Mansfield midfielder Neal Bishop is chasing promotion to League One
Neal Bishop went from pub football to the Championship and now he is targeting promotion with Mansfield at the age of 37. Adam Bate caught up with him to find out how he rediscovered his love for the game and why he plans to play on and on…
When Mansfield take on Lincoln on Monday night, the oldest player on the pitch will be the home side’s midfielder Neal Bishop. He is 37 now, a strong candidate to be their player of the year, and is chasing another promotion for his collection. Which makes it all the more remarkable to think what he was doing when he was the age of most of his team-mates.
Extraordinary as it might seem given that Bishop is such a fan favourite at Mansfield, just as he was at Notts County, Scunthorpe and others before this, he was once lost to the game. He didn’t make his Football League debut until he was 26. He had become disillusioned following his release by boyhood club Middlesbrough as a teenager.