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10 October 2017

The Argus
Norman Stevens, Ian McNeill and Tommy Dixon (pictured from left to right), pose for a photo.

Brighton & Hove Albion are sad to report the passing of former player Ian McNeill, aged 85.

Ian, an inside-forward, joined Albion in 1959 and scored 13 goals in 128 appearances during a three-year spell with the club.

Known for his strong tackling and bursts of speed, he quickly became the playmaker in a side battling to retain their Second Division status in the early 1960s.

The Glaswegian represented Scotland at youth level and joined Aberdeen in 1950, spending six years at Pittodrie, although two of these were spent in Kenya on National Service with the army.

Ian moved on to Leicester City in March 1956 and played a key role in the Foxes’ Second Division title-winning season in 1956/57, before heading to the south coast.

After leaving Albion in 1962, he joined Southend United and returned to Scotland a year later to become a player-coach for Ross County.

Ian also had two separate spells in charge of Wigan Athletic, leading the Latics into the Football League in 1978.

Following his departure from Springfield Park in 1981, he was appointed Chelsea’s assistant manager, before taking the vacant manager’s job at Shrewsbury Town in 1987.

The Scot also had a spell as Bruce Rioch’s assistant manager at Millwall, and linked up with his compatriot at Bolton Wanderers as chief scout, before leaving the post in 1996.

We pass on our sincere condolences to Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.

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