Tony Neary
Birth nameAnthony Neary
Date of birth (1948-11-25) 25 November 1948 (age 75)
Place of birthManchester, Lancashire, England
SchoolDe La Salle College, Salford
UniversityLiverpool University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
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? to ?
County side:
? to ?
Other representative:
Broughton Park

Barbarian F.C.


North West Counties
North of England
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
England England
United Kingdom British Isles

Anthony Neary (born 25 November 1948)[2] is a former England international rugby union player. He represented England at U18s basketball as well as rugby. He attended De La Salle College in Pendleton, Salford and Liverpool University before qualifying as a solicitor.

Rugby career

Neary played club rugby for Broughton Park. An open-side wing-forward whose international career ran from 1971 to 1980, his 43 appearances for the England team were a record (subsequently beaten) at the time of his retirement. He captained England in seven international matches between March 1975 and March 1976, played for the Barbarians, and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions - to South Africa in 1974 and New Zealand in 1977, playing one international. He was a member of the famous North team which beat the All Blacks at Otley on 17 November 1979. He was one of four Broughton Park players in this side and was joined by teammates Kevin O’Brien at full back, Tony Bond in the centre and Jim Sydall in the second row.[3] Along with Broughton Park team mate Mike Leadbetter, he was also part of a famous North West Counties team which defeated the All Blacks, 16-14, in Workington in 1972.[3]


Neary was jailed for 5 years for theft in February 1998 after admitting stealing money from a trust fund of millionaire friend John Gorna. After his release, he commented on living in London since his release - recently said: "I don't follow rugby any more, I'm just looking to get on with my life."[3][4]


  1. ^ COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP HONOURS BILL BEAUMONT, By Simon Mills, Community Rugby Media Manager Archived 7 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Tony Neary player profile
  3. ^ a b c NOWIRUL(E) TIMES ISSUE NO. 1 Archived 22 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Sportsmen who went to jail - Sport - The Observer". The Guardian. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
Sporting positions Preceded byFran Cotton English National Rugby Union Captain 1975 Succeeded byJohn Pullin Preceded byJohn Pullin English National Rugby Union Captain 1976 Succeeded byRoger Uttley