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Obit: Neil Young, 17/2/44 - 3/2/11 (UK football)

GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser) 07 Feb 11 - 08:41 AM
Wesley S 07 Feb 11 - 08:47 AM
C-flat 07 Feb 11 - 08:49 AM
GUEST,bob 07 Feb 11 - 08:49 AM
Little Hawk 07 Feb 11 - 12:35 PM
alanabit 07 Feb 11 - 01:25 PM
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Subject: Obit: Neil Young, 17/2/44 - 3/2/11
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 08:41 AM

From today's 'Guardian':

Neil Young, who has died at the age of 66 of cancer, had arguably his finest game for Manchester City, his first and main club, in the FA Cup Final of 1969 against Leicester City. In a consistently exciting game, he scored the only goal. After 24 minutes, Mike Summerbee, who largely dominated David Nish, an England left-back, went past another challenge and found Young with a ground pass. Young drove it with his accomplished left foot wide of the right hand of the formidable goalkeeper, Peter Shilton.

As I noted at the time, "[Mike] Doyle, [Colin] Bell and Young stroke the ball about with nonchalant grace." This was the Manchester City team shaped by Joe Mercer as manager and Malcolm Allison as the innovative coach, a team dedicated to pure football. Young, at outside-left that day, might have scored an earlier goal when receiving a judicious square pass from Bell: he shot hard but too high. And he might have scored a later one, when, served by the overlapping left-back, Glyn Pardoe, his strong shot was well saved by Shilton.

In Vienna the following year for the European Cup Winners' Cup final, Young, playing on the left of a three-man attack with Bell and Francis Lee, against a bruising Górnik Zabrze team from Poland, was again a scorer, and it was a foul on him that gained City the penalty that made it 2-0, Górnik's goal coming too late to matter.

Tall and lean at 6ft 1in, Young had been born only half a mile away from Maine Road, then the City stadium. The club's scout, Henry Godwin, spotted him, and in 1959 he was signed as an apprentice. Capped by the England Youth team, he made his first-team debut in a match lost at Aston Villa in November 1961 and kept his place thereafter, scoring 11 goals in 16 games.

City were relegated to the second division in 1963, but in the summer of 1965, Mercer and Allison arrived. In 1965-66, promotion followed, and in 1967-68, when City won the championship, Young, in the last, decisive game at Newcastle, scored twice in a 4-3 win.

The death of his much-loved brother Chris, in 1970, seemed to traumatise him. His form with City fell away and, after he had scored 108 goals for them in 418 games, he was sold to Preston North End in the 1971-72 season, scoring 18 goals for them in 68 games. In 1974-75, he played for Rochdale.

Today, he would have been a millionaire, but then he drifted from one job to another, as a sports-shop worker, a milkman and an insurance salesman. However, he successfully took up badminton, representing Cheshire.

On 1 September 2009, when Manchester City played at Leicester, Young's loyal supporters wore the red and black shirts that City had donned in the 1969 final. Scarves in those colours were sold, the proceeds being divided between Young and the Wythenshawe hospital. He is survived by his third wife, Carmen; by a son and two daughters from his first marriage; and by a daughter from his second.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Neil Young, 17/2/44 - 3/2/11
From: Wesley S
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 08:47 AM

So you couldn't put "football player Neil Young" in the subject heading?? This IS a music site after all.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Neil Young, 17/2/44 - 3/2/11
From: C-flat
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 08:49 AM

I'm a football fan but even I can see that this belongs below the line on a music forum.

There's me thinking it had something to do will Neil Young as in Crosby, Still, Nash & Young?

Phew!!

I'm sure this Neil Young deserves every respect too.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Neil Young, 17/2/44 - 3/2/11
From: GUEST,bob
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 08:49 AM

can i suggest making the Subject title less ambiguous - there are a few Neil Youngs around!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Neil Young, 17/2/44 - 3/2/11 (UK football)
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 12:35 PM

At Neil's age he should've known better than to get involved in a UK football game fer chrissake! UK football is dangerous. What was he thinking??? I'm not surprised the silly man ended up dead. But it's tragic, isn't it? Well, I guess we'll have to rename the NYCFTTS to the NYMCFFTS now...

("Neil Young Memorial Center For The Terminally Screwed")


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Subject: RE: Obit: Neil Young, 17/2/44 - 3/2/11 (UK football)
From: alanabit
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 01:25 PM

I recall him playing for Manchester City. Through the club's site, I had known that he had terminal cancer and the end was near. He was a decent man and a fine player from another age.


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