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Dixie McNeil Dixie McNeil pictured during his management days at the Racecourse Ground
NEWI Cefn Druids will turn to Wrexham legend Dixie McNeil to resurrect their Welsh Premier League season.
He succeeds manager Alan Morgan who resigned at the weekend after the 7-0 defeat at Caersws.
McNeil managed Flint Town United to sixth place in the League of Wales in 1994/5 and Caernarfon Town in 1999/2000 when they beat Swansea City in the FAW Premier Cup.
He started his career as a full-time pro with Leicester City in 1964 before joining Fourth Division Exeter City.
After a spell with Southern League Corby Town, Dixie returned to the Football League with Northampton Town and spent three years with the Cobblers before signing for Lincoln City in 1972 where he played alongside former England manager Graham Taylor
In January 1974 he signed for Football League newcomers Hereford United where he recorded the club’s first ever Football League hat trick in a 5-0 win over Chesterfield.
In 1977, McNeil signed for Wrexham and was a remarkably consistent goalscorer as the Racecourse oufit won the Third Division Championship.
In particular, he is remembered for scoring key goals in FA Cup matches against the Newcastle, Bristol City and Arsenal.
During the 1982-83 season he left Wrexham to rejoin his former club Hereford United and decided to end his Football League career in January 1983.
McNeil has since experienced management at Wrexham - leading them into Europe - at Hereford as John Sillett's assistant and Coventry City as first team coach.
He will be assisted by Druids' commercial manager, Graham 'Ossie' Jones.
21 December 2020