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Neal Bishop

Neal Bishop
England C2(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:35, 6 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Neal Robert Bishop (born 7 August 1981) is an English footballer who plays for Blackpool as a midfielder. He previously played for Billingham Town, Gateshead, Spennymoor United, Whitby Town, Scarborough, York City, Barnet and Notts County.

Career

Early career

Born in Stockton-on-Tees, North East England, Bishop began his career with Middlesbrough in their youth system.[2] After being released by Middlesbrough as a teenager he moved to Northern League side Billingham Town and played there for a number of years.[2][3] In a match in 2001, he played alongside his brother Craig, aged 16, and father Rob, aged 46, as the team had eight matches to play in 15 days towards the end of the 2000–01 season.[4] He made 11 appearances and scored 2 goals for Gateshead in all competitions in the 2002–03 season,[5] before leaving in October 2002 and re-signing for Billingham.[6][7] He played for Spennymoor United in the 2003–04 season, making 38 appearances and scoring 3 goals.[8] He made 25 appearances and scored 1 goal for Whitby Town in the 2004–05 season.[9]

Scarborough

He signed for Scarborough of the Conference National in March 2005 on a contract until the end of the 2004–05 season,[10] following a week-long trial.[11] He made 11 appearances and scored 1 goal for Scarborough during this season,[9] and signed a deal to keep him at the club for the 2005–06 season in May.[11] Here, he made a name for himself and was chosen as captain for the 2005–06 season. His lip was cut in an alleged clash with Denny Ingram in the tunnel following a game against Halifax Town in November, which Bishop decided not to press charges against.[12]

York City

He was signed by Conference National rivals York City for an undisclosed nominal fee on 31 January 2006.[13][14] He finished the season with 14 appearances and 1 goal for York and signed a new contract with the club in July.[15][16] He scored the winning goal against Oxford United with a 20 yard volley on the final day of the 2006–07 season, meaning York secured a place in the Conference National play-offs.[17] He was voted as the York City Clubman of the Year for the season the same day,[18] finishing the season with 49 appearances and scoring 3 goals.[19] He was named in the England National Game XI team in May to play in the Four Nations Tournament.[20] Bishop rejected a new deal at York, saying he wanted his salary to fall in line with the club's top earners.[21]

Barnet

He signed for League Two team Barnet in June on a free transfer as he was out of contract with York.[22] He said he decided to join Barnet so he could fulfil a lifelong ambition of playing in the Football League.[23] He made his debut against Morecambe on 11 August 2007 and was sent off for violent conduct in his second game against Norwich City in the League Cup on 14 August 2007,[24][25] which resulted in a three-match suspension.[26] He finished the 2007–08 season with 47 appearances and 2 goals for Barnet,[27] and handed in a transfer request in April 2008 after turning down an improved contract with the club.[28] Despite this, the club exercised their option to extend his contract for another season in May.[29] He was removed from the transfer list at his own request after the start of the 2008–09 season.[30]

Bishop was appointed as Barnet's captain in November after Ismail Yakubu gave up the role.[31] He suffered a fractured jaw after being kicked in the face during a match against Darlington by Ricky Ravenhill in December, which ruled him out for the Christmas period.[32] He finished the season with 48 appearances, scoring 1 goal,[33] and was offered a new contract at Barnet.[34]

Notts County

Bishop agreed to join fellow League Two team Notts County on 20 May 2009,[35] and a day later he signed a pre-contract agreement to join the club on 1 July.[36] He made 51 appearances and scored 1 goal for the club during the 2009–10 season, in which County won the League Two title.[37] He signed a two-year contract extension with County on 5 July 2010, which contracted him at the club until June 2012.[38] In January 2011, he scored in County's 1–1 draw against Premier League side Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup, which saw them earn a replay at the City of Manchester Stadium.[39] At the closing stages of the 2010–11 he was named as the new team captain by Paul Ince. He finished the 2010–11 season with 51 appearances and 2 goals.[40] On 10 May 2011, Bishop signed a new two-year contract with County, keeping him at the club until June 2013.[41] His contract with the club was cancelled by mutual consent on 19 June 2013.[42]

Blackpool

Bishop signed for Championship side Blackpool on a five-month contract on 2 August 2013.[43]

Career statistics

As of match played 27 April 2013.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gateshead 2002–03[5] NPL Premier Division 10 2 1 0 0 0 11 2
Spennymoor United 2003–04[8] NPL Premier Division 38 3 0 0 0 0 38 3
Whitby Town 2004–05[9] NPL Premier Division 23 1 0 0 2[lower-alpha 1] 0 25 1
Scarborough 2004–05[9] Conference National 10 1 0 0 1[lower-alpha 2] 0 11 1
2005–06[44] Conference National 24 0 0 0 1[lower-alpha 1] 0 25 0
Total 34 1 0 0 2 0 36 1
York City 2005–06[15] Conference National 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
2006–07[19] Conference National 45 3 2 0 2[lower-alpha 3] 0 49 3
Total 59 4 2 0 2 0 63 4
Barnet 2007–08[27] League Two 39 2 6 0 1 0 1[lower-alpha 4] 0 47 2
2008–09[33] League Two 44 1 2 0 1 0 1[lower-alpha 4] 0 48 1
Total 83 3 8 0 2 0 2 0 95 3
Notts County 2009–10[37] League Two 43 1 6 0 1 0 1[lower-alpha 4] 0 51 1
2010–11[40] League One 43 1 5 1 3 0 0 0 51 2
2011–12[45] League One 41 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 46 2
2012–13[46] League One 41 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 45 7
Total 168 11 18 1 6 0 1 0 193 12
Blackpool 2013–14[47] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 415 25 29 1 8 0 9 0 461 26

Honours

Notts County

Individual

References

External links

  • Soccerbase

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