Lancaster City boss pays tribute to retiring captain Marshall

Phil Brown.
Phil Brown.

Lancaster City boss Phil Brown has paid tribute to long-serving captain Neil Marshall who is to retire at the end of the season.

The central defender, who has made more that 400 appearances for the club, has revealed he is battling cancer and wants to spend more time with his family.

Brown said: “I’ve been lucky to be involved with Neil over two spells, the first as assistant manager under Tony (Hesketh).

“He was unbelievable character and player for us in that period.

“I could always rely on him, he was committed both on the pitch and off it and was Lancaster City through and through.

“He was unbelievable in terms of his professionalism. He was integral in those sides Tony put together and integral in helping them achieve relative success.

“I’ve come back and Neil’s still here and he’s little bit older but he’s exactly how I remembered him.

“He’s solid, dependable and he’s great to have in your team and a great captain.

“He represents Lancaster City with pride and to be honest I couldn’t ask for a better captain.

“There’s sadness with Neil retiring and why he’s doing it but he’s been brilliant for me and I wish him well.”