Gedling resident Paul Mace produces a weekly Notts County podcast featuring former club players and managers.
This week it’s the turn of ex Notts midfielder warrior Neal Bishop to step into the hot-seat in an episode entitled; Stockton to Juve.
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Neal Bishop has to pinch himself when he recalls his journey from Billingham Town to Juventus.
Throw in a goal against the galacticos of Manchester City in a televised FA Cup match.
Not forgetting a League Two championship success with Notts in 2010 and all the drama that came with former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson and the Munto episode.
Now he has called time on his playing career and started a new coaching journey with Mansfield Town.
Bishop clocked up more appearances at Notts than with any of his other professional clubs – Barnet, Blackpool, Scunthorpe and Mansfield.
And in a no-holds barred podcast, Bishop recalls: “It’s not been a bad journey has it ?
“I remember playing with my dad who was nearly 50 and my brother for Billingham Town in the early days. I didn’t make my Football League debut until I was 25 with Barnet.
“And then I had a fantastic time with Notts. Joining in the Munto year was a surreal experience but great fun.
“And to think a lad from Stockton ended up meeting Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero and swapping shirts with him when we opened Juventus’ stadium in Turin.
“Scoring against Manchester City was unbelievable – mind you I wasn’t even stood in the right place where I was supposed to be for the corner. Wrong place, right time.”
Bishop reveals that after five years and playing under a succession of different managers he felt it was the right time to leave the club and join Blackpool.
And despite many fans wanting his return he did not consider a playing return to Meadow Lane – and instead opted to join Mansfield Twon.
Bishop retired from pro football in the summer and is now embarking on a coaching career.
Eventually he hopes to move into management … and is not ruling out a managerial return one day !
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