Neil Illman Player Profile

Debut: Scarborough (H, 1-1), 19/08/2000  

Joining us in 2000, forward Neil Illman started his career as a trainee at Middlesbrough – before moving down into non-league with Eastwood Town. After a successful spell with the Badgers and finding the net often, he earned a move back into the Football League with a switch to Plymouth Argyle.

Unfortunately, that move didn’t work out and he went to Cambridge United. While at The Abbey, he moved out on loan to Exeter City. Illman’s time with the Grecians was followed by a permanent move to Northwich; a club at which Illman found his feet. Although injury limited his game time, he contributed 16 goals during a two-year spell.

After a couple of loan moves to the likes of Doncaster and Frickley Athletic, Illman signed for Stevenage in 2000 as one of Paul Fairclough’s first signings upon his return to the club. He settled well at Stevenage and made 59 appearances during his stay at Broadhall Way, used largely as an impact sub and where the majority of his 17 goals came from.

 

Neil Illman: After Boro’

After leaving Stevenage in 2002, Illman rejoined Northwich. After that, he had spells at Eastwood and Stratford Town. We lose track of things after his 2003 move to Askern Welfare – but we presume that’s where he hung up his football boots.

Author: Matthew Kett

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