Centre back Neil Buckley joined Hull City from local league side Schultz in 1986 and was handed his first team debut as a fresh faced 18 year old in January 1987, manager Brian Horton calling up the youngster due to an injury crisis. He waited nearly two years for his second start at the end of November 1988, by which time Eddie Gray was in charge. Buckley had a run of starts between Boxing Day 1988 and mid-March 1989 but dropped out of the side after a run of five defeats (which became seven defeats in the next two games after he was dropped).
In the 1989/90 season new boss Colin Appleton used Buckley sparingly during his three months in charge and he was treated similarly by replacement manager Stan Ternent, although Buckley scored his first senior goal in January 1990 as City came away from West Ham with an unlikely 2-1 victory. Buckley ended the season with a five game loan spell at Division Four side Burnley before returning to Boothferry Park in April 1990.
Ternent selected Buckley more regularly during the 1990/91 season and scored three times in League games against Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers, plus an FA Cup tie against Notts County. However City struggled all season for form, a slide that not even new manager Terry Dolan could arrest, and the Tigers dropped out of the Second Division. Dolan rarely turned to Buckley in the 1991/92 season, his last two appearances in November 1991 coming as makeshift centre forward, and Neil left the club in the 1992 close season.
Buckley then had a four year spell played for Brigg Town, playing in the club’s successful 1996 FA Vase Final victory over Clitheroe at Wembley. He hung up his boots in 1997 after a season with North Ferriby United. During the 2000s Neil had a successful five year spell managed Brigg Town Old Boys, and also had a spell managed North Ferriby United in 2008.
Date/Place of Birth: 25 September 1968, Hull
Hull City First Game: 3 January 1987, Plymouth Argyle A (Division Two), 18 years, 100 days old
Hull City Final Game: 23 November 1991, Leyton Orient A (Division Three), 23 years, 59 days old
Hull City (1986-1992), Burnley (1990, loan), Brigg Town (1992-1996), North Ferriby United (1996-1997)
Hull City Record
Career: 69 apps, 4 goalsNeil Buckley
|1988/89||13 (0)||0||3 (0)||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1989/90||7 (3)||1||-||-||-||-||-||-||1 (0)||0|
|1990/91||30 (1)||2||1 (0)||1||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|1991/92||4 (1)||0||1 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|