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Neil Aspin

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Position Right back
Born 12 Apr 1965, Gateshead (England)
Height 182 cm
Weight 87 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Aug 1981 28 Jul 1989 244 6 £200000
Port Vale 28 Jul 1989 13 Jul 1999 410 3 £0
Darlington 13 Jul 1999 23 Jan 2001 60 0 £0
Hartlepool United 19 Jan 2001 26 Jun 2001 11 0 £0
Harrogate Town 26 Jun 2001        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1981 - 1982 1   0   0   0   0  
1982 - 1983 14(1)   4   0   0   0  
1983 - 1984 21 1 3   2   0   0  
1984 - 1985 32 1 1   0   0   0  
1985 - 1986 38 2 1   1   0   2  
1986 - 1987 41 1 5   2 1 0   6  
1987 - 1988 25(1)   1   2   0   1  
1988 - 1989 31(2)   2   2   0   2  
Total 203(4) 5 17   9 1 0   11  

Jabba's Comments

An honest, 100% player who filled the right-back slot for most of Leeds' stay in Division 2 in the 1980s. He made his debut under Allan Clarke at the age of 16 and notably postponed his wedding to avoid the unexpected clash with the FA Cup semi-final game against Coventry in 1987.

The arrival of Howard Wilkinson - and more particularly Mel Sterland - spelled the end of his time at Leeds. He moved on to Port Vale where he spent 10 years, before moving back to his native north-east to anchor the Darlington defence at the age of 34. He moved on to Hartlepool in early 2001 and after helping them shore up their defence for the rest of the season, joined Harrogate Town as player-coach in summer 2001.

Neale Sheldon says: I come from the Port Vale area and I told Neil that Vale had been watching him. Neil said,"do you really think I'd leave Leeds for them?" Needless to say Wilko, had other ideas and to Vale he went. Neil Aspin's wife carried a yellow rubber washing up glove as a lucky item during Leeds' FA Cup run and play offs under Bremner.

John Oliver says: Went to school with Neil from 1976 until he left to join Leeds. Funny thing I remembered his birthday was in April - but it was only when looking at your site realised it was the same as my sons born some 29 years later. Haven't seen Neil for years.

Les Cole says: saw Neil Aspin play for the Vale and can only say not a lot got past him. He was a rock at the back. Sorry to see him move on but had a very good testimonial when the likes of robbie earle and robbie williams played and he had a very good time.

Mark Hassall says: I am a Port Vale fan, Neil Aspin was one of the best defenders ever to put on a Vale shirt. He sweated blood for the club and was a model profesional. How I wish we still had him now.

chris montgomery says: i did a football course with him in spain alcudia

Matty Hebditch says: I remember a fantastic solo goal by 'Skull' (as we liked to call him) at home to the mighty Shrewsbury in the 'nearly' season of 86/87. he must've ran from the half-way line, admittedly looking like he was going to fall over his feet a few times on his way to goal. Great player for Leeds- he loved the club, never gave up and despite not being the silkiest, most skillfull player in the team (at a time when skillfull Leeds players were thin on the ground) he was a solid, robust, brave and mostly reliable defender who loved to get stuck in. If not a bona fide Leeds legend, then a fondly-remembered cult figure who was prepared to get blood on his boots for the Whites' cause.

George Macdonald says: Had the pleasure of going on 2 school tours with Neil as a teacher - to Glasgow (1980) & Rhyll (1981). Even then he was rock solid as a footballer and as a human being. Saw him make his debut against Middlesbrough. Not many people know this, but he went to the same school as Paul Gascoigne - chalk & cheese.

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