Neil Candlish Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1998-1999 2 (5) 0 0 0 28.6% 28.6% 42.9%
1997-1998 12 (20) 7 0 0 34.4% 21.9% 43.8%
1992-1993 40 14 0 0 35.0% 17.5% 47.5%
1991-1992 43 18 0 0 41.9% 25.6% 32.6%
1990-1991 27 9 0 0 37.0% 29.6% 33.3%
1989-1990 10 3 0 0 30.0% 30.0% 40.0%
Totals: 134 (25) 51


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 22/09/98 Group Stage vs. Carrick Rangers (H) 1 - 0
 08/09/98 Group Stage vs. Distillery (A) 2 - 2
 25/04/98 Premier Division vs. Ards (A) 2 - 0
 18/04/98 Premier Division vs. Portadown (H) 1 - 2
 14/04/98 Premier Division vs. Glentoran (A) 2 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
 14/04/98 Premier Division vs. Glentoran (A) 2 - 2
 11/04/98 Premier Division vs. Omagh Town (H) 2 - 1
 27/01/98 Round 5 replay vs. Glentoran (A) 1 - 2
 20/12/97 Premier Division vs. Crusaders (A) 4 - 3
 25/11/97 Round 1 vs. Limavady United (H) 2 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 14/04/98 Premier Division vs. Glentoran (A)  2 - 2
 11/04/98 Premier Division vs. Omagh Town (H)  2 - 1
 27/01/98 Round 5 replay vs. Glentoran (A)  1 - 2
 20/12/97 Premier Division vs. Crusaders (A)  4 - 3
 25/11/97 Round 1 vs. Limavady United (H)  2 - 0
 07/10/97 Group Stage vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  5 - 2
 07/10/97 Group Stage vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  5 - 2
 30/01/93 Irish League vs. Glenavon (A)  2 - 0
 30/01/93 Irish League vs. Glenavon (A)  2 - 0
 23/01/93 Round 5 vs. Glenavon (A)  3 - 0
 23/01/93 Round 5 vs. Glenavon (A)  3 - 0
 23/01/93 Round 5 vs. Glenavon (A)  3 - 0
 16/01/93 Irish League vs. Linfield (H)  1 - 2
 26/12/92 Irish League vs. Coleraine (A)  3 - 1
 26/12/92 Irish League vs. Coleraine (A)  3 - 1
 15/12/92 Final vs. Portadown (N)  1 - 3
 12/12/92 Irish League vs. Glentoran (A)  4 - 1
 12/12/92 Irish League vs. Glentoran (A)  4 - 1
 05/12/92 Irish League vs. Ballyclare Com. (H)  2 - 2
 10/10/92 Irish League vs. Distillery (H)  4 - 1
 18/08/92 Group Stage vs. Portadown (H)  1 - 3
 03/04/92 Semi final vs. Glenavon (N)  1 - 3
 14/03/92 Irish League vs. Newry (A)  4 - 1
 18/02/92 Round 6 - replay vs. Omagh Town (H)  3 - 0
 08/02/92 Irish League vs. Linfield (H)  2 - 2
 11/01/92 Irish League vs. Larne (A)  1 - 3
 01/01/92 Irish League vs. Crusaders (A)  2 - 1
 26/12/91 Irish League vs. Coleraine (H)  1 - 1
 19/10/91 Irish League vs. Portadown (A)  2 - 0
 19/10/91 Irish League vs. Portadown (A)  2 - 0
 25/09/91 Quarter final vs. Distillery (H)  5 - 0
 25/09/91 Quarter final vs. Distillery (H)  5 - 0
 21/09/91 Round 1 vs. Crusaders (H)  5 - 2
 21/09/91 Round 1 vs. Crusaders (H)  5 - 2
 21/09/91 Round 1 vs. Crusaders (H)  5 - 2
 14/09/91 Group Stage vs. Coleraine (A)  4 - 0
 14/09/91 Group Stage vs. Coleraine (A)  4 - 0
 07/09/91 Group Stage vs. Ards (A)  2 - 0
 17/08/91 Group Stage vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 2
 27/04/91 Irish League vs. Cliftonville (A)  3 - 1
 20/04/91 Irish League vs. Bangor (H)  3 - 0
 20/04/91 Irish League vs. Bangor (H)  3 - 0
 10/04/91 Irish League vs. Coleraine (H)  4 - 0
 23/03/91 Irish League vs. Newry (H)  2 - 1
 05/03/91 Round 1 vs. PSNI (RUC) (H)  3 - 3
 12/02/91 Round 2 vs. Glentoran (A)  2 - 4
 22/01/91 Irish League vs. Ards (H)  4 - 1
 22/12/90 Irish League vs. Bangor (A)  2 - 2
 17/03/90 Irish League vs. Bangor (A)  1 - 0
 03/03/90 Irish League vs. Linfield (H)  5 - 1
 21/02/90 Irish League vs. Glenavon (A)  1 - 2

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 26/09/98 Premier Division vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 2
 22/09/98 Group Stage vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  1 - 0
 12/09/98 Premier Division vs. Glentoran (A)  1 - 2
 08/09/98 Group Stage vs. Distillery (A)  2 - 2
 05/09/98 Premier Division vs. Portadown (H)  1 - 0
 28/08/98 Premier Division vs. Omagh Town (H)  0 - 0
 22/08/98 Premier Division vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 1
 25/04/98 Premier Division vs. Ards (A)  2 - 0
 18/04/98 Premier Division vs. Portadown (H)  1 - 2
 14/04/98 Premier Division vs. Glentoran (A)  2 - 2
 11/04/98 Premier Division vs. Omagh Town (H)  2 - 1
 02/04/98 Final - Leg 2 vs. Omagh Town (H)  0 - 1
 28/03/98 Premier Division vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 1
 21/03/98 Premier Division vs. Glenavon (H)  2 - 1
 18/03/98 Semi final vs. Cliftonville (N)  1 - 2
 12/03/98 Final - Leg 1 vs. Omagh Town (A)  1 - 1
 07/03/98 Premier Division vs. Coleraine (A)  0 - 0
 14/02/98 Premier Division vs. Cliftonville (A)  2 - 5
 10/02/98 Semi final - Leg 2 vs. Coleraine (H)  6 - 0
 07/02/98 Premier Division vs. Ards (H)  1 - 1
 31/01/98 Premier Division vs. Portadown (A)  0 - 4
 27/01/98 Round 5 replay vs. Glentoran (A)  1 - 2
 24/01/98 Round 5 vs. Glentoran (H)  1 - 1
 13/01/98 Semi final - Leg 1 vs. Coleraine (A)  5 - 2
 10/01/98 Premier Division vs. Omagh Town (A)  0 - 3
 03/01/98 Premier Division vs. Linfield (H)  0 - 2
 01/01/98 Premier Division vs. Glenavon (A)  3 - 3
 20/12/97 Premier Division vs. Crusaders (A)  4 - 3
 13/12/97 Premier Division vs. Cliftonville (H)  4 - 0
 06/12/97 Premier Division vs. Ards (A)  1 - 2
 29/11/97 Premier Division vs. Portadown (H)  1 - 2
 25/11/97 Round 1 vs. Limavady United (H)  2 - 0
 18/11/97 Round 1 vs. Ballyclare Com. (H)  2 - 3
 25/10/97 Premier Division vs. Crusaders (H)  2 - 3
 18/10/97 Premier Division vs. Cliftonville (H)  2 - 0
 14/10/97 Group Stage vs. Glenavon (H)  1 - 1
 11/10/97 Premier Division vs. Ards (H)  3 - 1
 07/10/97 Group Stage vs. Dungannon Swifts (A)  5 - 2
 29/09/97 Group Stage vs. Crusaders (A)  2 - 3
 24/04/93 Irish League vs. Cliftonville (A)  1 - 1
 17/04/93 Irish League vs. Coleraine (H)  1 - 1
 13/04/93 Irish League vs. Portadown (A)  0 - 2
 10/04/93 Irish League vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 8
 27/03/93 Irish League vs. Ballyclare Com. (A)  3 - 2
 20/03/93 Irish League vs. Omagh Town (H)  0 - 1
 06/03/93 Irish League vs. Ards (A)  0 - 0
 02/03/93 Quarter final vs. Bangor (H)  0 - 2
 27/02/93 Irish League vs. Larne (H)  2 - 1
 20/02/93 Round 6 vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 2
 13/02/93 Irish League vs. Crusaders (A)  0 - 1
 09/02/93 Round 2 vs. Cliftonville (A)  1 - 1
 06/02/93 Irish League vs. Newry (H)  3 - 2
 30/01/93 Irish League vs. Glenavon (A)  2 - 0
 23/01/93 Round 5 vs. Glenavon (A)  3 - 0
 16/01/93 Irish League vs. Linfield (H)  1 - 2
 09/01/93 Irish League vs. Distillery (A)  0 - 1
 28/12/92 Irish League vs. Cliftonville (H)  0 - 1
 26/12/92 Irish League vs. Coleraine (A)  3 - 1
 19/12/92 Irish League vs. Portadown (H)  0 - 2
 15/12/92 Final vs. Portadown (N)  1 - 3
 12/12/92 Irish League vs. Glentoran (A)  4 - 1
 08/12/92 Round 1 vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  1 - 3
 05/12/92 Irish League vs. Ballyclare Com. (H)  2 - 2
 02/12/92 Semi final vs. Distillery (N)  0 - 0
 28/11/92 Irish League vs. Omagh Town (A)  0 - 2
 14/11/92 Irish League vs. Larne (A)  0 - 1
 07/11/92 Irish League vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 0
 31/10/92 Irish League vs. Newry (A)  1 - 0
 27/10/92 Semi final vs. Cliftonville (N)  1 - 2
 24/10/92 Irish League vs. Glenavon (H)  0 - 5
 17/10/92 Irish League vs. Linfield (A)  1 - 1
 10/10/92 Irish League vs. Distillery (H)  4 - 1
 06/10/92 Quarter final vs. Distillery (A)  2 - 0
 03/10/92 Irish League vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 26/09/92 Irish League vs. Bangor (A)  2 - 3
 19/09/92 Round 1 vs. Omagh Town (H)  2 - 0
 22/08/92 Group Stage vs. Ards (H)  0 - 6
 18/08/92 Group Stage vs. Portadown (H)  1 - 3
 15/08/92 Group Stage vs. Distillery (A)  1 - 0
 21/04/92 Irish League vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 0
 18/04/92 Irish League vs. Bangor (A)  0 - 2
 11/04/92 Irish League vs. Ards (H)  1 - 2
 03/04/92 Semi final vs. Glenavon (N)  1 - 3
 28/03/92 Irish League vs. Distillery (A)  0 - 0
 19/03/92 Quarter final vs. Larne (A)  0 - 3
 17/03/92 Quarter final vs. Oxford United Star (H)  4 - 0
 14/03/92 Irish League vs. Newry (A)  4 - 1
 29/02/92 Irish League vs. Omagh Town (H)  1 - 1
 25/02/92 Round 2 vs. Newry (H)  3 - 0
 18/02/92 Round 6 - replay vs. Omagh Town (H)  3 - 0
 15/02/92 Round 6 vs. Omagh Town (A)  1 - 1
 08/02/92 Irish League vs. Linfield (H)  2 - 2
 04/02/92 Round 1 vs. Ballymoney United (H)  2 - 1
 01/02/92 Irish League vs. Glenavon (A)  0 - 2
 25/01/92 Irish League vs. Portadown (H)  0 - 6
 18/01/92 Round 5 vs. Dundela (A)  5 - 2
 11/01/92 Irish League vs. Larne (A)  1 - 3
 04/01/92 Irish League vs. Carrick Rangers (H)  3 - 3
 01/01/92 Irish League vs. Crusaders (A)  2 - 1
 28/12/91 Irish League vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 0
 26/12/91 Irish League vs. Coleraine (H)  1 - 1
 21/12/91 Irish League vs. Bangor (H)  2 - 2
 14/12/91 Irish League vs. Ards (A)  1 - 6
 26/11/91 Round 1 vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 1
 23/11/91 Irish League vs. Newry (H)  0 - 2
 16/11/91 Irish League vs. Omagh Town (A)  2 - 0
 09/11/91 Irish League vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 1
 26/10/91 Irish League vs. Glenavon (H)  1 - 2
 19/10/91 Irish League vs. Portadown (A)  2 - 0
 12/10/91 Irish League vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 3
 08/10/91 Quarter final vs. Omagh Town (A)  0 - 1
 05/10/91 Irish League vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 28/09/91 Irish League vs. Larne (H)  1 - 1
 25/09/91 Quarter final vs. Distillery (H)  5 - 0
 21/09/91 Round 1 vs. Crusaders (H)  5 - 2
 14/09/91 Group Stage vs. Coleraine (A)  4 - 0
 07/09/91 Group Stage vs. Ards (A)  2 - 0
 30/08/91 Group Stage vs. Cliftonville (H)  1 - 0
 28/08/91 Quarter final vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 1
 24/08/91 Group Stage vs. Ards (H)  4 - 1
 20/08/91 Group Stage vs. Portadown (H)  2 - 0
 17/08/91 Group Stage vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 2
 27/04/91 Irish League vs. Cliftonville (A)  3 - 1
 20/04/91 Irish League vs. Bangor (H)  3 - 0
 16/04/91 Irish League vs. Crusaders (H)  1 - 0
 13/04/91 Irish League vs. Ards (A)  0 - 0
 10/04/91 Irish League vs. Coleraine (H)  4 - 0
 30/03/91 Irish League vs. Distillery (H)  1 - 2
 26/03/91 Irish League vs. Ballyclare Com. (A)  5 - 1
 23/03/91 Irish League vs. Newry (H)  2 - 1
 16/03/91 Irish League vs. Omagh Town (A)  1 - 1
 12/03/91 Irish League vs. Portadown (A)  0 - 4
 05/03/91 Round 1 vs. PSNI (RUC) (H)  3 - 3
 02/03/91 Irish League vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 3
 23/02/91 Irish League vs. Linfield (A)  0 - 3
 12/02/91 Round 2 vs. Glentoran (A)  2 - 4
 09/02/91 Irish League vs. Glenavon (H)  4 - 3
 06/02/91 Irish League vs. Cliftonville (H)  1 - 1
 29/01/91 Round 1 vs. Chimney Corner (H)  2 - 1
 26/01/91 Irish League vs. Larne (H)  4 - 4
 22/01/91 Irish League vs. Ards (H)  4 - 1
 19/01/91 Round 5 vs. Omagh Town (A)  2 - 3
 12/01/91 Irish League vs. Carrick Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 26/12/90 Irish League vs. Coleraine (A)  1 - 0
 22/12/90 Irish League vs. Bangor (A)  2 - 2
 08/12/90 Irish League vs. Distillery (A)  0 - 2
 01/12/90 Irish League vs. Ballyclare Com. (H)  1 - 1
 28/11/90 Semi final vs. Portadown (N)  2 - 2
 24/11/90 Irish League vs. Newry (A)  0 - 3
 28/04/90 Irish League vs. Cliftonville (A)  0 - 1
 21/04/90 Irish League vs. Crusaders (H)  0 - 0
 17/04/90 Irish League vs. Coleraine (A)  2 - 0
 14/04/90 Irish League vs. Larne (H)  0 - 0
 31/03/90 Irish League vs. Distillery (A)  1 - 1
 24/03/90 Irish League vs. Portadown (H)  2 - 3
 17/03/90 Irish League vs. Bangor (A)  1 - 0
 03/03/90 Irish League vs. Linfield (H)  5 - 1
 24/02/90 Round 1 vs. Newry (A)  1 - 3
 21/02/90 Irish League vs. Glenavon (A)  1 - 2


Biography

Born in Inverness, the diminutive forward began his professional career in his native Scotland with Motherwell in August 1985 as a teenager. He was duly sent out on loan during his first season to Wishaw Juniors by manager Tommy McLean.

In February 1988, he was loaned out to First Division side Kilmarnock, but only managed three appearances and zero goals during his short stay at Rugby Park.

In March 1990, Candlish answered the call of Ballymena United manager Alec McKee to spearhead the club's final push towards a first ever Irish League title.

After a year-long transfer saga, the flirtation finally ended in June 1993 as the Scottish forward signed for Glentoran - with manager Robert Strain paying £27,000 for the privilege. Neil only lasted one full season at The Oval, finishing top goalscorer during the 1993/1994 campaign with 14 goals (from 39 games) as the Glens finished a disappointing ninth in the table in a trophy-less season in East Belfast.

Tommy Cassidy replaced Strain in the Glentoran hotseat and by September 1994, Candlish was on the move again having been frozen out of the team by the new boss. Portadown manager Ronnie McFall took the opportunity to bring the forward to Shamrock Park as part of the deal which seen Trevor Smith move the opposite direction, for the first of three separate spells at the Mid-Ulster club.

A personal first domestic winner's medal was secured in December 1994 as Portadown swept aside Distillery in the final of the Floodlit Cup. It would be the only silverware of an underwhelming season for the title chasers as they eventually finished third in the table, with Candlish bagging 10 goals in 36 games during the 1994/1995 campaign.

The introduction of promotion and relegation for the 1995/1996 campaign allowed Neil to pit his wits in the top tier (Premier Division) of the league with the Ports. He may have been bumped down the pecking order with the marquee signing of Garry Haylock but Portadown but played a key part in the club's third Gibson Cup triumph - contributing eight goals in all competitions. There were two additional cup medal this season as well; winning the Ulster Cup in January 1996 (on penalties against Linfield) at Windsor Park to add to the League Cup earlier in the season, which Candlish had not been part of, to complete a victorious treble season at Shamrock Park!

The now 28-year-old Scot swapped Shamrock Park for Shamrock Rovers in November 1996. The move to the nomadic League of Ireland club proved to be only a short one though, as within three months - he was back in County Armagh to re-sign for McFall at Portadown for a short second spell, but they failed to retain their league crown, eventually finishing fourth in 1996/1997 with no silverware to their name.

In the summer of 1997, Candlish secured a homecoming move back to his native Ballymena United. Having by now settled in the town since moving from Scotland, it made sense for Alan Fraser to add the quality on his doorstep to the First Division Champions heading into the 1997/1998 season. The Sky Blues started the season in form, leading the table at Christmas, but niggled by injuries and form - Candlish was now playing second fiddle to Barry Patton and club record Glenn Hunter (post January) - as he made nearly twice as many appearance from the substitute bench as he did starting, but chipped in with seven important goals. He was also part of the United side which lost the two legged final of the Irish News Cup to Omagh Town in April (the short-lived cross-border competition for clubs in the North-West of Ireland).

In October 1998, Neil left Ballymena United for the third time to join Portadown for the third time.

The Scottish forward continued a journeyman existence through Irish League football for the next few years. Dropping down to the second-tier for the first time to join Carrick Rangers in October 1999.

In August 2000 - Candlish made the move across East-Antrim to First Division rivals Larne. He joined Paul Malone's Larne who had serious ambitions of returning to the top flight, but despite his 13 goals - a public fall-out between himself and the manager mid-season instigated a move to Bangor in March 2001. Despite moving clubs, he still remained as Larne's top scorer for the 2000/2001 season as the Invermen

Candlish failed to score in any of his eight games until Lee Doherty at Clandeboye Park towards the end of the same season (the Seasiders finished fourth).


Honours
(with Portadown)
Irish League: (winner) 1995/1996
Ulster Cup: (winner) 1995/1996
Floodlit Cup: (winner) 1994/1995
(with Ballymena United)
Irish News Cup: (finalist) 1997/1998

Last updated: 12 March 2020

Last updated: 14 April 2020



Debut

February 21st, 1990
Glenavon 2 - 1 Ballymena United

League (Irish League)


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