|Full name||Philip George Neal|
|Date of birth||20 February 1951|
|Place of birth||Irchester, England|
|Playing position||Right full-back|
Manchester City (caretaker)
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Philip George Neal (born 20 February 1951 in Irchester, Northants) is a much-decorated former footballer who is the only player to have appeared in the first five of Liverpool's European Cup finals, winning four of them. Events 1472 - Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a Dowry payment Year 1951 ( MCMLI) was a Common year starting on Monday. Events of 1951 January Irchester is now the largest Village in Northamptonshire, England. Northamptonshire (or archaically the County of Northampton; abbreviated Northants Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. He was a dependable full back. His son, Ashley Neal, also had a footballing career, albeit short-lived. Ashley Neal (born December 16, 1974 in Northampton) is a former Professional Association footballer who is the son of the Liverpool
Neal scored the crucial clinching penalty when the Anfield club beat Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome to win the trophy for the first time in 1977 and subsequently played in the club's further successes in 1978 and 1981, beating FC Bruges and Real Madrid respectively, with both games ending 1-0. Anfield is an all-seater Association football Stadium in the district of Anfield, in Liverpool, England Borussia Mönchengladbach, is a German football club based in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia. Rome ( Roma ˈroma Roma is the capital city of Italy and Lazio, and is Italy's largest and most populous city with more than 2 Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 ||-||-||} Club Brugge KV is a Football club from Bruges in Belgium.
In Liverpool's fourth final in 1984, Neal scored again - this time from open play and again in Rome - as Liverpool drew 1-1 with A.S. Roma and won on a penalty shoot-out, during which Neal again scored. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Associazione Sportiva Roma, ( commonly referred to as simply Roma, is an Italian professional football club from Rome, and are currently amongst The following year he missed out on a phenomenal fifth winners' medal when Juventus won 1-0 at Heysel in a match rendered meaningless because of the rioting beforehand in which 39 Juventus fans were killed and resulted in Liverpool's banishment from European club football. The Heysel Stadium disaster occurred owing to Football hooliganism in which a retaining wall of the Heysel Stadium in Brussels collapsed on May 29
Neal had a one hundred per cent record of appearances for the club in European Cup finals until a generation later when the 2005 side reached the final and won. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
A full back who joined the club on the 9 October 1974 for £66,000 after making his name in English football's lower divisions with Northampton Town, Neal was the first signing to be made by manager Bob Paisley, snapped up as a replacement for the ageing Chris Lawler. Events 768 - Carloman I and Charlemagne are crowned Kings of The Franks. Year 1974 ( MCMLXXIV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. See also Pound (currency.The pound sign (" £ " or " ₤ " is the symbol for the Pound sterling —the currency of the Northampton Town Football Club is a football club based in Northampton. Robert " Bob " Paisley OBE (23 January 1919 — 14 February 1996 was an English football half back who became Chris Lawler (born 20 October 1943 in Liverpool) was a footballer who enjoyed much of Liverpool 's success of the 1960s and 1970s Although he played a few games on the left side of the defence, it was as an industrious, energetic right back that he made his name.
Neal made his Liverpool debut, at left-back, in the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park on the 16 November 1974, although the league meeting between the two was the usual hard fought, 100 mph styled game, neither team managed to break the deadlock with the game ending 0-0, also making his Liverpool bow that day was midfielder Terry McDermott. The Merseyside Derby is an Association football match contested between the Everton and Liverpool football clubs the two most successful clubs from the Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. Goodison Park is the home ground of Everton FC in Liverpool. It was built in 1892 and now has a total capacity of 40157 all-seated Events 534 - A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published Terry McDermott (born 8 December 1951 in Liverpool) is a former football Midfielder and current coach Phil's first goal for the club came a year later on the 4 November 1975 during the 6-0 thrashing of Real Sociedad in a UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg tie at Anfield, Neal's goal came in the 79th minute and rounded off the scoring, it goes without saying that Liverpool won the tie, but they did so in style having already seen off Spanish side by 3 goals to 1 in the 1st leg. Events 1333 - Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Real Sociedad de Fútbol (more commonly referred to as Real Sociedad) is a Spanish football club from the Basque city of San Sebastián/Donostia The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula.
Neal won eight Football League First Division 1 League championships, a record which has since been surpassed by Ryan Giggs' 10th winners medal in 2008. In 1976 he won the UEFA Cup. Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The following year, he was part of a side gunning for a unique treble of League, FA Cup and European Cup. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after The title was won, but Liverpool then lost the FA Cup final to Manchester United at Wembley. original Wembley Stadium was a football Stadium in Wembley, a suburb of north-west London, standing on the site now occupied by the It was testament to Liverpool's nerve and professionalism that they were able to put that disappointment behind them quickly to win that special first European Cup.
As proved with his late spot kick, Neal was a clinical penalty taker, a role he had taken on the previous season, although he did miss one in the hotbed of a Merseyside derby game against fierce rivals Everton. Merseyside is a Metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1365900 He took the penalties throughout his long Anfield career, bumping his goal tally to 60 in total, an impressive haul for a defensive player.
In 1978, Neal was in the Liverpool team which lost the League Cup final to Nottingham Forest but subequently retained their European crown. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition Nottingham Forest Football Club is an English professional football club based at the City Ground in West Bridgford, a suburb of Nottingham The following year they won back the League title and then retained it in 1980. Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) In 1981, the club's first League Cup came along before they added that third European Cup; and for the next two seasons Liverpool won both the League and League Cup. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition
Throughout this time, Neal never missed a League game for the club. He played 365 consecutive matches for Liverpool from 1975 to 1983, finally seeing this sequence brought to a halt after he suffered an injury which forced him out of one solitary match, it was a League Cup 2nd round 1st leg tie at Griffin Park on the 5 October '83, the versatile young Scot Steve Nicol covered for the injured Neal as the Reds won comfortably by 4 goals to 1. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) Griffin Park is a football ground situated in the London Borough of Hounslow, West London. Events 869 - The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about Patriarch Photius of Constantinople Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Stephen 'Steve' Nicol (born 11 December 1961 in Irvine, Scotland is a Scottish former professional Footballer, a utility player who played in the all-conquering
In 1984, Liverpool added their fourth European Cup to the League title and League Cup which they again retained. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Neal maintained his place throughout this season and was rewarded with the captaincy by manager Joe Fagan after Graeme Souness departed for Sampdoria in the summer. Joe Fagan (born 12 March, 1921 in Liverpool, died 30 June, 2001) was an English football manager best known Graeme James Souness (ˈsuːnɨs (born 6 May, 1953 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager Unione Calcio Sampdoria (commonly nicknamed Blucerchiati, blue-ringed is a football club based in Genoa, Italy.
Unfortunately for Neal, his one season as captain turned out to be a year when Liverpool emerged trophyless and with their reputation after Heysel in tatters. Fagan quit as manager afterwards due to the grief and Neal lost the captaincy under new manager Kenny Dalglish, who instead gave it to Alan Hansen. Kenneth Mathieson 'Kenny' Dalglish MBE (born 4 March 1951 in Dalmarnock, Glasgow) is a former Scottish international football Alan David Hansen (born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, 13 June 1955 is a BBC television football pundit and a former
Neal started the season in his regular role but Dalglish soon replaced him with Nicol, with his place going to the Scot, Neal departed Anfield after 11 years, joining Bolton Wanderers as player manager in the December of 1985. Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater When Liverpool won the League again that season (on their way to a "double with the FA Cup) Neal was awarded an eighth and final championship medal having made enough appearances to quaify for the medal, though it is a sad irony that the one domestic honour which eluded him, the FA Cup, was won by the club immediately before he arrived in 1974 and then immediately after he left in 1986, meaning he just missed out on both occasions.
He quit playing in 1989 (when player-manager of Bolton Wanderers) after more than 700 League appearances, as well as 50 caps for England between 1976 and 1983, scoring five goals. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) The English national football team represents England in international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football Only Gary Neville has won more England caps as a right back. Gary Alexander Neville (born February 18, 1975 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English football player Neal was awarded his first by Don Revie on the 24 March 1976, Wales were the opposition and the Racecourse Ground the venue as England won 2-1; Phil must have felt at home on his debut as club mates Ray Clemence, Phil Thompson, Ray Kennedy and Kevin Keegan (who skippered the side) were all picked and played the whole 90 minutes. Donald George 'Don' Revie, OBE, ( 10 July 1927 - 26 May 1989) was a football player for Leicester City, Events 1401 - Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus. 1603 - James VI of Scotland The Wales national football team represents Wales in international men's football. Sainsbury Standjpg|thumb|The Sainsbury's Stand]]Wrexham FCjpg|thumb|The Mold Road Stand looking towards the Kop]] The Racecourse Ground (Y Cae Ras is a Stadium located Raymond Neal "Ray" Clemence, MBE (born 5 August, 1948) is one of English and European football 's most decorated Goalkeepers Philip 'Phil' Bernard Thompson ( Liverpool, 21 January 1954) was a cultured defender in the dominant Liverpool team of the 1970s and 1980s Raymond Kennedy (born 28 July 1951 is an English former football player who won every domestic honour in the game with Arsenal and Liverpool in the 1970s Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951 is a former footballer, and former England national team coach who has been manager of various His first goal for his country came on the 16 May 1978 during a British Home Championship fixture at Wembley, enough to see off Northern Ireland by a goal to nil. Events 1204 - Baldwin IX Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire. The British Home Championship (also known as the Home International Championship) was an annual football competition contested between the United Kingdom The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international football.
In December 1985, Neal was appointed player-manager of Bolton Wanderers and managed the club for seven years. Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater During this period, the club suffered relegation to the Fourth Division for the first (and only) time in their history, but won promotion the following season. The side reached the Third Division play-offs on a couple of occasions without success before leaving in 1992 (Bolton achieved promotion to the now First Division the following year under Bruce Rioch). Bruce David Rioch (born 6 September 1947, in Aldershot, England) is an English -born Scottish football manager
Neal left Bolton to embark upon what turned out to be a memorable if infamous spell as a right-hand man to Graham Taylor during his spell in charge of the England team. Graham Taylor OBE (born 15 September 1944 Worksop, Nottinghamshire) is a football manager and a former player Neal was frequently heard to parrot Taylor on every tactical idea he had, without ever coming up with suggestions of his own. This was captured on camera during a notorious fly on the wall documentary,"Do I Not Like That - The Final Chapter", broadcast on Channel 4 after Taylor's reign had ended in disappointing failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. A camera is a device used to capture images either as still Photographs or as sequences of moving images ( Movies or Videos. Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt in one fashion or another to " Document " reality Channel 4 is a public-service Television and Radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom centred around a television channel of the same name which began The 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in the United States from June 17 to July 17 1994 The FIFA World Cup, occasionally called the Football World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international Association football Neal became a mild source of ridicule as a result, though he continued to work as a coach and manager.
He was appointed manager of Coventry City in 1993. Coventry City Football Club, otherwise known as the Sky Blues owing to the traditional colour of their strip is an association football club based in Coventry, The 1993/94 season saw Coventry open with a 3-0 win over Arsenal at Highbury. Coventry finished that season in a respectable 11th place. The following season saw this form not maintained and Neal would be replaced as manager by Ron Atkinson. Ronald Franklin Atkinson, commonly known as "Big Ron" and (earlier in his managerial career "Bojangles" (born 18 March, 1939
Neal subsequently had spells at Cardiff City and Manchester City. Cardiff City Football Club (Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Caerdydd is a football team based in Cardiff, Wales. TalkManchester City FC before changing verbs to singular --> Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club Neal concluded his coaching career with a brief spell as Assistant Manager at Peterborough United during the 1997/98 season. Peterborough United Football Club is an English professional football team based in Peterborough.
In recent years, Neal has worked as a football pundit for various television and radio organisations. He has also played for and coached the Liverpool masters side which dominated the Sky Sports Masters series. British Sky Broadcasting ( BSkyB — Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the
Neal is still a favourite amongst the Liverpool supporters and finished a respectable 20th in the 2006 poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop. Kopites are supporters of Liverpool Football Club who once stood and now sit on the Kop at Anfield stadium The poll was compiled by the official Liverpool Football Club web-sitein which 110,000 fans from all over the world participated after being asked to choose their favourite 10 Liverpool players of all time. Neal's 20th position gave him the accolade of being the Reds highest-placed right-back, beating the likes of Chris Lawler, Rob Jones, Tommy Smith, and the man who replaced him at Anfield, Steve Nicol. Chris Lawler (born 20 October 1943 in Liverpool) was a footballer who enjoyed much of Liverpool 's success of the 1960s and 1970s Robert Marc Jones (born November 5, 1971 in Wrexham, Wales) is a Welsh born former England international footballer Thomas 'Tommy' Smith MBE (born 5 April 1945) was a long-serving footballer with Liverpool, known for his uncompromising defensive style