Neil Mochan

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Neil Mochan
Personal information
Date of birth(1927-04-06)6 April 1927
Place of birth Carron, Scotland
Date of death 28 August 1994(1994-08-28) (aged 67)
Place of death Falkirk, Scotland
Position(s) Outside Left / Centre Forward
Youth career
Dunipace Thistle
Senior career*
1944–1951 Morton 82 (57)
1951–1953 Middlesbrough 38 (14)
1953–1960 Celtic 191 (82)
1960–1963 Dundee United 69 (30)
1964–1964 Raith Rovers 18 (4)
National team
1954 Scotland B 1 (0)
1954 Scotland 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Neil Mochan (6 April 1927 – 28 August 1994) [1] was a Scottish professional footballer whose twenty-year playing career included periods in both the Scottish and English top divisions.

Born in Carron, Stirlingshire, he attended St Francis RC School in Falkirk and played juvenile football for Dunipace Thistle. [2] He joined Morton in 1944, where he played for seven seasons before a £14,000 transfer to Middlesbrough. He returned to Scotland two years later, joining Celtic for £8,000.

Celtic won the invitational Coronation Cup in Mochan's second game for the club. He had further success the next year as Celtic won the Double in 1953–54. He made his debut for Scotland at that season's end and was selected in the squad for the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, but Scotland lost to both Austria and Uruguay and exited the competition in the first round.

Mochan had predominantly played as a centre-forward or outside left during his career but, despite a consistent scoring record, he was not always a first-team regular for Celtic. As a result, he became somewhat of a utility player, filling in at inside-left and even left-back when required. [2] He was selected at outside left in the 1957 Scottish League Cup Final and scored twice as Celtic defeated their Old Firm rivals Rangers by 7–1.

In 1960, Mochan joined newly promoted Dundee United and helped them establish their position in the top division. In 1963 he signed for Raith Rovers, his younger brother's former club. [2] Dennis Mochan had joined Raith from East Fife in 1959 but left for Nottingham Forest the year before Neil joined the club.

Mochan returned to Celtic as a trainer after his retirement from playing in 1964. He served for many years as head trainer under his former team-mate Jock Stein and continued in a coaching capacity well into the 1980s, under Stein's successors Billy McNeill and Davie Hay. [2]

A biography of Mochan, Celtic's Smiler by Paul John Dykes, was published in 2015, along with an accompanying feature-length documentary.

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  1. "Neil Mochan". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who, 1872-1986 (Hardback). Hutton Press. ISBN   0-907033-47-4. ().