Neil Le Bihan death, DAFC football player dies after mental health struggle

Neil Le Bihan passed away
DAFC football player Neil Le Bihan passed away


Dover Athletic FC’s Former Midfielder, Neil Le Bihan passed away suddenly. Neil has passed away, leaving his loved ones in a state of complete shock and disbelief. The news of Neil’s passing has sent ripples of sadness throughout the community.

We extend our deepest love, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to Michaela and her family. Neil’s legacy as a talented athlete, a cherished teammate, and a midfielder will forever endure in the world of football. Read on to know more about his cause of death.

Neil Le Bihan passed away:

Dover Athletic FC announced the passing of Neil Le Bihan in the following social media statement, that reads,

Dover Athletic are saddened to hear the news of the passing of former Midfielder Neil Le Bihan.

The one that he’ll be remembered most for scoring is that stunning equaliser at home to Cheltenham Town in the FA Trophy Semi-Final Second Leg at Crabble in April 1998.

Sadly, Neil took his own life after a challenging period of mental health, something that he had bravely fought against for a considerable time.

Who was Neil Le Bihan?

Neil Le Bihan was born in Croydon on March 14, 1976. Neil, a midfielder for the Spurs in the mid-1990s, was a Posh player. He was a best-ever midfield of Dover Athletics FC in 1999/2000.

Through five seasons from 1997 to 2002, Neil played 171 (+12) competitive appearances and scored 18 goals. In a rare 3-1 victory away at Stevenage in April 2002, he scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory away at Doncaster in April 2000.

Neil Ernest Le Bihan joined the lilywhites youth set up from Wimbledon, a rival London team, and progressed through the Spurs system in the 1990s.

The gifted midfielder shared the same age bracket as players like Stephen Carr and Quinton Fortune. Le Bihan has a good career in the game, playing for teams like Peterborough United and Dover Athletic before retiring from the game at the young age of 29 due to injuries. He had captained the Spurs junior squad on multiple times.


Le Bihan’s passion for coffee took him down a different route, earning him the nickname “Coffeeman” among the Crystal Palace locals. He was a owner of “Le Bihan Coffee’s”, a coffee shop in South London. This shop is located at Belvedere Road, Crystal Palace, London, United Kingdom.

Le was remembered with great warmth and affection. Neil’s expedition into the depths of everything coffee started as he was hiking across India, especially in Karnataka at a plantation in Madikeri in 2008.

After returning to the UK in 2009, Neil started his barista training at Borough Market’s Monmouth Coffee. In 2011, he honed his skills even more at Caravan before going it alone as a freelancer. From then on, Neil made appearances at street markets, offering up expertly made beers throughout the day and taking home national barista championships at night.

Neil started roasting in 2017, and since then, several cafes in south east London including Blowing Dandelion, Crystal Palace’s favourite artisan chocolate shop, have served his roasts. Le Bihan Coffee is the result of Neil’s experience, obsession, and love for that dark, magical beverage known as coffee. It gives a name to his roasts and mixes.

What happened to Neil Le Bihan?

Polish player, Neil Le Bihan sadly passed away on October 12, 2023. After a period of ill health, Michaela’s partner and cherished father, Neil Le Bihan, unexpectedly passed away at home on October 12. Sadly, Neil ended his own life after going through a difficult phase of mental illness, which he had valiantly battled for a long time.

Neil’s affection for Blowing Dandelion regulars, the football community, his home town of Crystal Palace in South East London, and other people are well known.

Michaela and her family have requested privacy at this extremely trying time. Blowing Dandelion will remain open but we ask that flowers are not brought to the shop. Details on the memorial and funeral will be given as soon as they are available.

Neil Le Bihan cause of death:

Neil Le Bihan took his own life after suffering mental struggle. The circumstances surrounding his death was not known yet. Le’s family requested privacy during this difficult time.

Neil’s amazing equaliser against Cheltenham Town in the FA Trophy semi-final second leg at Crabble in April 1998 stands as one of the most memorable moments of his professional career. His talent, perseverance, and hard effort are all evident in this goal, and it is times like these that truly define what makes football so unique.

Neil was a fantastic player on the pitch, but he struggled a lot off it, especially with his mental health. He spent a considerable amount of time fighting tenaciously against the forces of mental anguish. He was so devoted that even though he was alone and couldn’t reach anybody else, he persisted in battling. Neil’s prolonged battle with his mental illness has resulted in the terrible loss.

Condolences to Neil Le Bihan:

Joe Duggan posted,

A very sad piece of news to share. Deeply heart-breaking news about Neil, a wonderful member of our community.
Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Joe Duggan posted,

Really difficult to take this news in – a top geezer.
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Joe Duggan posted,

Really difficult to take this news in – a top geezer.
Neil Le Bihan Neil Le Bihan Coffee

Michael Doiley commented,

Words cannot truly express the deep sadness this news has brought to all of us who know Neil and Michaela.
Our hearts go out to the children and Michaela.
Please feel free to reach out at anytime for anything. God knows, you are in our sincerest prayers.

Sarina McCavana posted,

This is a terribly sad news, a lovely man, my son always enjoyed chatting with him about all sorts in his shop. We loved his coffee very much too, which he talked about with so much passion, he will be greatly missed, all our condolences to his family and loved ones.


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