Tottenham's Irish Under 21 striker Neale Fenn joined Norwich
on loan on transfer deadline day in March 1998. He made a total
of seven appearances for the Canaries, scoring once in the 5-0
thrashing of Swindon on April 25th 1998. In addition to his appearances
with Norwich, Neale spent an earlier part of the 1997/98 season
on loan to Leyton Orient. A third loan spell occurred in Neale's
career in November 1998 when George Graham allowed him to join
Swindon Town for whom he made his debut on 14th November against
Bradford in a 3-0 away defeat. A fourth session saw him join Lincoln
City on loan later in 1998/99.
On 7th March 2000, Tottenham announced that six of their squad
were up for sale including Fenn and Ruel Fox.
The Football Transfer
website reported on 26th June 2000 that Neale was being lined
up for a £350,000 move across London to ambitious Brentford. However
an "unnamed Dutch side" were also believed to have made an offer.
Neale didn't depart from White Hart Lane as expected until over
a year later. He had a trial with Peterborough in April 2001.
Scoring regularly for the Reserves during his trial (including
2 vs Wycombe on 2nd May), Barry Fry signed Neale on a 12month
contract via a free transfer on 3rd May 2001.
In early June 2003, Neale was linked with a return to North London
as part of the transfer deal that would take Barnet striker Junior
Agogo to Peterborough. He was also linked with Dagenham &
Redbridge. Neale had made just 8 starts during the 2002/03 season.
As a result, his contract was cancelled with mutual consent in
late June 2003.
The following week saw him join Dagenham for pre-season training.
When the Daggers decided instead to opt for new strikers Alex
Meechan and Keith Scott, Neale then
joined Stevenage Borough on trial. He played for Boro against
Potters Bar and Peterborough, the former game seeing Scott
Howie also trial for Stevenage. On 21st August 2003, Neale
abandoned English football and signed for Eircom League side Waterford
United. He transferred to Cork City in December 2003. He has became
a crucial part of the team and was a near ever-present in Cork
Citys successful league title campaign of 2005. He is now settled
in Cork with his wife and baby girl and operates a fashion store
Indigo in the City Centre with team-mate Joe Gamble.
Neale joined Bohemians after his contract with Cork City F.C.
expired in November 2006. Fenn got the only goal of Bohemians'
opening game in the 2008 Eircom League as they defeated Galway
United 1-0 on 8th March 2008.
Neale moved to Dundalk in January 2010
On July 29th 2010, he announced his retirement from football
with immediate effect due to personal reasons. Fenn insisted he
would not be making a return to football. I think once
you finish you might as well finish rather than making all sorts
of comebacks. At the moment, I cant see myself coming back
at all. However, only four days later on 3rd August
2010 Fenn signed for Shamrock Rovers until the end of the 2010
In 2011, he joined Swords Celtic of the Leinster Senior League.