John Neal 1932 - 2014|
A former Lynn defender who went on to manage Wrexham, Middlesborough and Chelsea.|
Born in Seaham, County Durham he made 60 appearance for Hull City over the seasons 1949-1956 scoring one goal.
Signed from The Tigers in 1956 by then Lynn manager Paul Todd he made 55 appearances for the Linnets picking up a winner's medal in the Norfolk Senior Cup and
a finalists medal in the East Anglian Cup.
Hull retained his registration and after a season of Midland League football at The Walks he went on to play for Swindon, Aston Villa and Southend United.
He moved into management with Wrexham in 1968 seeing them promoted to the Third Division two years later.
Victory in the Welsh Cup saw Wrexham into Europe and they reached the quarter-finals Cup Winners' Cup.
He moved on to Middlesbrough in 1977 where he succeeded Jack Charlton as manager and joined Chelsea
four years later as a successor to Geoff Hurst and led the club to the Second Division title in 1984 and to
sixth place in the First Division the following season before retiring due to ill health.
He later served on Chelsea's board of directors.
Born Seaham, County Durham 13 April 1932 - died 23 November 2014