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NEIL HEANEY

Born: 03 November 1971

Came from: Dundee United   Went to: Retired

First game: 26 December 2001   Last game: 26 March 2002

Appearances: 8 (1/7)   Goals: 0

Heaney spent an injury-plagued year at Argyle after being released by Dundee United. He started his career as a schoolboy with Arsenal and progressed to the fringe of the first-team, making a handful of appearances. He also had loan spells with Hartlepool United and Cambridge United before a transfer to Southampton. His form on the wing for Southampton made him a fans' favourite but he was sold to Manchester City after two and a half seasons. Unable to win a regular place in the first-team there he joined Charlton Athletic and Bristol City on loan before being released. After dropping down the divisions to play for Darlington for a year, Heaney was signed by Paul Sturrock at Dundee United. The manager resigned just weeks later, and Heaney rarely played in his 18 months at Tannadice. He was eventually released and re-joined Sturrock at Argyle. A serious knee injury limited his chances at Argyle and after two operations failed to solve the problem, he was forced to retire.

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We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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