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Birthdate: 20 February 1951

Birthplace: Irchester, England

Other clubs: Northampton Town (1967-74), Bolton Wanderers (1985-89)

Bought from: Northampton Town

Signed for LFC: £66,000, 09.10.1974

International debut: 24.03.1976 vs. Wales

International caps: 50/5 - 21.09.1983

Liverpool debut: 16.11.1974

Last appearance: 09.11.1985

Debut goal: 04.11.1975

Last goal: 07.09.1985

Contract expiry: December 1985

Win ratio: 57.23% W: 372 D: 164 L: 114

Honours: League Championship 1975/76, 1976/77, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1985/86; League Cup 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984; European Cup 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984; UEFA Cup 1976

LFC league games/goals: 455 / 41

Total LFC games/goals: 650 / 59

 

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Player profile

 

One of the most decorated players in English football history, Neal made his name with Northampton Town and had played in nearly 200 Football League games for the Cobblers when he was transferred to Liverpool in November 1974 as Bob Paisley's first managerial signing. Paisley did waste a journey to see him as Neal recollects: "Paisley often used to pay to go through the terraces and talk to people about the players like: 'What's that Phil Neal like?'. When Bob Paisley saw me for the last time at Northampton he brought a Liverpool director with him, Mr. Sidney Reaks. For the first twenty minutes I played at right-back but rest of the game I played in goal. Bob said: 'We came all that way to see you for the last time. I wanted to show my director what good right-back you were. The keeper got carried off and you put the green jersey on.'" Vastly experienced already on the League scene even at the relatively young age of 23, being thrown into the Goodison derby with Everton just days after his arrival on Merseyside didn't bother Neal in the slightest. Neal missed the next three matches after that goalless debut but then played in the last 22 fixtures of the 1974/75 season, mostly at left-back in place of Alec Lindsay even though he preferred to be on the right. That started a quite astonishing run of consecutive appearances for Liverpool; a total of 417 between 23 October 1976 and 24 September 1983. That is, needless to say, a Liverpool record! Incidentally, he missed three games due to that injury against Manchester United in September 1983 before making another 127 appearances in a row!

 

Few know Neal better than Ray Clemence as he revealed in 1977: "Most people know that Phil is my roommate and best friend at the club. Phil adds an extra dimension to the team with his ability to surge forward and set things up," Clem said. "It’s easy to see when you’re playing with him, that he’s got a tremendous awareness of every other player in the side and what their job is. I suppose he picked it up in his utility days at Northampton – in fact he often tells me he’s a better goalkeeper than I am! Phil has so much skill on the ground that I don’t think he’d be lost in midfield. Add to that, his defensive qualities and the fact he’s no mean performer in the air and you’ve got a very good player indeed."

 

"Zico", so called by the supporters for the number of goals he scored as a defender, won a League Championship medal in his first full season at Anfield in 1975/76, something he would achieve on no less than eight occasions. He also played in six European club finals for Liverpool and was the only member of the 1977 European Cup-winning side in Rome to return there seven years later for a similar but much sterner test against the Italian champions. Neal's cool penalty in 1977 sealed that first triumph in the continent's premier club tournament as Neal fondly remembers. "As I ran up to the ball I then did something I never did and which you should never do – I changed my mind. Instead I hit it low to the other side of the 'keeper but it went in and up came Cally in delight. I still get a tingle when I see the videos of Bob Paisley and Ronnie Moran and the lads leaping up off the bench with joy." Neal scored again in a European final - this time from open play - in 1984 before adding another tidy penalty in the shoot-out that followed the 1-1 draw, setting the scene for Alan Kennedy's dramatic clincher from 12 yards. A year later, having succeeded Graeme Souness as captain, Neal had the chance to emulate the great Real Madrid players, di Stefano and Gento, by picking up a fifth winners' medal in the European Cup. Sadly, on a night of mayhem and madness in Brussels, his European dream was taken away from him on one the blackest days football has ever known.

 

Neal played 50 times for England, a clear recognition that he was one of the finest full-backs of his time. Neal approached the 1985/86 season under Kenny Dalglish's leadership at the age of 34 still bitterly disappointed that he was overlooked for the manager's job that he claimed he was practically "promised". After playing in the opening eight first division fixtures he lost his place. Dalglish was already looking to the future and it wasn't long before Steve Nicol took Neal's place in the side. Knowing that his playing days were nearing the end anyway, Neal accepted an offer from Bolton Wanderers to be their manager. He lost his job at Burnden Park after six a half years and was shortly afterwards appointed Graham Taylor's right-hand man during his spell in charge of the England team. Neal was manager at Coventry City from October 1993 to February 1995 when the Sky Blues were seventeenth in the Premier League. Following his dismissal he had short spells as manager of Cardiff City and assistant manager at Manchester City and Peterborough United. Neal is especially proud of his time at Bolton. "I took them to Wembley three times in the lower league cups. I made a profit five out of the six years I was there. I built a club that when Bruce Rioch and Colin Todd took over they said you left a good disciplined club which was easy to kick-off from. They started to move up the tables and went into a new stadium which they had promised me. I walked. Then I went to Coventry. We finished eleventh in the First Division. I sold Phil Babb. I was the one responsible for getting £3.6 million for him while Kevin Kegan six months before at Newcastle with Terry McDermott tried to get him for £175,000. Terry Mac was on the phone every day before the deadline in March: 'You'll not get another penny more.' I convinced the Chairman to leave him until after the World Cup. Phil Babb had a great World Cup and it was a wonderful boost for Coventry's bank balance."

 

Phil Neal's record speaks for itself. He played in a staggering total of roughly 700 Football League games for Northampton, Liverpool and Bolton. Added to that are his cup appearances plus the representative honours he gained and that takes his total close to the 1,000 mark, a quite astonishing achievement. He became one of Liverpool's all-time greats and was very much aware that it is the TEAM that counts and not so much individual performances, but having said that his own performances throughout his long career were always of a very high standard. Never a flamboyant showman who courted attention or publicity, he just got on with his job through hard work and concentration and deservedly won as much as he did for the club he served so well. Neal was lucky never to be seriously injured but he looked after himself and his good positional sense, added to his ability to create openings for colleagues further afield and even be in the right place to finish them off himself, meant that his position in the team was never threatened until he was in his mid-30's. He was part of the most successful period in Liverpool's history, something that he could only have dreamt about when he was a young man during his early days in the Fourth Division at Northampton.

 

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Phil Neal is how is it possible to play 417 games in a row! LFChistory.net asked Neal that very question. "There were two occasions when I could have missed a game. One was when I got a fractured cheekbone. Roger Davis the centre forward at Derby gave me an elbow [on 24 January 1976]. I had my cheekbone lifted in line with the rest of my face to put my face back in shape (by the way... it's never recovered, [Neal quips]). Bob Paisley came to me on Wednesday and said: 'How are you feeling?' I said: 'I'm ok. I'm over the operation and everything else.' I chose to play against the specialist's wishes who said that I shouldn't play for a month. I got away with it. I got over a broken toe, but I had to play for six weeks with size eight and a half on one foot and size seven on the other. Ronnie Moran made me a plaster cast on the little toe I had broken. It was uncomfortable with my normal size shoes. I had to find some way to be still able to kick a ball, tackle and maybe have a little injection to keep the pain away for 90 minutes. There were little incidents when I could have missed a game but I was doubly determined not to. It was so exciting. I didn't miss a day's training in all those years I was there. I wouldn't ring in for a cold. Every day I had a smile on my face."

 

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

 

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European glory in Rome

 

Цитат

As Fabio Capello continues to flit through the Premier League ranks looking for the ideal man to fill England's right-back slot, he must be wishing he had a guy like Phil Neal at his disposal.

 

There were few more reliable players than the Irchester native in his day. Lively, aggressive and hugely dependable, he remains one of the most decorated players in the history of the English game.

 

He made his name with Northampton Town in the old Fourth Division - he was there when the Cobblers were famously thrashed 8-2 by Manchester United in the FA Cup, with George Best scoring six goals.

 

After six years and 187 league appearances for Northampton - an impressive tally for a 23-year-old - Neal was snapped up by Liverpool in 1974. He holds the distinction of being Bob Paisley's very first signing, and his arrival heralded the beginning of a glorious new era at Anfield - or rather, the smooth transition from Bill Shankly's reign.

 

His very first game for the Reds came in a tightly contested Goodison derby that ended 0-0. Having played most regularly at left-back during his debut campaign, he soon displaced an aging Chris Lawler and ended the 1975-76 season as the first-choice right-back - and champion of England.

 

Neal would go on to win no less than eight First Division titles with Liverpool - a record surpassed only recently by Ryan Giggs - as a mainstay in defence, playing alongside the likes of Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Smith, Phil Thompson, Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson.

 

Amazingly, he never won the FA Cup during his time on Merseyside (the club claimed the trophy in 1974 and 1986 - the years just before and after he left, respectively). However, there might not have been space for such a medal on his mantelpiece, given his astronomical success in continental competition.

 

Having overcome Club Brugge to take out the UEFA Cup in 1976, Liverpool went on to snare their first European Cup the very next season - with Neal scoring the decisive penalty in the final. He was there as the Scousers downed Brugge once more to make it back-to-back triumphs, and when they edged out Real Madrid three years late.

 

The last of his four European Cup medals was won in 1984, when Joe Fagan's side faced Roma on their own patch. It was fitting that it should take place at the Stadio Olimpico, the scene of Liverpool's first triumph; and it was equally appropriate that Neal should play a starring role, netting twice - once in open play, once in the shootout.

 

Unfortunately, his international career brought far fewer major trophies. Making his England debut in a 2-1 win over Wales in 1976, Neal went on to claim 50 caps - only Gary Neville has won more at right-back - in a tour of duty that lasted seven years. He would later become Graham Taylor's assistant manager with the Three Lions, although his lack of tactical input (demonstrated in the documentary, An Impossible Job) made him something of a laughing stock.

 

Two years after calling it quits with England, and one after his heroics in Rome, Neal left Liverpool. With the arrival of the ultra-versatile Steve Nicol, he decided to join Bolton Wanderers as player-manager, eventually hanging up the boots in 1989. (He remained boss of the Trotters until 1992).

 

In all, Neal amassed over 700 league games during his dazzling career, and only Ian Callaghan, Emlyn Hughes and Ray Clemence have featured more often for the Reds. He also played an astonishing 471 consecutive competitive games for the Anfield club, stretching from October 23, 1976, to September 4, 1983. An expert penalty-taker, he amassed more than 90 goals throughout his club career.

 

Nowadays a more often found on the television screen than the playing field, Neal will always be remembered as an energetic, tenacious full-back who was a critical member of one of the most successful club sides in history. Although an incredibly team-oriented performer, the great Kenny Dalglish once described him as "the best player I ever played with". Is there any higher praise than that?

 

HONOURS

 

English League Championship (1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986)

UEFA Cup (1976)

Charity Shield (1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982)

European Cup (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984)

European Super Cup (1977)

Football League Cup (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)

 

DID YOU KNOW... that Phil Neal's son, Ashley, was on the books at Liverpool but had a promising career cut short by injury?

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My dream XI: Phil Neal

 

Goalkeeper: Ray Clemence. A stalwart who organised his defence.

 

Right-back: I can't pick myself so I have gone for my idol Chris Lawler. He scored a phenomenal amount of goals - with no penalties by the way.

 

Left-back: Alan Kennedy. He scored in two European Cup finals for Liverpool which he always tells us about!

 

Centre halves: Alan Hansen and Phil Thompson. Alan was Mr Cool and Phil was a very underrated player.

 

Central midfield: Graeme Souness and Emlyn Hughes. Souness is on a par to Kenny Dalglish as having the biggest influence on the team. Emlyn was very similar to Shanks in terms of love for this club and the influence on and off the park.

 

Left midfield: John Barnes. What a player John was, a defender's nightmare.

 

Right midfield: Terry McDermott. He scored some terrific goals for this club and was a great player.

 

Strikers: Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush, the perfect partnership. It was quite a fairytale really, the part Kenny played in all those goals Rush scored.

 

Subs: Kevin Keegan, Steven Gerrard, and my old mate Bruce Grobbelaar.

 

Manager: Bob Paisley. Bob would have enjoyed managing that team.

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Една от най-големите герой за отбора ни за всички времена. Фил идва в Ливърпул през октомври 1974 година, за да стане първият трансфер на новият тогава мениджър Боб Пейсли.

Дебютира в първият състав в градското дерби срещу Евертън на Гудисън парк. Самият Нийл казва за дебюта си:"Когато разбрах, че ще играя в първият отбор и то срещу Евертън си помислих, че трябва да кажа на майка ми за да ме гледа по телевизията. Когато пристигнах на стадиона не вярвах, че ще играя и даже бях взел грешни обувки. Пейсли ме срещна и каза "Синко, приготвяй се, ще играеш от дясно на защитата!", тогава разбрах, че цвета на адреналина е кафяв. Защото бях взел грешните обувки се наложи да тичам до Анфийлд, от където взех моите и се върнах тичайки до Гудисън. След като излезнахме на терена 40 000 "сини", си говореха - Кой е тоя от дясно, а около 6-те хиляди "червени" си казваха - Кой по дяволите е този от дясно?"

Легендата на Нийл продължава през годините, за да стане футболистът изиграл 365 поредни мача без да бъде сменен! Постижение, което едва ли ще бъде подобрено.

Като футболист на Ливърпул печели всичко през годините.

Шампион на Англия през 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986

Купата на УЕФА през 1976.

Charity Shield: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982

Купа на европейските шампиони (Шампионска лига): 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984

Европейската супер купа: 1977

Купата на лигата: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984

В разговор с Нийл научих една много любопитна история. Преди последният финал за КЕШ през 1984 Ливърпул губи последните си 3 двубоя, докато съперника Рома се представя на ниво. Факта, че италианците са домакини ги прави още по-уверени в успеха. Ливърпул, обаче разполагат със страхотен отборен дух в този период и силно са вярвали, че победата ще е тяхна и на един от лагерите в Италия преди мача, решават да научат песен, която да изпеят в тунела преди мача. Предварително се уговарят Брус Гробелаар да даде знак на целият отбор, като вдигне палец във въздуха. Така и правят. Започват с пълно гърло да пеят песента на Rolling Stones - It's only rock'n'roll... Нийл казва: "До мен стоеше Бруно Конти, капитан на Рома, Фалкао, бразилската супер звезда... Гледаха ни и не вярваха, че НИЕ правим това в техният дом, насред Олимпико..."

Нийл бележи в 13-тата минута за Ливърпул, и в последствие триумфира за 4-ти път с трофея.

 

 

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Фил Нийл пристигна в България (никой ли не разбра, та не го отрази)

Ще остане тук около 3-4 дена, ще има събирания и срещи с него (за съжаление на хората от провинцията ще са само в София) и ще се гледа мача със Стоук

 

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Фил Нийл пристигна в България (никой ли не разбра, та не го отрази)

Ще остане тук около 3-4 дена, ще има събирания и срещи с него (за съжаление на хората от провинцията ще са само в София) и ще се гледа мача със Стоук

 

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Тц тц, жалко за хората от източните "Провинции" на Римската империя, няма да могат да се срещнат с Легендата.....
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Не разбира се. Просто, старайте се да не използвате думи и понятия, насадени от комунистите в съзнанието на хората, чието значение няма нищо общо със смисъла, в който се използват!

Иначе, да си изкарате супер с Фил и дано има повод за наздравици в неделя. Поздрави от цялата Ливърпулска общност в БГ.

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Не разбира се. Просто, старайте се да не използвате думи и понятия, насадени от комунистите в съзнанието на хората, чието значение няма нищо общо със смисъла, в който се използват!

Иначе, да си изкарате супер с Фил и дано има повод за наздравици в неделя. Поздрави от цялата Ливърпулска общност в БГ.

Напротив , напълно те разбрах.

Само ще те помоля да не ми казваш какво да правя с мненията и думите си (пък и били според теб с комунистически наклонности).

Казах го с най - добри мисли и чувства за хората от провинцията, така както може да го кажа и по по - модерния начин ( през демокрацията им викат селяни, нали?) но не го казах така .

Видиш ли обаче ти се засегна!!!

Даже и не ми пука какво мислиш, аз знам какво съм искал да кажа и вярвам , че повечето са ме разбрали

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Напротив , напълно те разбрах.

Само ще те помоля да не ми казваш какво да правя с мненията и думите си (пък и били според теб с комунистически наклонности).

Казах го с най - добри мисли и чувства за хората от провинцията, така както може да го кажа и по по - модерния начин ( през демокрацията им викат селяни, нали?) но не го казах така .

Видиш ли обаче ти се засегна!!!

Даже и не ми пука какво мислиш, аз знам какво съм искал да кажа и вярвам , че повечето са ме разбрали

Напротив не съм се засегнал и наистина се надявам да си разбрал, ако не, то си е за теб. Не искам да влизам в излишни спорове и спирам до тук. Със здраве...
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Скар, колегата нямаше предвид, че провинции е аналог на селяни, а че е дума с друго значение. Може би визираше Рим и нейните провинции и че не трябва същата дума да се използва с днешното значение.

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колегата нямаше предвид, че провинции е аналог на селяни, а че е дума с друго значение. Може би визираше Рим и нейните провинции и че не трябва същата дума да се използва с днешното значение.

Дачефф ,с днешно време и днешно звучене ,провинциите са напълно самостоятелни.Те дори водят самостоятелна и независима политика.И имат свои лостове за управление :yes: Аналогът със селяни е....

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Дачефф ,с днешно време и днешно звучене ,провинциите са напълно самостоятелни.Те дори водят самостоятелна и независима политика.И имат свои лостове за управление :yes: Аналогът със селяни е....

Аз никъде не съм казал, че едното е аналог на другото. Просто колегите горе говореха за различни неща, но май не се разбраха, затова доуточних. Иначе ми е ясно какво означава провинция :)

Сори, за разводняването на темата :yes:

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