Youngest ever Arsenal captain and former manager Terry Neill dies aged 80

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Arsenal's youngest ever captain and their former manager Terry Neill has died at the age of 80.

The ex-Northern Ireland international played over 270 games at centre-back for the Gunners having taken the armband when he was just 20 years old. He went on to manage them from 1976-1983 after crossing the north London divide from rivals Tottenham.

During his time at the helm, Neill guided Arsenal to a European final and three consecutive FA Cup finals, one of which they won in 1979. His more-than seven-year reign was brought to an end in December 1983, after which he retired from football.

Later in life he went on to host the Football Writers' Association's committee meetings. The FWA led the tributes to him, tweeting: "We at the FWA are saddened to hear that Terry Neill has died at the age of 80. The former Arsenal and Northern Ireland player and manager was a good friend of many of us, and for a period hosted FWA committee meetings in his London sports bar. #RIPTerry."

Liam Brady, who was Arsenal's man of the match when they beat Manchester United to lift the FA Cup under Neill, said: "I feel very sad. We were together for the 40th reunion of the 79 Cup Final three years ago and it was great to have everybody together again.

"Three Cup Finals on the trot was some achievement back in the day. Terry and Don Howe took us there. I’m sure they’ll enjoy being together again."

Neill joined Arsenal as a player from Bagnor for £2,500 in 1959. As he broke through to become a regular in the first team, he also established himself on the international stage with Northern Ireland. He became player-manager for his country alongside his duties in the same role for Hull City.

After hanging up his boots in 1973, he went on to take charge of Spurs for two seasons before returning to his former club. At the age of 34, he became Arsenal's youngest ever manager as well as their youngest ever captain.

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