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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
    Season 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

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

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