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Lucas Neill

Squad Number: 2
Position: Defender
Born: 9th Mar 1978 (Sydney)
Signed: 22nd Jan 2007 (£1,500,000)
Contract: 2½ years
Previous Club: Blackburn Rovers

KUMB Awards: Best Signing (runner up) 2006/07; Most Missed (third place) 2009/10.

Lucas was one of the 2007 January transfer window's hottest properties, and rejected overtures from the likes of Newcastle and Liverpool before opting to return to London.

Neill began his career in England with Millwall as a 17-year-old trainee before moving to Blackburn in 2001, where he became a firm favourite of the supporters.

Despite Mark Hughes making him club captain Neill felt that after six years at Ewood Park it was time for a change, and opted for a return to the capital with the Hammers - much to the annoyance of Liverpool who though they only had to pick up the phone ijn order to lure him to Merseyside.

 

2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

Lucas Neill is yet to play this season.

 

2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

Lucas Neill is yet to play this season.

 

2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

Lucas Neill is yet to play this season.

 

2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

Lucas Neill is yet to play this season.

 

2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

Lucas Neill is yet to play this season.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

2-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 24th May 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Caught the eye in the centre of defence with a calm performance. The late chip would have been a hellova goal.

0-3 v Liverpool (h) 9th May 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Partially at fault for the first and never quite seemed comfortable.

1-0 v Stoke City (a) 2nd May 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Another fine run out for the skipper who, apart from his all round performance, was constantly geeing up and encouraging the rest of the team. The towel thing was funny too.

0-1 v Chelsea (h) 25th April 2009
by Gordon Thrower

I thought he had a fine game in his usual spot.

2-0 v Sunderland (h) 4th April 2009
by Gordon Thrower

A decent performance in an unfamiliar role. Let nobody down.

1-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 21st March 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Moved to the middle to cover injuries he had a tough battling 90 minutes being manhandled by Roberts and Samba.

0-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 16th March 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Solid enough when moved into the middle after Upson’s departure, though the suspicion remained that a sterner test might have caused problems.

0-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 16th March 2009
by John Simkin

Gave the ball away several times when moving forward but was not really troubled defensively.

1-0 v Manchester City (h) 21st February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Strong match and his clearing header from the late free-kick saved the match for us.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 14th February 2009
by John Simkin

For the first time in several games he was not targeted by the opposition. Benefited by the fact that Downing played in the centre instead of wide left.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 14th February 2009
by East Stand Martin

Did well to keep his cool in the face of some provocation in the second half. Did ok without Behrami’s help.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 14th February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Did well to keep his cool in the face of some provocation in the second half. Did ok without Behrami’s help.

0-1 v Manchester United (h) 8th February 2009
by John Simkin

Nearly 25% of his passes went astray but did manage to get two shots on target.

0-1 v Manchester United (h) 8th February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Not a bad game though he was helped by Pep’s shackling of Ronaldo.

0-0 v Arsenal (a) 31st January 2009
by East Stand Martin

Given a difficult time by Nasri but stuck to the task well.

0-0 v Arsenal (a) 31st January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Given a difficult time by Nasri but stuck to the task well.

0-0 v Arsenal (a) 31st January 2009
by John Simkin

Given a torrid time against Samir Nasri. Also gave the ball away several times.

2-0 v Hull City (h) 28th January 2009
by John Simkin

Hull played without wide men he had little to do in defence. Provided some good crosses in the first-half.

3-1 v Fulham (h) 18th January 2009
by John Simkin

His distribution was better today but his forays into the opposition half always make me very nervous. His slow jog back to his position is unacceptable and is lucky to retain the faith of Zola.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 10th January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Ok though his blushes were spared a bit by a push on Collins in the second half.

0-0 v Portsmouth (h) 15th November 2008
by East Stand Martin

Did ok at both right and, eventually left back when forced to move by Cheri’s injury.

0-0 v Portsmouth (h) 15th November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Did ok at both right and, eventually left back when forced to move by Cheri’s injury.

1-3 v Everton (h) 8th November 2008
by East Stand Martin

Coped ok after the enforced move into the centre, though I prefer to se him at full back.

1-3 v Everton (h) 8th November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Coped ok after the enforced move into the centre, though I prefer to se him at full back.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (a) 1st November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

An improvement on Faubert at right-back. Made at least one telling interception.

1-3 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th October 2008
by Gordon Thrower

I thought he was the better of the central pair today.

2-1 v Fulham (a) 28th September 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Early on needed a bit of sorting out but improved as the game went on. The penalty was instinctive rather than deliberate.

3-1 v Newcastle United (h) 20th September 2008
by Alex Shilling

On the whole played well. One slip let Owen in for a goal.

3-1 v Newcastle United (h) 20th September 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Mugged by Owen for the goal but otherwise comfortable.

2-3 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 13th September 2008
by East Stand Martin

Celebrated his return to the right-back slot with his first ever goal for the club. Still looking a little off the pace though.

4-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 30th August 2008
by East Stand Martin

Worryingly done for pace again towards the end of the game. Redeemed himself somewhat with yet another assist from a dead ball that was replica Moore-to-Hurst-in-66.

4-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 30th August 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Another who improved on his form once he was moved back to his preferred position. Set up Bellamy for the third.

0-3 v Manchester City (a) 24th August 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Everyone knows he’s not a right back. Not a bad first half but mugged twice in the second for goals. Get well soon Linda.

0-3 v Manchester City (a) 24th August 2008
by Alex Shilling

I'm being generous with this. I didn't see him win the ball against Elano once the whole game.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by Nick Bull

Looked a little better on the left than he had done in pre-season but I’ll be happier when Linda’s back.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by East Stand Martin

Looked a little better on the left than he had done in pre-season but I’ll be happier when Linda’s back.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Looked a little better on the left than he had done in pre-season but I’ll be happier when Linda’s back.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by Alex Shilling

Much improved defensively on last season. Also offered decent attacking threat too and produced several good crosses.

2-3 v MLS AllStars (n) 25th July 2008
by Graeme Howlett

A woeful performance from the captain who looks a good yard off the pace. the challenge for the penalty was horrible to watch.

 

2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

2-2 v Aston Villa (h) 10th May 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Seemed a yard short against the admittedly pacy Young.

1-4 v Manchester United (a) 3rd May 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Booked for being headbutted. Slipped over for the first. Backed off way too much for the fourth.

1-4 v Manchester United (a) 3rd May 2008
by Alex Shilling

Has been good at centre back in last two games, but finaly came undone today against Man Utd's stars. None of the quick thinking or timely interceptions we've seen in the last two games, he was outshone by Tomkins and was at fault for the second goal, letting the line down when they tried to play offside.

2-2 v Newcastle United (h) 26th April 2008
by Alex Shilling

Did well at centre back, didn't stray out of position as he often does when at right back. Looked solid.

2-2 v Newcastle United (h) 26th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Worked well with Tomkins and kept both Owen and Viduka pretty quiet.

2-1 v Derby County (h) 19th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Not too bad in his less-familiar central role but I’d hope that Upson might be fit sooner rather than later for the sterner tests that are to follow.

0-1 v Portsmouth (h) 8th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

A quiet game and now possibly injured.

1-2 v Sunderland (a) 29th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

One decent goal-line clearance but not helped by his having to change position every few mins.

1-1 v Everton (a) 22nd March 2008
by Graeme Howlett

One of his best performances for some time, the cross for Ashton's goal was superb (and clearly something worked on in training).

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 17th March 2008
by Alex Shilling

Not bad. Always seems to do well against his former club, but strayed out of position for the goal and offered little attacking threat. Excellent distribution though.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 17th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Better than of late but there were still some worrying moments – such as the way he was caught out of position for the Blackburn goal.

0-4 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 10th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Another shaky one. The right back position is becoming of some concern to me at the moment.

0-4 v Chelsea (h) 1st March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Constantly caught out of position. Needs to buck up his ideas.

1-0 v Fulham (a) 23rd February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Fairly comfortable though a couple of passes went astray.

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by East Stand Martin

I would never suggest that a player should avoid playing for his country (well apart from Heskey perhaps) but Curbs will have to look at whether he is really up to playing for us after such a long journey. Conned for the penalty.

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

I would never suggest that a player should avoid playing for his country (well apart from Heskey perhaps) but Curbs will have to look at whether he is really up to playing for us after such a long journey. Conned for the penalty.

1-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 2nd February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Hoofed it long too often and got wound up too easily by Brown’s habit of falling over without contact.

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by East Stand Martin

Torres was a tough opponent but Neill stuck to the task admirably.

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Torres was a tough opponent but Neill stuck to the task admirably.

0-1 v Manchester City (a) 16th January 2008
by Jacob Steinberg

He was fairly solid in the first half, but it was a chastening experience from then on against Petrov, he was chasing shadows.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Jacob Steinberg

Given a torrid time by Petrov. He wanted to deal with the winger by pushing him off the pitch, but he was too slow to catch him and his substitution was correct.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Had a torrid time against Petrov and his tight hamstring probably came as some sort of blessed relief.

0-2 v Arsenal (a) 1st January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

A lot of hard work defensively but was too eager to lump it in the general direction of anywhere when sometimes there was a more considered pass available.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by East Stand Martin

Good solid performance – was pulled inside for the goal by Tevez who was otherwise anonymous – which should give you some idea as to how good the defence was today.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Good solid performance – was pulled inside for the goal by Tevez who was otherwise anonymous – which should give you some idea as to how good the defence was today.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

His form has been sketchy of late, and although he lost Giggs for the goal, he denied him anything else and supported the attack when he could.

1-1 v Reading (h) 26th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

A mixed bag defensively, though he was involved in the build up to Solano's goal.

0-2 v Everton (h) 15th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

He struggled at times with the fluidity of Everton's midfield, finding himself out on position on occasion. His passing was often wayward.

0-2 v Everton (h) 15th December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Lacks effectiveness going forward in the absence of Bellamy as the Welshman is usually his “out” ball.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 1st December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Good in parts – simply got on with it when copping an elbow from Kalou, an incident which led to him changing shirt to become “Lucas Neill - the man with no name”.

1-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 24th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Some good stuff defensively – a difficult job made harder by the ref’s, er, eccentricities.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Another competent performance although he needed to be more clinical in forward positions.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by East Stand Martin

Another competent performance although he needed to be more clinical in forward positions.

1-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 4th November 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Another competent performance although he needed to be more clinical in forward positions.

2-1 v Coventry City (a) 30th October 2007
by Graeme Howlett

A better performance from the captain who is slowly beginning to regain his form of last season.

0-1 v Aston Villa (a) 6th October 2007
by Alex Shilling

Has looked completely out of his depth in the last three matches and against Villa's pacy forwards today.

0-1 v Aston Villa (a) 6th October 2007
by East Stand Martin

Still far from the player we saw at the tail-end of last season.

0-1 v Arsenal (h) 28th September 2007
by Josh Tappin

Looked tired, sloppy passing, not playing as well as he can.

3-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 15th September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

If you spend 36 hours on a plane in midweek you are going to be struggling come Saturday. Which presumably is why they make the pilots take a few hours off from time to time.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Poor against Bristol Rovers, he was a strong presence yesterday. Adds a bit of nastiness to the side- but he can defend as well.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by East Stand Martin

Another good one from the skipper who could easily have found himself wound-up by Lita’s antics – but didn’t.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Another good one from the skipper who could easily have found himself wound-up by Lita’s antics – but didn’t.

2-1 v Bristol Rovers (a) 28th August 2007
by Graeme Howlett

A solid performance from the club captain.

1-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 25th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

Fairly solid but there was the odd problem with his distribution.

1-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 25th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Fairly solid but there was the odd problem with his distribution.

1-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 25th August 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

A welcome return for the Hammers skipper and he was a solid presence with good distribution.

 

2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

1-0 v Manchester United (a) 13th May 2007
by East Stand Martin

There was one dodgy ball played back towards his own goal but he performed well and I’ll be glad to have him on board next season.

1-0 v Manchester United (a) 13th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower

There was one dodgy ball played back towards his own goal but he performed well and I’ll be glad to have him on board next season.

3-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th May 2007
by East Stand Martin

The vibes from the ground are that he will be staying whatever the outcome of the relegation battle. Hope so. A good solid game.

3-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower

The vibes from the ground are that he will be staying whatever the outcome of the relegation battle. Hope so. A good solid game.

3-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 28th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

Composed at right back and provides high quality distribution.

3-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 28th April 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Composed at right back and provides high quality distribution.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by East Stand Martin

Strong match and is getting closer to the scoring his first goal for the club.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Strong match and is getting closer to the scoring his first goal for the club.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

Excellent performance from a player whose influence is proving to be a major factor in our mini-revival.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Excellent performance from a player whose influence is proving to be a major factor in our mini-revival.

2-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 31st March 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

He had Downing - booed - in his pocket. Always encouraging and leading the defence, his signing looks invaluable.

2-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 31st March 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Solid and determined. Excellent to see him a little less shackled and getting into advanced positions. But the biggest bonus of all is that he lasted 90 minutes.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 17th March 2007
by Graeme Howlett

A decent showing on the return to his former club. A target for the home fans throughout the game, the big Aussie had the last laugh - and more importantly, lasted a full 90 minutes.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 17th March 2007
by East Stand Martin

A decent showing on the return to his former club. A target for the home fans throughout the game, the big Aussie had the last laugh - and more importantly, lasted a full 90 minutes.

3-4 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 4th March 2007
by East Stand Martin

Some excellent play, a welcome return to the side. At fault however for the penalty which gave Spurs the initiative back.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by Nick Bull

January 13th. Collins is rushed back against Fulham. He gets injured. Why was Lucas bought in so quickly when he wasn’t 100%? Poor management.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by East Stand Martin

Oh bloody hell how many more injuries are we going to get?

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Oh bloody hell how many more injuries are we going to get?

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by East Stand Martin

Some promising stuff marred by a silly yellow card and of course the injury that means we won’t be seeing too much of him for a bit.

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Some promising stuff marred by a silly yellow card and of course the injury that means we won’t be seeing too much of him for a bit.

 

2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

Lucas Neill has no entries for this season.

 

2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

Lucas Neill has no entries for this season.