Former City winger dies

One of Norwich City's stars of the 1970s, winger Jimmy Neighbour, has died suddenly at the age of 58.Neighbour, who made 115 appearances for the Canaries, scoring five times, died on Saturday following a heart attack at Holly House private hospital, Buckhurst Hill, where he had been recovering from a hip replacement operation.

One of Norwich City's stars of the 1970s, winger Jimmy Neighbour, has died suddenly at the age of 58.

Neighbour, who made 115 appearances for the Canaries, scoring five times, died on Saturday following a heart attack at Holly House private hospital, Buckhurst Hill, where he had been recovering from a hip replacement operation.

The Chingford-born outside-right joined City from Tottenham for �75,000 in September 1976 and spent three years with the club during John Bond's reign as manager before moving on to West Ham in 1979 for �150,000.

A tricky winger whose style of play suited Bond's attacking philosophy, Neighbour made his Norwich debut in a 3-2 victory over Newcastle at Carrow Road and scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 home win over Liverpool later the same season.


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Before that, Neighbour made 156 senior appearances for Spurs and played in their 1971 League Cup final victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.

He also played for West Ham in the League Cup final against Liverpool in 1981, when the Hammers were beaten in a replay.

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Neighbour, who had a spell with Seattle Sounders in the summer of 1979, also had a brief spell on loan at Bournemouth from Upton Park.

His coaching career included a four-year stint with Enfield, helping them to lift the FA Trophy in 1988, plus spells with West Ham as youth development officer, assistant manager at Doncaster Rovers and manager at St Albans City.

He returned to Tottenham's full-time staff in 2000 as coach to the under-17 side, but left them again in July 2005 after coaching the under-16s the previous season.

Former City boss Ken Brown, who was assistant to Bond during Neighbour's time at Carrow Road, paid tribute to his ex-player, saying: “The best way of summing Jimmy up as a footballer is that he would run through brick walls for you.

“He was a smashing little player, an excellent right-winger with a superb cross on him who also worked very hard when he didn't have the ball and was a good trainer as well. Jimmy was also a thinking player, with a good footballing brain, and he did a great job for us while he was here.

“He was a key man, always one of first names on our team sheet, and was also a lovely fella. To lose him at such a young age is a terrible shock.”

Norwich club secretary Kevan Platt said: “He was the type of player that fans loved, a jinking winger who formed part of the very exciting side that John Bond put together in the mid 1970s.

“He became something of a cult figure and will be fondly remembered by fans of that era.

“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Jimmy and his family at this sad time.”

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