McNeil, 'Dixie'

Birth Date

16th January 1947


Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire



Biographical Text

Richard 'Dixie' McNeil played for Exeter City relatively early in his 521-game, 239-goal Football League career. Signing from Leicester City in 1966, he scored eleven times in 31 league games for Exeter before continuing to score on a regular basis for Northampton, Lincoln, Hereford and Wrexham. 

Dixie signed for his local club Leicester City after playing for Holwell Works but didn’t make a league appearance for the Filbert Street side and joined Exeter City in June 1966.

Making his debut against Wrexham - where he was later a great success - on 20 August 1966 Dixie missed the following six games before next appearing against Crewe on 27 September. Scoring on that occasion, he netted four times in October and appeared regularly until January. Subsequently missing from the team for two months, he finished the season with a run of twelve games during which he scored on three occasions.

Released in May 1967, Dixie returned to the East Midlands to join Corby Town before a £5,000 move back to the Football League with Northampton Town for £5,000 in May 1969. Spending two-and- a- half seasons at the County Ground, he scored 33 goals from 86 league outings before a switch to Lincoln City in January 1972 (53 goals in 97 league appearances) followed by Hereford United in August 1974 (85 goals in just 129 league matches). 

Dixie then moved to Wrexham for £60,000 In September 1977 where he netted 54 times in 167 league matches before a return to Hereford United in October 1982. He subsequently signed for Chirk AAA at the age of thirty-six ahead of becoming Wrexham manager in 1985 and helping the club win the Welsh Cup and perform well in the European Cup Winners' Cup. After a later spell as assistant manager at Coventry City, Dixie worked in sales for a brewery and reported on Wrexham's games for local radio prior to becoming manager of Flint Town United and later Caernarfon Town and Cefn Druids.







Terry Ponsford

He was known as Dixie McNeil and as a 13 year old he was my hero. He wore his socks turned down a certain way and when I played I tried to replicate it. I didn't remember it was only one season, but I think he was a bit of a rebel so perhaps our manager couldn't handle him.

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