham had trailed 2-0), and snatched the championship from West Ham, who had prematurely been handed the trophy some 15 minutes earlier.

Despite his contribution to Oldham's promotion, he became surplus to requirements with the re-signing of former club captain Mike Milligan from Everton in the off-season and Redfearn was transferred without playing for Oldham in the top-flight.

In September 1991, Redfearn joined Barnsley, and it was at this club he arguably spent his prime years. In his seven seasons at Oakwell, he hardly missed a single game, and was named club captain and penalty taker. In 1996-97, Redfearn scored 17 goals as Barnsley won promotion to the Premiership for the first time in the club's history.

Redfearn missed only one game, and was Barnsley's top scorer with ten league goals in 1997-98. It wasn't enough to save them from the drop though, as Barnsley were relegated that season. However, despite his relatively high age, Redfearn's performances had made him a wanted man in the Premiership, and he was signed by Charlton Athletic for £1,000,000 in the summer of 1998. He left Barnsley having played 338 first-team games, scoring 84 goals.

In 1998–99, his family did not settle in London, and at the end of the season, Redfearn jumped at the chance of returning to his native Yorkshire, when Bradford City paid £250,000 for his services.

Redfearn didn't make much of an impact at Bradford, scoring just once against Leciester City,[1] and joined his 10th team, Wigan Athletic after just nine months in Bradford. Despite a very good goalscoring record, Redfearn never became first-choice at Wigan either, and he dropped down two divisions to join Halifax Town in 2001. At Halifax, he also got his first taste of management, serving two spells as the team's caretaker manager. He left Halifax in the summer of 2002, having been snubbed for the permanent manager's job, and joined Boston United as player-coach.[2]

Redfearn spent the better part of two years at Boston, before finishing his Football League career at Rochdale in the spring of 2004.[3] Rochdale did not offer him a new contract at the end of the season, Redfearn dropped down to the Conference, where he became player-coach at Scarborough, managed at the time by his former Oldham teammate Nick Henry. When Henry was sacked in October 2005, Redfearn was named the team's new manager,[4] while remaining registered as a player.[5]

Redfearn resigned in June 2006 after it was revealed that Mark Patterson would be brought in as assistant manager.[6] He subsequently signed with Unibond League side Bradford Park Avenue.[7]

Redfearn is currently fifth in the all-time list of most Football League appearances. His last league appearance for Rochdale took his total to 790. He made his 1000th competitive appearance on 4 November 2006, when Bradford Park Avenue faced Solihull Borough in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Trophy.[8]

Redfearn quit Bradford Park Avenue in March 2007, joining rivals Stocksbridge Park Steels,[9] but left in June 2007 to become manager of Northwich Victoria.[10] He left the club in September 2007, after the club only managed one point from their first nine games, leaving them bottom of the Conference National.[11]

He joined Frickley Athletic in September 2007 as a player.[12] He left the club a month later to join Bridlington Town.[13] He left them in January 2008 after the departure of manager Ash Berry.[14] He was appointed as York City's youth-team coach in February.[15] He joined Emley in July, where he would play when his commitments with York's youth team allowed.[16] Redfearn moved onto Salford City of the Northern Premier League Division One North in October 2008.[17] He took over as caretaker manager at York on 21 November 2008, following Colin Walker's sacking and was in charge for the team's 2–2 draw against Crawley Town.[18][19] Following Martin Foyle's appointment as manager on 24 November, Redfearn took up the position as assistant manger at the club.[20] However, he left over a month later to take over as manager of the under-18 team at Leeds United.[21]

Personal life

He was married in his hometown Dewsbury in June 1985.[22]

Managerial statistics

As of 24 November 2008.[23][24][25]
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Halifax Town (caretaker)  England 30 August 2001 12 October 2001 8 2 3 3 25.0
Halifax Town (caretaker)  England 4 March 2002 25 April 2002 11 3 1 7 27.3
Scarborough  England 1 November 2005 6 July 2006 28 5 6 17 17.9
Northwich Victoria  England 19 June 2007 17 September 2007 9 0 1 8 0.0
York City (caretaker)  England 21 November 2008 24 November 2008 1 0 1 0 0.0


  1. ^ "Bantams out fox Leicester". BBC Sport. 1999-10-23. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ Redfearn joins Boston
  3. ^ Dale seal Redfearn deal
  4. ^ Boro appoint Redfearn
  5. ^ Redfearn wants to carry on playing
  6. ^ Redfearn quits Boro
  7. ^ Park Avenue seal Redfearn deal
  8. ^ Redfearn's millennium roam
  9. ^ Redfearn makes Steels switch
  10. ^ Vics appoint Redfearn as new boss
  11. ^ Northwich boss Redfearn resigns
  12. ^ Redfearn joins Frickley Athletic
  13. ^ "Redfearn Joins Unibond Side". Halifax Town AFC. 2007-11-05.,,10437~1160210,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  14. ^ "Ainsworth Goes Up In World". Halifax Town AFC. 2008-01-05.,,10437~1207128,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  15. ^ "Redfearn lands City role". The Press. 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  16. ^ Booth, Mel (2008-07-22). "Redfearn signs for Emley in big coup". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  17. ^ "Berry wastes no time". Non-League Daily. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  18. ^ "Manager Walker leaves York City". BBC Sport. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  19. ^ "York 2-2 Crawley". BBC Sport. 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  20. ^ "Neil Redfearn appointed York City assistant manager". The Press. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  21. ^ "Porter named as assistant at York". BBC Sport. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  22. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  23. ^ "Neil Redfearn's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  24. ^ "Scarborough 2005/2006 results and fixtures". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  25. ^ "Northwich 2007/2008 results and fixtures". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 


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