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Neville Southall
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Southall pictured in July 2007
Personal information
Full name Neville Southall
Date of birth 16 September 1958 (1958-09-16) (age 63)
Place of birth Llandudno, Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1970–1973 Llandudno Swifts
1973–1974 Llandudno Town
1974–197? Bangor City
197?–1979 Conwy United
1979–1980 Winsford United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 Bury 39 (0)
1981–1998 Everton 578 (0)
1983 Port Vale (loan) 9 (0)
1997–1998 Southend United (loan) 9 (0)
1998 Stoke City (loan) 3 (0)
1998 Stoke City 9 (0)
1998 Doncaster Rovers 9 (0)
1998–2000 Torquay United 53 (0)
1999 Huddersfield Town (loan) 0 (0)
2000 Bradford City 1 (0)
2001 York City 0 (0)
2001 Rhyl 3 (0)
2001 Shrewsbury Town 0 (0)
2001 Dover Athletic 0 (0)
2001–2002 Shrewsbury Town 0 (0)
2002 Dagenham & Redbridge 0 (0)
Total 710 (0)
National team
1982–1997 Wales 92 (0)
Teams managed
1999 Wales (caretaker manager)
2001–2002 Dover Athletic
2004–2005 Hastings United
2009 Margate (caretaker manager)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Neville Southall MBE (born 16 September 1958) is a Welsh former international footballer. He has been described as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation and won the FWA Footballer of the Year award in 1985.

He joined Bury from Winsford United for a £6,000 fee in 1980, and turned professional in his early 20s after a number of years as a semi-professional and amateur player. During his teenage years he worked as a binman, waiter and hod carrier. He moved on to Everton for £150,000 in 1981 and established himself as the club's first-choice goalkeeper by the 1983–84 season. He went on to make a club record 578 appearances in the English Football League and Premier League (750 in all competitions); his honours with the club consist of a European Cup Winners' Cup medal in 1985, a First Division championship medal in 1984–85 and 1986–87, an FA Cup winners medal in 1984 and 1995, and an FA Charity Shield winners medal in 1984, 1985, and 1995. He also played in the 1985 and 1989 FA Cup finals, the League Cup final in 1984, and helped Everton to a second place in the league in 1985–86. After leaving Everton in 1998, he became Torquay United's regular goalkeeper for two years. He also made a handful of appearances for numerous other clubs.

He played internationally for Wales, winning 92 caps between 1982 and 1998, though he did not feature in any major international competitions. As an individual, he was named on the PFA Team of the Year four consecutive times, and was listed as one of the world's top ten goalkeepers by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics on four occasions. He is a member of the Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame. He has been named as one of the 100 'Greatest Players of the 20th Century' by World Soccer magazine. In the 1996 Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to football.

Since his retirement as a player, Southall has briefly managed Dover Athletic, Hastings United and Margate, and has coached at numerous clubs as well as the Welsh national youth teams. He has also worked extensively with disadvantaged children, and set up his own educational consultancy.

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