Due for publication in August, it represents the first time that one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time and one of English football's defining figures over a career that spanned more than two decades has decided to tell his extraordinary life story.
For more than sixteen years Southall kept goal for Everton and Wales, becoming his club and country's greatest servant, as well as Everton's most decorated player. Uncompromising, unorthodox and often unkempt, Southall's career followed an incredible trajectory: from football-mad binman, to the greatest goalkeeper in the world in the space of a few years.
Now he lifts the lid on a career that saw him win virtually every major honour, offering a window not just on Everton's glory years and the rapidly changing landscape of British football, but also the latest chapter of his life - working with disengaged young people. It is also a story of a time before the game was all about money; when a young player's love of the game and ceaseless commitment to excellence could see him rise to the very summit of world football.
A reflective and thoughtful man with trenchant views on the direction of the modern game, Southall's amazing story represents the ultimate antidote to the dull stereotype of the modern footballer.
deCoubertin Books will shortly be announcing a special competition for fans of Neville to help choose the title of his book.
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865 Posted 24/02/2012 at 14:54:17
Big Nev always told it the way it was.
866 Posted 24/02/2012 at 14:57:05
869 Posted 24/02/2012 at 15:26:20
871 Posted 24/02/2012 at 15:31:24
(as in "of Defence")
874 Posted 24/02/2012 at 15:42:01
876 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:00:43
881 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:06:16
Oh yeah, "The Safest Hands In Soccer"
884 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:11:15
885 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:11:53
886 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:16:03
887 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:18:08
895 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:38:01
897 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:43:19
898 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:41:40
Saved by the Ball !
I'll get me coat
900 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:48:31
901 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:52:19
903 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:55:13
904 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:53:15
907 Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:57:53
Dust in time
Dust up at half time
He was a hero of course but I never quite got over his expressed view one year that it would do us good to be relegated. As Toffeeweb?s number one poster boy Bill said at the time: ?Nev, you?re out to lunch.?
I always wondered whether he would go into management. I once heard someone at a game talking about this to a mate. ?Imagine the team talk?, his mate replied. .
913 Posted 24/02/2012 at 17:13:14
So, Bin Lids for Goalposts.
918 Posted 24/02/2012 at 17:36:15
920 Posted 24/02/2012 at 17:35:53
923 Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:05:46
924 Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:18:04
Cant see that ever being chanted again from Glawdys Street.
927 Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:26:09
929 Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:33:05
"Lush Tall Evil One"
I think he's got his title right there.
931 Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:20:34
933 Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:52:41
934 Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:54:50
935 Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:05:30
937 Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:13:35
"If you don't believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day."
Can't see them using it as a title though.
938 Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:10:10
a few weeks ago i had a vivid dream where i met big nev socially. we got on really well and had a few drinks. eventually he came around to my place to listen to music. then he totally ripped into and ridiculed my music collection. what an arse!
never meet your heroes!
941 Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:17:47
943 Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:19:32
eyecatching on the shelves and says the two most importnat things for this book:
1/ Nev was the best point blank shot stopper the league's ever seen
2/ Point Blank states it'll be an open/honest autobiog
944 Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:25:29
949 Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:42:09
953 Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:03:59
Got a nice ring to it ??
Number 1 - sounds good to me otherwise..
954 Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:08:26
959 Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:35:42
A reference to his former profession and his insight to his 16 year careeer.
Go Big Nev! I cannot wait to read it.
960 Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:12:27
I've a photo somewhere of the great man making his way on crutches around the dog track at Wembley before kick off. Had he played in that Final Rush would not have had a brace that day - Nev always seemed to get the better of his Wales roomate?!
It's a shame that the word "legend" is so overused and undervalued these days (ordinary people use it when referring to their mates). Sadly the way people talk nowadays means there are no undiluted superlatives left to describe the likes of Southall, except perhaps one...
"The Absolute Best!"
963 Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:44:55
Or 'These hands are made for saving'
Or "Got to catch a ball or two' (to the sound of 'got to pick a pocket or two').
964 Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:51:57
Big Nev - now with 75% extra
Blue Stopper, Loo Blocker
Love the big man and he gave me some of my best memories of following the Blues from Ireland in the 80s.
965 Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:41:10
That is an Evertonian life but the best.
968 Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:57:03
Lifting the lid.
Tha's got to be the winner for me. Well done ha ha
970 Posted 24/02/2012 at 21:34:24
973 Posted 24/02/2012 at 22:01:54
976 Posted 24/02/2012 at 22:00:50
Remember Match of the Day, when John Motson was shouting about Wednesday's equaliser for a couple of seconds until he realised that the impossible had happened, Nev had saved it?
979 Posted 24/02/2012 at 22:38:32
How many goalies have ever got PFA and Sports writers Footballer of the year. Enough said.
986 Posted 24/02/2012 at 23:26:12
Giles#904 - I'm simultaneously intrigued by the bukkake reference. Did I miss something?
Anyhow, best goalie I ever saw. Unbeatable on his day. Never gets the credit etc......
987 Posted 24/02/2012 at 23:38:32
988 Posted 24/02/2012 at 23:57:25
989 Posted 24/02/2012 at 23:53:47
I wouldn't even put Shilton above him. For instance Nev would have put his cap on that goal he conceded in the World Cup semi final at Italia 90.
Strangely enough, I do believe his peak years as a goalkeeper were after our 80s glory. Maybe because he had more to do with our side in decline.
Title for his book? Neville Save-all.
990 Posted 25/02/2012 at 00:08:20
"The Garbage Collector"
992 Posted 25/02/2012 at 00:29:38
004 Posted 25/02/2012 at 04:57:43
014 Posted 25/02/2012 at 08:37:25
Non shall pass.
The goodison cat. (much better than that anfield one those simple folk over the park are always talking about...!)
Evertons Great Orme. (he was our rock!?)
015 Posted 25/02/2012 at 08:50:19
Refuse as in binman
019 Posted 25/02/2012 at 08:35:33
As for a book title?
Possibly "What The Fuck Is Going On?" (from his post-sitting stunt at half time against Leeds, when we were 3 down).
Actually the title will probably be along the lines of 'Big Nev' or 'Number 1', but it's the lines AFTER the titles that I like.
You know, the lines like 'Be afraid...be very afraid'.
I'd suggest 'He saved footballs, but..did football save him?'.
(Or possibly 'The story of the only Neville to play for Everton, who could trap a ball without looking like a cunt and pass to a man in a blue shirt').
020 Posted 25/02/2012 at 09:18:00
022 Posted 25/02/2012 at 09:22:26
023 Posted 25/02/2012 at 09:30:24
024 Posted 25/02/2012 at 09:40:42
027 Posted 25/02/2012 at 10:01:50
036 Posted 25/02/2012 at 10:48:52
049 Posted 25/02/2012 at 12:06:10
050 Posted 25/02/2012 at 12:04:34
052 Posted 25/02/2012 at 12:31:22
no sorry you're right he was the only Neville
055 Posted 25/02/2012 at 12:42:17
057 Posted 25/02/2012 at 13:14:31
061 Posted 25/02/2012 at 13:19:13
How (phonetically) do you pronounce your surname?
063 Posted 25/02/2012 at 13:33:30
101 Posted 25/02/2012 at 16:21:52
That game was on ESPN classic not too long ago. I only saw Nev towards the twilight of his career. I knew he was good but FFS I've never seen a goalkeeping display like that. It was like he had three arms.
From what I remember absolutely fucking nobody set foot in his area with getting twatted for the honour. Only Schmichael is in his league.
104 Posted 25/02/2012 at 16:43:37
I was about 13 at the time. Think the Holland manager called him the best keeper in the world after the game. He was unbelievable in that game and for a 4/5 year spell from 84-89 was one of the best, or indeed the best there was.
108 Posted 25/02/2012 at 17:03:10
Lifting the Lid, pure genius that fella.
109 Posted 25/02/2012 at 17:19:57
110 Posted 25/02/2012 at 17:15:10
"Neville Southall rubbishes his detractors and crushes the many rumours surrounding his rise to the top...bag this one whilst stocks last!" (The Sun)
111 Posted 25/02/2012 at 17:22:48
120 Posted 25/02/2012 at 18:21:45
140 Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:09:19
"If I had only known, I would have been a binman" ?
142 Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:15:22
144 Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:19:50
However, Peter #976, Sir I salute you, I was at that game and recall for a season or two later "the save" (and you know which one) lead the intros to MotD. That day, and I cannot remember the goal, two things stood out, Southall and, for me Bracey chasing them around like a madman, at times we just chased and chased and they just went backwards.
Suppose it is out of the question that anyone has the save in question on YouTube or something?
145 Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:37:21
147 Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:56:26
150 Posted 25/02/2012 at 23:01:51
152 Posted 25/02/2012 at 23:28:41
So to a title for his book, Man of the Match (and we lost 7 - 1), or Better than the Bank(s) of England!..
(Copyright) Tommy Gibbons 2012. So don't try and rob the titles from me when the competition starts!! ... lol
173 Posted 26/02/2012 at 05:28:19
Truly the greatest keeper ever to wear the shirt... and Gordon West takes some beating.
177 Posted 26/02/2012 at 07:16:10
208 Posted 26/02/2012 at 12:40:41
244 Posted 26/02/2012 at 19:06:03
246 Posted 26/02/2012 at 19:10:57
We had a goalie we called The Cat, too.
He was shite.
But litter trained.
247 Posted 26/02/2012 at 19:18:27
255 Posted 26/02/2012 at 19:48:33
259 Posted 26/02/2012 at 20:49:13
309 Posted 27/02/2012 at 11:23:38
And then with a couple of minutes to go the ball was lofted into the box and Nev charged out and claimed. Two big hands. None of this punching nonsense. Calmed everyone down. Gilesy, the RTE co-commentator, was gushing with praise. What a true legend.
381 Posted 28/02/2012 at 01:43:20
Legend for not only my club but also my country. Even played left wing for my home town Aberystwyth for giggles.
Much respect; it will be the only biography I will of read.
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