Striker: Neil Tolson
Neil Tolson was Alan Little's first summer signing for Southend when he joined the club on 14th June 1999. Despite only scoring eighteen goals in eighty games for York City, Tolson is reckoned (by Little) to be capable of scoring twenty goals for us this season.
Initial impressions, including his hat trick in the friendly against Crystal Palace have been favourable.
Lanky striker Neil Tolson gave York City fans a mixed impression after joining for £80 000 from Bradford City in the close season of 1996.
Tolson joined Bradford in an exchange deal with Premiership Oldham taking Sean McCarthy to Boundary Park, after a brief spell with Walsall as an eighteen year old. Whilst at City he proved always liable to contribute a few goals but he can also be a very lazy and frustrating player (shades of Jeroen Boere?).
In his first season with City he finished top scorer with a creditable 17 goals and proved that despite his height he was equally capable on the ground. During 1997-98 Tolson struggled for most of the campaign with injury and a lack of form. He notched 3 goals although, surprisingly as the tallest player in the side, none of them were scored with his head.
After Tolson regained his fitness just into the 1998-99 campaign he showed signs of getting back to his old goalscoring ways with two fantastic strikes against Fulham and Bristol Rovers but still didn't look quite sharp enough and struggled to last a full game.
Being out of contract at the end of the season, Neil was available on a free under the Bosman ruling having already rejected City's offer of a new contract and £20 000 moves to Plymouth, Torquay and Hartlepool. He was on the verge of signing for Rushden and Diamonds on transfer deadline day but having agreed terms, Richard Cresswell signed for Sheffield Wednesday and City needed Tolly for the relegation run-in.
© Luke Bosman Monday, 23 April 2007 at 21:12:33
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