Former Arsenal manager Neill dies

31 Jul 2022 | 08:18 | Football

Photo: Arsenal FC’s official Twitter


Photo: Arsenal FC’s official Twitter

Former Arsenal manager Terry Neill has died aged 80, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

His seven seasons as Gunners manager are best known as the north London club reached three consecutive FA Cup finals in 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Despite losing to Ipswich and West Ham at Wembley, Arsenal beat Manchester United in the 1979 match, the so-called ‘5 Minutes’ final, where a series of late goals helped Arsenal win 3-2.

A former Arsenal player, Northern Ireland midfielder Neill became the club’s youngest ever captain when he was appointed 20-year-old by Billy Wright.

He left Arsenal in 1970 and, after a managerial career that included a brief stint in charge of arch-rivals Tottenham, returned to Highbury in 1976 to succeed Bertie Mee.

Under Neill’s leadership, Arsenal also reached the European Champions Cup final in 1980, where they were beaten on penalties by Valencia, before he was replaced by former assistant Don Howe three years later. .