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Neil Stanley Maddison (born 2 October 1969) is an English former footballer. His main position was in central midfield, but he played in all outfield positions during his career. He has been the co-commentator on Middlesbrough games for BBC Tees since the start of the 2013–14 season.[3]

Neil Maddison
Personal information
Full name Neil Stanley Maddison[1]
Date of birth (1969-10-02) 2 October 1969 (age 50)[1]
Place of birth Darlington, England[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Youth career
1984–1988 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1997 Southampton 169 (19)
1997–2001 Middlesbrough 55 (4)
2000Barnsley (loan) 3 (0)
2001Bristol City (loan) 7 (1)
2001–2007 Darlington 115 (4)
Total 349 (28)
Teams managed
2006 Darlington (joint caretaker)
2009 Darlington (joint caretaker)
2010 Darlington (joint caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Maddison signed as a trainee with Southampton in 1984 and stayed with them until 1997 when he made a £250,000 transfer to Middlesbrough where he spent time on loan to Bansley and Bristol City (where he scored once against Oldham Athletic).[4] Then he went back to his home town club, Darlington. From there he has gone on to coach the youth team in Darlington and also has a role in the club's centre of excellence.

Coaching careerEdit

On 30 September 2006, David Hodgson was suspended by the club following a run of poor results and a possible approach from AFC Bournemouth, leaving Maddison and Martin Gray as joint caretakers for up to two weeks while an internal investigation was carried out.[5] He remained in charge until Dave Penney was appointed on 30 October.[6] On 5 January 2007, Darlington agreed to end Maddison's playing contract so he could concentrate on being youth coach full-time.

In February 2008, after Mick Tait had left Darlington, Maddison took over the role as reserve team coach with Craig Liddle taking the role of youth team coach.

On 8 May 2009, it was reported that Darlington's administrators, Brackenbury Clark and Company, had released the majority of the first team squad from their contracts to cut costs, with immediate effect, as well as the club's coaching staff and administrative staff including the caretaker manager Martin Gray, leaving Liddle and Maddison as joint temporary caretaker managers.[7] They remained in these posts until Colin Todd was appointed on 20 May.[8]

Since 20 May 2009, Maddison has been working as Darlington's centre of excellence manager.[citation needed]

After Todd was dismissed from Darlington, Maddison was appointed to assist Liddle as temporary caretaker assistant manager as Liddle was appointed caretaker manager.

On 5 October 2009, the former Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton took over as the new permanent manager until the end of that season with the former Sunderland coach Kevin Richardson as his assistant.[9] On 21 March 2010, Maddison joined Liddle as caretaker yet again after the sacking of Staunton,[10] before Simon Davey was appointed manager on 1 April.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Neil Maddison". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Neil Maddison". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  3. ^ Vickers, Anthony (4 June 2013). "Neil Maddison takes on BBC Radio Tees matchday role". Gazette Live. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Bristol City 2–2 Oldham". BBC. 27 March 2001. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Quakers suspend manager Hodgson". BBC Sport. 30 September 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Penney named as Darlington boss". BBC Sport. 30 October 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Darlington put squad up for free". BBC Sport. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Houghton and Todd to lead Quakers". BBC Sport. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Staunton appointed new Quakers boss". Darlington F.C. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009.
  10. ^ "Darlington part company with manager Steve Staunton". BBC Sport. 21 March 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Simon Davey named as new Darlington manager". BBC Sport. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2011.

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