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 – a rare example of a lad who played for ‘both’ Boro’s. After his time in Teeside, the player then stepped down into non-league with Eastwood Town. After a successful spell at 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 did much to limit his game time, he still 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; one of Paul Fairclough‘s first signings on his return to the club. He settled well with us; making nearly 60 appearances during his stay at Broadhall Way. And, most often, he was used largely as an impact sub – accounting for most of his 17 goals came from.

 

Neil Illman: After Boro’

After leaving Stevenage in 2002, Illman rejoined Northwich. After that, he had spells back at Eastwood and then Stratford Town. We lose the scent after a 2003 move to Askern Welfare – but we guess that’s where he hung up his football boots. If you know more, do let us know.

Author: Matthew Kett

Image: Keith Mayhew (if incorrect, please contact us and we’ll happily credit you)

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