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Neil Harris 2011 - 2013
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Fullname:Neil Harris
Birthday:Tuesday 12th July 1977
Height:5ft 11inWeight:12st 8lb
Position, records and matches
Usual position: Forward
Records:Millwall-All time leading scorer
First game:6th August 2011 home to Hereford United won 1-0
Last game:12th March 2013 home to AFC Wimbledon lost 1-3
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Maldon TownApprentice94-97
Cambridge CityPlayer97-98
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Pl + G show league games played and goals only

22nd June 2013

Neil Harris began his career with Great Wakering Rovers and went with manager Ben Embery to Maldon Town in 1994, then joined Millwall for £30,000 in 1998 having caught the eye while playing for Cambridge City. He scored 18 goals in his first full season with the club in 1998-99, 18 the following season and won the Division One Golden Boot award for his 25 goal haul in the 2000-2001 season.
However in 2001 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, successfully fought off the illness and returned to action a year later. Neil left the New Den in 2004, first joining Cardiff City on loan, before a permanent move to Nottingham Forest, but after three frustrating season's at the City Ground he signed for Gillingham on loan before returning to Millwall in January 2007. In February 2008 he was told he would not be offered a new contract and did not feature in boss Kenny Jackett's first-team plans, but he broke back into the side and helped keep the club in League One. He became the Lion's all time leading scorer on 13 January 2009 when he broke Teddy Sheringham's previous 111 goal record and ultimately reached 138 goals.
In July 2011 he became Southend's first signing of the close season on a three-year deal. He had a year left on his contract at the Den, but had made just 10 starts in 2010/11, scoring three goals. He told the official site "Would I have gone anywhere else? No, I don't think so. It is a lifelong dream to play here."
He appeared in 32 of the 56 games that season, but only played 90 minutes on 12 occasions, despite which he scored 10 goals. The following season he damaged his knee ligament in September and spent four months on the sidelines before making his comeback, but picked up more niggles and missed another month before returning to action. After his 42nd and final appearance in March against AFC Wimbledon he needed an operation on his right knee to re-structure his medial ligaments.
On 21 June 2013 he confirmed his retirement from football ahead of an anticipated return to Millwall as a coach under new manager Steve Lomas saying "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Southend United and realised a boyhood dream by playing for the club I used to watch from the North Bank". His impact on Southend United went far beyond his playing statistics as his enthusiasm and professionalism acted as a motivation to the entire squad during his time at the club and he will be missed.

Article by Robin

Neil's Wiki Page

Southend United Career
YearsTotalsLeagueFA CupLeague CupOther Cup
Start Sub Goal StartSubGoalStartSubGoalStartSubGoalStartSubGoal
2011-2012 27 15 10 21 12 8 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 2 2
2012-2013 1 9 0 0 7 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Southend United Career
Start Sub Goal
Southend United Transfers
Date Team Fee Notes
Joined 9 June 2011 Millwall Free Had year left on Millwall contract
Left 21 June 2013 Retired Free Knee problem + coaching job at Millwall

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Peter Miles, Keith Roe and Peter Mason have all produced books on the Shimpers that I constantly use for reference. Soccernet from ESPN, the tremendous reports and tweets from Chris Philips of the Evening Echo and the stunningly comprehensive information from Tony Brown and the team at ENFA are other excellent sources of information. Thanks must also go to John Walton for allowing me to publish his extremely descriptive match reports.

Finally, although the chances of this being read by any of the contributors to is virtually nil I still would like to place on record my debt to them when it comes to advice on the creation of this website.


A fan's story

My Dad was an Arsenal fan, but his boss supported Southend and sometimes offered him free stand tickets to Roots Hall, so on Saturday 11 March 1961 I was taken to watch Southend play QPR and saw a forgettable 0-0 draw. Two more 0-0 draws, two defeats and one win spread over the next three years did nothing to inspire so, with one exception which was also a defeat, I gave up all real interest in football for the next 7 years.

However on Friday 29 October 1971 encouraged by the Shrimpers good home form that season I went to watch them beat Barrow 1-0 with a Terry Johnson goal, next home game Exeter were beaten 3-0, then Villa 1-0 in the FA Cup and it was as simple as that, I was hooked.

Moving 100 miles from Roots Hall in 1988 did not stop me attending most matches home and away and I have seen 1,992 Southend first team matches and watched them play at 182 grounds since that Barrow win.

Inspired by other fans sites in the mid 90's I decided to produce a site primarily intended to provide statistical and historical information on the Shrimpers from 1971 to the present day. The first site went on line on 1 June 1997, three makeovers followed in reasonably quick succession, until in 2004 I decided to learn PHP web programming and write a bespoke interactive site which certainly went some way beyond the brief I originally set myself.

Although rather proud of my efforts the world of the internet and computers moved on rapidly. Mobile phones and tablets became a common way of accessing information and monitor screen sizes grew substantially wider than the 800 pixels common in 2005. Web technologies changed too so I decided in 2010 to rewrite the site's interface completely and at the same time check and update the database. Three years of quite intensive effort which included spending ages trying to fix things that just weren't working as well as they should produced this site which went live on 15 June 2013.


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Please note that this site is continually evolving and has new historic as well as current information added on a regular basis, but I try to ensure that everything published is correct and note if it is not complete.

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Robin Michel
January 2014