- Neville Chamberlain (footballer)
Neville Chamberlain Personal information Full name Neville Patrick Chamberlain Date of birth 22 January 1960 Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England Playing position Forward Youth career Port Vale Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1977–1982 Port Vale 141 (32) 1982–1984 Stoke City 7 (0) 1984 → Newport County (loan) 6 (2) 1984 → Plymouth Argyle (loan) 11 (3) 1984–1985 Newport County 41 (13) 1985–1987 Mansfield Town 61 (19) 1987–1988 Doncaster Rovers 29 (4) Stafford Rangers Worksop Town Shepshed Charterhouse Matlock Town Leek Town Rocester Total 296+ (73+) Teams managed Hanley Town * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Chamberlain – the older brother of England international Mark Chamberlain – became the first black player to sign professional forms for Port Vale when he put pen to paper in January 1978, having made his debut on New Year's Eve. With 11 goals in the 1979–80 season and 13 in the 1980–81 season he was the club's top scorer two seasons running. However he suffered a decline in form and was sold to rivals Stoke City in September 1982 for a £40,000 fee. He had played 158 games (141 in the league) for the Vale and scored 41 goals (32 in the league). As well as Stoke, he played for Newport County (on loan), Plymouth Argyle, Mansfield Town, Doncaster Rovers, Stafford Rangers, Worksop Town, Shepshed Charterhouse, Matlock Town, Leek Town and Rocester.
He worked as an agent for his brother Mark, and also worked as assistant manager at Alsager Town and manager of Hanley Town. When the pair played together for Port Vale they used to swap shirts at half-time so as to confuse opposition players attempting to mark his brother.
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