Left winger Neil Mann joined City in July 1993 as a 20 year old with scraps of non-league experience. The son of ex-Manchester City and Notts County stalwart Arthur Mann, Neil’s career began slowly but in his second season he had found his feet in the professional game and started to play regularly in the first team. A pacy and tricky forward with an intelligent approach to the game, Manny became a firm fan’s favourite as the 1990s progressed and City slipped down the divisions. He was always good for a goal or an assist, no matter what dreck was served up in the other ten City shirts. Neil played a supporting role during the 1998/99 Great escape season – perhaps the requirement for dogged battling from the footballing trenches didn’t suit his style – but he returned to the first team in 1999 only to collide with a post while making a heroic goalline clearance against Premier League Liverpool in a League Cup tie. Seventeen months out of the game, Manny returned to the first team in February 2001 but it was apparent that he had not returned to full fitness and despite two further seasons on City’s books, he never made another appearance and retired in 2003 after another serious achilles injury suffred while on loan at Gainsborough Trinity. Manny remained in the City fold as a member of the coaching staff and stuck around for another ten years, leaving in 2013 to forge a new coaching career in Australia. Neil Mann was a popular fixture in a City squad that saw too much turmoil and turnover during the 1990s. Tick tock.
A youth team player at Notts County, Manny had spells at Grimsby Town, Spalding United and Grantham Town prior to joining the Tigers. Although born in Nottingham, Neil’s father’s roots meant that he identified as Scottish, though he never represented his nation.
Date/Place of Birth: 19 November 1972, Nottingham
Hull City First Game: 24 August 1993, Notts County H (League Cup First Round Second Leg), 20 years, 278 days old
Hull City Final Game: 5 May 2001, Carlisle United A (Division Three), 28 years, 167 days old
Grimsby Town (1990-1991), Spalding Town (1991), Grantham Town (1992-1993), Hull City (1993-2003), Scarborough (2002, loan), Gainsborough Trinity (2002, loan)
Hull City Record
Career: 209 apps, 11 goalsNeil Mann
|1993/94||2 (3)||0||-||-||0 (1)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0|
|1994/95||29 (2)||2||1 (0)||0||1 (1)||0||-||-||1 (1)||0|
|1995/96||34 (4)||1||2 (0)||0||4 (0)||0||-||-||2 (1)||1|
|1996/97||24 (8)||2||1 (2)||1||1 (0)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0|
|1997/98||20 (14)||3||1 (0)||0||2 (1)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0|
|1998/99||16 (4)||1||1 (0)||0||3 (1)||0||-||-||-||-|
|1999/00||2 (0)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|