A Journeyman’s View

About Me- Neill Collins

I am currently a professional football player for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USA and I have  had the great fortune over my 16 year career to play for some fantastic clubs in England including Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and Sheffield United, where I spent over 5 years.

I started at Queens Park, in Scotland, making my debut as a raw 17 year old at Hampden Park before making the move down the road to Dumbarton. I only became a full time professional after leaving the University of Strathclyde at the age of 20 with a BA Sport in the Community degree when Mick McCarthy signed me for Sunderland. The following 12 years in England have seen many ups and downs. I have won the Championship title twice along with promotion from League One with Leeds United. I have suffered two heartbreaking trips to Wembley with Sheffield United as well as a relegation from the Championship. I have lost in the Play-offs on three seperate occasions. I have scored last minute winners and cost last minute penalties. I have amassed over 550 appearances during the last 16 years and have plenty of stories to tell.

I love playing, watching, talking and writing about football. It has been my life. I hope you enjoy reading my views on current topics in the world of football along with tales of some of my own experiences that might help shed some light on what really goes on behind the scenes. I will tell it as I see it.