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Neil Lennon

Full name: Neil Francis Lennon
Birthdate: 25.06.1971
Birthplace: Lurgan, Northern Ireland
Position: Midfielder
Joined from: Crewe Alexandra
Signed by: Martin O'Neill
Nationality: Northern Ireland
First game: Reading, 24.02.1996
Last game: Leeds United, 02.12.2000
Games: 208 (207 starts + 1 subs)
Goals: 9
Player Profile

The Northern Irishman will go down as one of the best players in City’s early ventures into the Premier League and he came at a price of just £750,000 when Martin O’Neill spotted his talents as a youngster at Crewe.

The midfielder went on to win two League Cup medals with the Foxes as well as help the club to a Wembley promotion with play-off victory over Crystal Palace. Those two cup final successes came during a period that O’Neill had the Foxes settled as an established top-flight team - and Lennon was central to that.

Initially rejected as a youngster at Manchester City, Lennon had to get his break the hard way. Even when he moved down the league ladder to Crewe, a side famous for producing and helping young talent, his career was up in the air when he suffered a back injury that kept him out of the game for almost a year. It came the season after Crewe suffered relegation and things were not going well.

He refused to throw in the towel, however, and came back stronger, with his performances helping Crewe achieving promotion and in-turn catching the attention of his countryman O’Neill, who must have been grateful that Lennon turned down a move to Midlands rivals Coventry City soon before.

His City career went from strength-to-strength and it was built largely on a superb partnership with Muzzy Izzet in the middle of the park. The pair were the engine room of that successful City squad under O’Neill and it was no surprise that Celtic, his boyhood club, came calling for his services with Lennon having made over 200 appearances for the Foxes, including their ventures into European football and the UEFA Cup.

Leicester eventually had to accept a bid which saw them pocket £5 million in profits for their midfield maestro and he went on to win numerous league and cups north of the border, as well as a runners-up medal in the UEFA Cup and Champions League appearances to his name.

Moves to Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers followed in the latter stages of his playing career but on completion of his playing days he moved back to Parkhead to become part of the coaching staff with Celtic. He took the manager’s position following the departure of Tony Mowbray and helped the club to a number of SPL titles and ventures into the Champions League.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1995-96Division One151------3-181
1995_225_
1996-97Premier League3512-71----442
1996_225_
1997-98Premier League3722-1-2---422
1997_225_
1998-99Premier League3712-81----472
1998_225_
1999-00Premier League3112-61----392
1999_225_
2000-01Premier League15---1-2---18-
2000_225_
Total17068-2334-3-208 9
_225_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 24.02.1996 1 - 1 Reading (A) Division One
2 28.02.1996 0 - 0 Derby County (H) Division One
3 03.03.1996 2 - 4 Ipswich Town (A) Division One
4 09.03.1996 2 - 1 Grimsby Town (H) Division One
5 13.03.1996 0 - 2 Ipswich Town (H) Division One
6 16.03.1996 1 - 3 Oldham Athletic (A) Division One
7 23.03.1996 2 - 1 Millwall (H) Division One
8 02.04.1996 1 - 0 Charlton Athletic (A) Division One
9 06.04.1996 1 - 0 Crystal Palace (A) Division One
10 09.04.1996 1 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One
11 13.04.1996 1 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (A) Division One
12 17.04.1996 2 - 0 Oldham Athletic (H) Division One
13 20.04.1996 2 - 1 Huddersfield Town (H) Division One
14 27.04.1996 3 - 0 Birmingham City (H) Division One 1
15 05.05.1996 1 - 0 Watford (A) Division One
16 12.05.1996 0 - 0 Stoke City (H) Division One sf leg 1
17 15.05.1996 1 - 0 Stoke City (A) Division One sf leg 2
18 27.05.1996 2 - 1 Crystal Palace (N) Division One f
19 17.08.1996 0 - 0 Sunderland (A) Premier League
20 21.08.1996 2 - 1 Southampton (H) Premier League
21 24.08.1996 0 - 2 Arsenal (H) Premier League
22 02.09.1996 1 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League
23 07.09.1996 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest (A) Premier League
24 15.09.1996 0 - 3 Liverpool (H) Premier League
25 22.09.1996 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League
26 25.09.1996 2 - 1 Scarborough (H) League Cup 2 leg 2
27 28.09.1996 1 - 0 Leeds United (H) Premier League
28 12.10.1996 1 - 3 Chelsea (H) Premier League
29 19.10.1996 0 - 1 West Ham United (A) Premier League
30 22.10.1996 2 - 0 York City (A) League Cup 3 1
31 26.10.1996 2 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Premier League
32 02.11.1996 0 - 2 Derby County (A) Premier League
33 16.11.1996 3 - 1 Aston Villa (A) Premier League
34 23.11.1996 1 - 2 Everton (H) Premier League
35 27.11.1996 2 - 0 Manchester United (H) League Cup 4
36 30.11.1996 1 - 3 Manchester United (A) Premier League 1
37 03.12.1996 2 - 0 Middlesbrough (A) Premier League
38 07.12.1996 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Premier League
39 21.12.1996 0 - 2 Coventry City (H) Premier League
40 26.12.1996 1 - 1 Liverpool (A) Premier League
41 18.01.1997 1 - 0 Wimbledon (H) Premier League
42 21.01.1997 1 - 0 Ipswich Town (A) League Cup 5
43 25.01.1997 2 - 1 Norwich City (H) FA Cup 4
44 29.01.1997 1 - 1 Sunderland (H) Premier League
45 02.02.1997 3 - 4 Newcastle United (A) Premier League
46 26.02.1997 0 - 1 Chelsea (A) FA Cup 5 rep
47 01.03.1997 3 - 1 Wimbledon (A) Premier League
48 05.03.1997 1 - 0 Aston Villa (H) Premier League
49 08.03.1997 0 - 0 Coventry City (A) Premier League
50 11.03.1997 1 - 1 Wimbledon (A) League Cup sf leg 2
51 15.03.1997 1 - 3 Middlesbrough (H) Premier League
52 19.03.1997 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League
53 22.03.1997 2 - 2 Southampton (A) Premier League
54 06.04.1997 1 - 1 Middlesbrough (N) League Cup f
55 09.04.1997 1 - 1 Everton (A) Premier League
56 12.04.1997 0 - 2 Arsenal (A) Premier League
57 16.04.1997 1 - 0 Middlesbrough (N) League Cup f rep
58 19.04.1997 1 - 2 Chelsea (A) Premier League
59 23.04.1997 0 - 1 West Ham United (H) Premier League
60 03.05.1997 2 - 2 Manchester United (H) Premier League
61 07.05.1997 1 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League
62 11.05.1997 4 - 2 Blackburn Rovers (A) Premier League
63 09.08.1997 1 - 0 Aston Villa (H) Premier League
64 13.08.1997 2 - 1 Liverpool (A) Premier League
65 23.08.1997 0 - 0 Manchester United (H) Premier League
66 27.08.1997 3 - 3 Arsenal (H) Premier League
67 30.08.1997 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League
68 13.09.1997 3 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League
69 16.09.1997 1 - 2 Atletico Madrid (A) UEFA Cup 1 leg 1
70 20.09.1997 1 - 0 Leeds United (A) Premier League
71 24.09.1997 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Premier League
72 27.09.1997 2 - 0 Barnsley (A) Premier League
73 30.09.1997 0 - 2 Atletico Madrid (H) UEFA Cup 1 leg 2
74 06.10.1997 1 - 2 Derby County (H) Premier League
75 14.10.1997 1 - 3 Grimsby Town (A) League Cup 3
76 18.10.1997 0 - 1 Chelsea (A) Premier League
77 27.10.1997 2 - 1 West Ham United (H) Premier League
78 01.11.1997 3 - 3 Newcastle United (A) Premier League
79 10.11.1997 0 - 1 Wimbledon (H) Premier League
80 22.11.1997 0 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (H) Premier League
81 29.11.1997 2 - 0 Coventry City (A) Premier League
82 06.12.1997 1 - 1 Crystal Palace (H) Premier League
83 13.12.1997 1 - 2 Southampton (A) Premier League
84 20.12.1997 0 - 1 Everton (H) Premier League
85 26.12.1997 1 - 2 Arsenal (A) Premier League 1
86 28.12.1997 1 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League
87 03.01.1998 4 - 0 Northampton Town (H) FA Cup 3
88 10.01.1998 1 - 1 Aston Villa (A) Premier League
89 17.01.1998 0 - 0 Liverpool (H) Premier League
90 24.01.1998 0 - 3 Crystal Palace (A) FA Cup 4
91 31.01.1998 1 - 0 Manchester United (A) Premier League
92 07.02.1998 1 - 0 Leeds United (H) Premier League
93 14.02.1998 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League
94 21.02.1998 2 - 0 Chelsea (H) Premier League
95 28.02.1998 3 - 5 Blackburn Rovers (A) Premier League
96 14.03.1998 1 - 2 Wimbledon (A) Premier League
97 28.03.1998 0 - 2 Bolton Wanderers (A) Premier League
98 04.04.1998 1 - 1 Coventry City (H) Premier League
99 11.04.1998 3 - 0 Crystal Palace (A) Premier League
100 14.04.1998 3 - 3 Southampton (H) Premier League 1
101 26.04.1998 4 - 0 Derby County (A) Premier League
102 29.04.1998 0 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Premier League
103 02.05.1998 1 - 0 Barnsley (H) Premier League
104 10.05.1998 3 - 4 West Ham United (A) Premier League
105 15.08.1998 2 - 2 Manchester United (A) Premier League
106 22.08.1998 2 - 0 Everton (H) Premier League
107 29.08.1998 0 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (A) Premier League
108 09.09.1998 0 - 1 Middlesbrough (H) Premier League
109 12.09.1998 1 - 1 Arsenal (H) Premier League
110 16.09.1998 3 - 0 Chesterfield (H) League Cup 2 leg 1
111 19.09.1998 0 - 2 Derby County (A) Premier League
112 22.09.1998 3 - 1 Chesterfield (A) League Cup 2 leg 2
113 27.09.1998 1 - 1 Wimbledon (H) Premier League
114 03.10.1998 1 - 0 Leeds United (A) Premier League
115 19.10.1998 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League
116 24.10.1998 1 - 1 Aston Villa (A) Premier League
117 27.10.1998 2 - 1 Charlton Athletic (A) League Cup 3
118 31.10.1998 1 - 0 Liverpool (H) Premier League
119 07.11.1998 0 - 0 Charlton Athletic (A) Premier League
120 11.11.1998 2 - 1 Leeds United (H) League Cup 4
121 14.11.1998 2 - 3 West Ham United (A) Premier League
122 21.11.1998 2 - 4 Chelsea (H) Premier League
123 28.11.1998 1 - 1 Coventry City (A) Premier League
124 02.12.1998 1 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (H) League Cup 5 1
125 05.12.1998 2 - 0 Southampton (H) Premier League
126 12.12.1998 3 - 1 Nottingham Forest (H) Premier League
127 19.12.1998 0 - 1 Newcastle United (A) Premier League
128 26.12.1998 1 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League
129 28.12.1998 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Premier League
130 02.01.1999 4 - 2 Birmingham City (H) FA Cup 3
131 09.01.1999 0 - 0 Everton (A) Premier League
132 16.01.1999 2 - 6 Manchester United (H) Premier League
133 23.01.1999 0 - 3 Coventry City (H) FA Cup 4
134 26.01.1999 2 - 1 Sunderland (A) League Cup sf leg 1
135 06.02.1999 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League
136 17.02.1999 1 - 1 Sunderland (H) League Cup sf leg 2
137 20.02.1999 0 - 5 Arsenal (A) Premier League
138 01.03.1999 1 - 2 Leeds United (H) Premier League
139 06.03.1999 1 - 0 Wimbledon (A) Premier League
140 13.03.1999 1 - 1 Charlton Athletic (H) Premier League 1
141 21.03.1999 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (N) League Cup f
142 03.04.1999 2 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League
143 06.04.1999 2 - 2 Aston Villa (H) Premier League
144 10.04.1999 0 - 0 West Ham United (H) Premier League
145 18.04.1999 2 - 2 Chelsea (A) Premier League
146 21.04.1999 1 - 0 Liverpool (A) Premier League
147 24.04.1999 1 - 0 Coventry City (H) Premier League
148 01.05.1999 1 - 2 Southampton (A) Premier League
149 05.05.1999 1 - 2 Derby County (H) Premier League
150 08.05.1999 2 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Premier League
151 16.05.1999 0 - 1 Nottingham Forest (A) Premier League
152 07.08.1999 1 - 2 Arsenal (A) Premier League
153 11.08.1999 1 - 0 Coventry City (H) Premier League
154 14.08.1999 2 - 2 Chelsea (H) Premier League
155 21.08.1999 1 - 2 West Ham United (A) Premier League
156 24.08.1999 3 - 0 Middlesbrough (A) Premier League
157 30.08.1999 1 - 0 Watford (H) Premier League
158 11.09.1999 0 - 2 Sunderland (A) Premier League
159 14.09.1999 3 - 3 Crystal Palace (A) League Cup 2 leg 1 1
160 18.09.1999 2 - 2 Liverpool (H) Premier League
161 22.09.1999 4 - 2 Crystal Palace (H) League Cup 2 leg 2
162 25.09.1999 3 - 1 Aston Villa (H) Premier League
163 03.10.1999 3 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League
164 13.10.1999 2 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) League Cup 3
165 16.10.1999 2 - 1 Southampton (H) Premier League
166 23.10.1999 1 - 3 Bradford City (A) Premier League
167 30.10.1999 3 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League
168 06.11.1999 0 - 2 Manchester United (A) Premier League
169 20.11.1999 2 - 1 Wimbledon (H) Premier League
170 27.11.1999 1 - 0 Coventry City (A) Premier League
171 04.12.1999 0 - 3 Arsenal (H) Premier League
172 11.12.1999 0 - 0 Hereford United (A) FA Cup 3
173 15.12.1999 0 - 0 Leeds United (H) League Cup 4
174 03.01.2000 2 - 2 Everton (A) Premier League
175 09.01.2000 0 - 0 Arsenal (A) FA Cup 4
176 02.02.2000 1 - 0 Aston Villa (H) League Cup sf leg 2
177 05.02.2000 2 - 1 Middlesbrough (H) Premier League
178 27.02.2000 2 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (N) League Cup f
179 05.03.2000 5 - 2 Sunderland (H) Premier League
180 11.03.2000 1 - 2 Wimbledon (A) Premier League
181 18.03.2000 0 - 2 Manchester United (H) Premier League
182 26.03.2000 2 - 1 Leeds United (H) Premier League
183 02.04.2000 0 - 3 Derby County (A) Premier League
184 08.04.2000 1 - 1 Everton (H) Premier League
185 15.04.2000 2 - 0 Newcastle United (A) Premier League
186 22.04.2000 2 - 2 Aston Villa (A) Premier League 1
187 29.04.2000 2 - 1 Southampton (A) Premier League
188 03.05.2000 2 - 0 Liverpool (A) Premier League
189 06.05.2000 3 - 0 Bradford City (H) Premier League
190 14.05.2000 0 - 4 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League
191 19.08.2000 0 - 0 Aston Villa (H) Premier League
192 23.08.2000 1 - 0 West Ham United (A) Premier League
193 26.08.2000 0 - 0 Bradford City (A) Premier League
194 09.09.2000 1 - 0 Southampton (H) Premier League
195 14.09.2000 1 - 1 Red Star Belgrade (H) UEFA Cup 1 leg 1
196 17.09.2000 2 - 0 Chelsea (A) Premier League
197 24.09.2000 1 - 1 Everton (H) Premier League
198 28.09.2000 1 - 3 Red Star Belgrade (A) UEFA Cup 1 leg 2
199 01.10.2000 0 - 0 Sunderland (A) Premier League
200 14.10.2000 0 - 3 Manchester United (H) Premier League
201 21.10.2000 0 - 1 Liverpool (A) Premier League
202 28.10.2000 2 - 1 Derby County (H) Premier League
203 01.11.2000 0 - 3 Crystal Palace (H) League Cup 3
204 04.11.2000 1 - 0 Manchester City (A) Premier League
205 11.11.2000 1 - 1 Newcastle United (H) Premier League
206 18.11.2000 3 - 0 Middlesbrough (A) Premier League
207 25.11.2000 0 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League
208 02.12.2000 3 - 1 Leeds United (H) Premier League

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Crewe Alexandra £750,000 23.02.1996
OUT  Celtic £5,750,000 08.12.2000
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