Clubs played for: Wrexham, Chelsea. (1977-1987).
Birthplace: Bangor, Wales
Biography: John Neal returned to his former club Wrexham to pay £45,000 for the Welshmen born to Polish parents. Under the guidance of Peter Bonetti, he quickly established himself in the first team and helped the club to the Second Division Championship in his first season at Stamford Bridge. Quick and agile, he earned the nickname 'Steady Eddie' but the start of downward spiral came when he seriously damaged his knee against QPR in March 1986. When he returned to action again, it was clear that he had lost a lot of his ability and after five operations on the knee he was forced to retire early in July 1988 with the club receiving an insurance payout of £125,000. Ran his own sportswear firm specialising in goalkeepers' equipment then held coaching positions with Chelsea, Reading, Arsenal and Wales, before joining Blackburn in September 2004. Followed Mark Hughes to Man City until December 2009, he then had a spell at West Ham but is now first-team coach at Fulham.
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