Neale Marmon

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Neale Marmon
Personal information
Full name Neale Gordon Marmon
Date of birth (1961-04-21) 21 April 1961 (age 57)
Place of birth Bournemouth, England
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Torquay United 4 (0)
1982–1983 SC Rinteln
1983–1984 TuS Hessisch Oldendorf 28 (4)
1984–1989 VfL Osnabrück 169 (13)
1989–1990 Hannover 96 13 (0)
1990–1991 Colchester United 59 (6)
1991–1993 FC Homburg 54 (2)
1993–1996 FSV Salmrohr
1996–1997 SV Elversberg 26 (0)
2001 SV Bliesen
Teams managed
1996–2001 SV Elversberg
2002 SC Preußen Münster
FC Kutzhof
2011– SG Schwemlingen/Tünsdorf/Ballern
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Neale Gordon Marmon (born 21 April 1961 in Bournemouth) is an English former footballer who spent the majority of his career in Germany.[1]

Marmon, son of an officer in the British Army, grew up partly in Germany. Apart from football, Marmon also won a state swimming championship in Lower Saxony,[2] and was an outstanding basketballer. He became the central figure of FC 08 Homburg's shock 4–2 away cup win over FC Bayern Munich in August 1991.[3][4]


Marmon spent his early football years at Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United, making four appearances for the later in the 1979–80 season. In 1982, he joined SC Rinteln and, the following year, TuS Hessisch-Oldendorf, two amateur clubs from the German state of Lower Saxony.[2] With Hessisch-Oldendorf, he played in the third division Oberliga Nord for a season before joining VfL Osnabrück in the same league.[5]

He began his professional football career in Germany with VfL Osnabrück in the German 2. Bundesliga in 1985, having won the Oberliga championship the previous year.[3] After five seasons with the club, he was transferred to Hannover 96 for the sum of DM 150,000.[3] He played with the Hanover club for half a season in the 2. Bundesliga but fell out with manager Slobodan Cendic and moved to his country of birth, joining Colchester United in January 1990 to play in the Fourth Division.[1] Despite having only spend half a season with the club, he became Colchester's player of the year in 1990.[6]

Colchester was relegated to non-league football at the end of the 1989–90 season and Marmon remained with the club to see the side finish runners-up in the Football Conference.

Marmon returned to Germany in 1991, spending a further two seasons in the German second division, now with FC 08 Homburg. He became the hero of the clubs 4–2 extra time DFB-Pokal victory over FC Bayern Munich in Munich on 17 August 1991, when he successfully neutralised Bayern's forwards.[4] Dropping out of fully professional football, he remained in south-western Germany and spent time with third division sides FSV Salmrohr and, later, SV Elversberg, first becoming player-manager and later manager with the club. Marmon coached Elversberg from December 1996 to April 2001, when he was dismissed, followed by a short spell at SC Preußen Münster in 2002.[1] He had two more spells with local German southwest amateur clubs as player and manager following his time in Münster.

Since 2011, he is coach of local amateur side SG Schwemlingen/Tünsdorf/Ballern.[7]

Private life

Post full-time football, Marmon, works for a sports article manufacturer, living alternately in London and Merzig, Germany. He got married in 2007.[4]

By profession, he is a qualified sports teacher as well as a physical therapist.[5]



Colchester United[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Neale Marmon". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Ex-Profi Marmon: "Ich habe früher mehr Hunger gehabt"" (in German). Schaumburger Zeitung. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Marmon, Neale" (in German). Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. March 2001. Retrieved 14 August 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "So schafft ihr das Wunder" (in German). Bild. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Neale Marmon" (in German). Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Player awards". Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "SG Schwemlingen/Tünsdorf/Ballern: Trainer Neale Marmon nach großem Umbruch zuversichtlich" (in German). Saarbrücker Zeitung. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Conference Honours". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 

External links

  • Neale Marmon at Colchester United Archive Database
  • Neale Marmon at
  • Neale Marmon at (in German)
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