Everton News, Season 2011-12

Southall to publish autobiography

24/02/2012 |  95 Comments: First  |  Last
deCoubertin Books, the small publisher with big ideas, are delighted to announce that they will be publishing the autobiography of Everton and Wales legend Neville Southall.

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.

Original Source: de Courbertin Books

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Dave Lynch
865   Posted 24/02/2012 at 14:54:17

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This will be a read and a half.
Big Nev always told it the way it was.
Stephen Kenny
866   Posted 24/02/2012 at 14:57:05

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From Binman to......Binman!!
Matteo Rosingana
869   Posted 24/02/2012 at 15:26:20

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Keeper of the Times. (he collected clocks, didn't he?).
Amit Vithlani
871   Posted 24/02/2012 at 15:31:24

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The Last Line

(as in "of Defence")
Nick Entwistle
874   Posted 24/02/2012 at 15:42:01

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I'm sure I'd read more auto/biographies if there wasn't an insistence of a pun in the title.
Colin Wainwright
876   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:00:43

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Gotta be worth a read. True legend.
Scott Hamilton
881   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:06:16

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Showing my age a bit here but what was the old Roy of the Rovers goalkeeper story called...?

Oh yeah, "The Safest Hands In Soccer"
Dan Parker
884   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:11:15

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How to win the FA Cup and be home in time for tea with the wife.
Ray Robinson
885   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:11:53

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"My life was rubbish until Everton called"
Andrew Laird
886   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:16:03

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Number one
Scott Hamilton
887   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:18:08

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"Royal Blue Brick Wall"
John Malone
895   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:38:01

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It's got to be as Andrew above said, "Number 1". What a man... I only wish I got to see and appreciate him in his heyday.
Antony Matthews
897   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:43:19

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"How to look scruffy in a suit"
Colin Potter
898   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:41:40

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If he had a rough childhood, and was a bit of a scallywag, it could be called:
Saved by the Ball !

I'll get me coat
Dan Parker
900   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:48:31

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Neville with introduction by Neville Neville
Ray Roche
901   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:52:19

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Once A Binman....
Stephen Kenny
903   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:55:13

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Theres only one Neville
Giles Larkman
904   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:53:15

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Maybe this book might explain why, later on in his career, he would take to the field having let his face be the centrepiece in a bukkake party.
Tony McNulty
907   Posted 24/02/2012 at 16:57:53

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Bin there, done that
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. .
Tony I'Anson
913   Posted 24/02/2012 at 17:13:14

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Jumpers For Goalposts, but probably been used a thousand times.

So, Bin Lids for Goalposts.
Peter Warren
918   Posted 24/02/2012 at 17:36:15

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My hero- I loved Southall best player I've ever seen for us , I always wanted him to manage us
James McPherson
920   Posted 24/02/2012 at 17:35:53

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"Job done, I'm off" - legendary moment after the 95 cup final that captures this idiosyncratic man who was brilliant at something he did not care too much for, Look forward to it coming out.
Barry Rathbone
923   Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:05:46

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" Had to be a Toffee - Everything Stuck"
David Bridge
924   Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:18:04

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'Wales No 1'

Cant see that ever being chanted again from Glawdys Street.
Anthony Flack
927   Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:26:09

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Number 1
Barry Lightfoot
929   Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:33:05

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I tried the anagram generator and it came up with

"Lush Tall Evil One"

I think he's got his title right there.
James Power
931   Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:20:34

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"Neville Southall: On football, Life and loving my wife" (for those not old enough to remember his T Shirt in the cup final - he was probably one if the first to broadcast a message in this way)
Tony McNulty
933   Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:52:41

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Given his size in the latter part of his career:

Bin Lardun
Paul Foster
934   Posted 24/02/2012 at 18:54:50

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Neverton
Malcolm Szuplewski
935   Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:05:30

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I apologise Paul for plagiarising your idea

but

Nevilton
Steve Smith
937   Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:13:35

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Big Nev did say this:

"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.
Chris Williamson
938   Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:10:10

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this is genuine, and i've no idea what caused it.
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!
Tony McNulty
941   Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:17:47

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By the way, re. my previous post I am certainly not equating our great keeper with any of the characteristics of a certain heinous individual. And apologies should that have been seen as a message. Just that the name struck a chord (things often do after a new pints).
Charlie Martin
943   Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:19:32

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"POINT BLANK"

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



John Kelly
944   Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:25:29

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Muddy shin-pads
Paul Wharton
949   Posted 24/02/2012 at 19:42:09

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LEGEND
Paul Wharton
Mark Riding
953   Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:03:59

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Hows about ' Everton would have won the cup in 86 if I hadnt played in that stupid fucking friendly for Wales against Ireland at Lansdown road and did my ankle'

Got a nice ring to it ??

Number 1 - sounds good to me otherwise..
Shaun Brennan
954   Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:08:26

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Big Nev the Meff
Mark McDonald
959   Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:35:42

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A great title for me has to be, "Lifting the Lid".

A reference to his former profession and his insight to his 16 year careeer.

Go Big Nev! I cannot wait to read it.
Chris Jones [NZ]
960   Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:12:27

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Mark Riding #953: "the cup"?! You mean the Double don't you?! Liverpool finished the season a point above us thanks to a late winner by Daglish, away at Chelsea, while we were thrashing Southampton 6:1 at home.

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!"
John Hall
963   Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:44:55

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How about 'Neville the true supersaver!'

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').
Gavin Fennessy
964   Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:51:57

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Refuse-nik (remember his half-time sit-down)
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.
Frank Duffy
965   Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:41:10

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Will always remenber his save away at Spurs which effectively won us the league title in 1985. We won 2 1 and easily won the league. They were bril days. Maybe one day they will be back.

That is an Evertonian life but the best.
Shaun Brennan
968   Posted 24/02/2012 at 20:57:03

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Mark McDonald

Lifting the lid.

Tha's got to be the winner for me. Well done ha ha
Jack Molloy
970   Posted 24/02/2012 at 21:34:24

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Life on the Line

Ian Edwards
973   Posted 24/02/2012 at 22:01:54

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I spoke to Neville a few years ago when he was doing a book signing with David Prentice and I asked him when he was going to do his autobiography and he said he wasnt going to do one. I asked why and he said he would have to slaughter people. Prentice said that it would be a great read. Glad he's changed his mind.
Peter Mills
976   Posted 24/02/2012 at 22:00:50

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Yes Frank, and the most extraordinary performance a few weeks later at Hillsborough. They battered us, the Big Man kept everything out, Gray scored, we won and the title was ours a couple of days later. The greatest goalkeeping display I've ever seen. I'm driving to Sheffield tomorrow, it will bring back very fond memories of that day.
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?
Tony Doran
979   Posted 24/02/2012 at 22:38:32

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"Like A Pig In Shit "
How many goalies have ever got PFA and Sports writers Footballer of the year. Enough said.
Steve Mink
986   Posted 24/02/2012 at 23:26:12

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"The Binman Cometh" (one for the Eng Lit students out there)

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......
Colin Prendergast
987   Posted 24/02/2012 at 23:38:32

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Mark #959, great title, look forward to seeing in print..
Adolf Ng
988   Posted 24/02/2012 at 23:57:25

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Just wondering whether he will give some insight on his earlier legal fight with his daughter about keeping his medals and caps? Would be interested to know the true story behind ~~~
Ste Traverse
989   Posted 24/02/2012 at 23:53:47

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It really does make my blood boil when pundits mention all time great keepers and sometimes Nev doesn't even merit a mention while the likes of Seaman do.

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.
Liam Reilly
990   Posted 25/02/2012 at 00:08:20

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Neville Southall
"The Garbage Collector"
Dave Wilson
992   Posted 25/02/2012 at 00:29:38

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Neville Southall - a Strikers graveyard
Giles Larkman
004   Posted 25/02/2012 at 04:57:43

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Steve, I have vivid memories of in the very early 90s, Big Nev coming out with what can only be described as what looked like the contents of a family tub of vaseline smeared all over his face. Well I'm hoping it was vaseline.
Keith Skidmore
014   Posted 25/02/2012 at 08:37:25

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I stalked the line.
Non shall pass.
The goodison cat. (much better than that anfield one those simple folk over the park are always talking about...!)
Stopper.
The benchmark.
Evertons Great Orme. (he was our rock!?)
Chris Leyland
015   Posted 25/02/2012 at 08:50:19

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Refuse to concede

Refuse as in binman
Eugene Ruane
019   Posted 25/02/2012 at 08:35:33

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Giles, your bukkake comment got a 'laugh out loud' here (wish there was a shorter way of saying that).

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').
Tony Cheek
020   Posted 25/02/2012 at 09:18:00

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"Hands Across the Park"
Jim Williams
022   Posted 25/02/2012 at 09:22:26

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Although it doesn't do due justice to him as Nev was the greatest goalkeeper I have ever seen... from humble beginnings to a legend..... "The Flying Binman".
Adolf Ng
023   Posted 25/02/2012 at 09:30:24

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Eugene (019): only Neville to play for everton? How about our current captain ?
Eugene Ruane
024   Posted 25/02/2012 at 09:40:42

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- Shakes head.
Anthony Fox
027   Posted 25/02/2012 at 10:01:50

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Got to be "Wales No.1"
Robbie Muldoon
036   Posted 25/02/2012 at 10:48:52

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SAFE HANDS
Sean McCarthy
049   Posted 25/02/2012 at 12:06:10

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Keep up adolf!!!
Simon Jones
050   Posted 25/02/2012 at 12:04:34

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From Binman to Legend. I always get a bit misty eyed when I think of our goalie. I grew up thinking that no matter how good any opposition striker was, Big Nev would always save any shot. He epitomises everything Everton should stand for, apart from being a bit scruffy. You can get him answer questions for money, he has a website called AskNevilleSouthall.com.
David Bridge
052   Posted 25/02/2012 at 12:31:22

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Eugene I agree with Adolf you forgot about Phil.......hang on a minute........trap.....ball...cement...gobshite...cant pass....blue...
no sorry you're right he was the only Neville
Peter Cummings
055   Posted 25/02/2012 at 12:42:17

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Red Dragon, True Blue
Phil O'Rourke
057   Posted 25/02/2012 at 13:14:31

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"I love my wife!"
Eugene Ruane
061   Posted 25/02/2012 at 13:19:13

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- I promise this is NOT being facetious Adolf (genuine curiousity).

How (phonetically) do you pronounce your surname?
Richard O'Shea
063   Posted 25/02/2012 at 13:33:30

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Around 1988, Nev played in goal for Wales against Van Basten and Co in their pomp... one of the best goalkeeping displays I have ever seen ? it was like Holland 11 v Nev. He kept them out for most of the game; Holland got a late winner. Awesome stuff.
Stephen Kenny
101   Posted 25/02/2012 at 16:21:52

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Richard,

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.
Bobby Thomas
104   Posted 25/02/2012 at 16:43:37

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Richard O'Shea, yep, vividly remember that performance.

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.
Colin Fitzpatrick
108   Posted 25/02/2012 at 17:03:10

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Mark Mc #959

Lifting the Lid, pure genius that fella.
Julian Wait
109   Posted 25/02/2012 at 17:19:57

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Clean Sheets
Anthony Jones
110   Posted 25/02/2012 at 17:15:10

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"To the tip and back"...

"Neville Southall rubbishes his detractors and crushes the many rumours surrounding his rise to the top...bag this one whilst stocks last!" (The Sun)
Julian Wait
111   Posted 25/02/2012 at 17:22:48

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Binman: Why football is rubbish
Peter Laing
120   Posted 25/02/2012 at 18:21:45

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And we love our Neville Southall
Tommy Coleman
140   Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:09:19

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I'll be buying that book.

"If I had only known, I would have been a binman" ?
Barry Rathbone
142   Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:15:22

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"Top of the Heap"
Ian Smitham
144   Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:19:50

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Frank #965, that save against Lineker was fabulous as they were right behind us in the table and it turned the game.

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?
Ian Smitham
145   Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:37:21

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"Southall Southall, this was the score"
Gavin Ramejkis
147   Posted 25/02/2012 at 22:56:26

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We used to call him the cat, he could leap like one and catch anything thrown at him
Dick Fearon
150   Posted 25/02/2012 at 23:01:51

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When I was a lad to be a binman was a top job. Never knew one that worked after noon.
Bukkake!?
Tommy Gibbons
152   Posted 25/02/2012 at 23:28:41

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The Holland 7 v 1 Wales game was in 1996 boys when the Dutch manager proclaimed Southall as one of the best keepers in the world and Southall was man of the match too!...

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
Anto Byrne
173   Posted 26/02/2012 at 05:28:19

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In Safe Hands ? The Neville Southall Story.

Truly the greatest keeper ever to wear the shirt... and Gordon West takes some beating.
Alex Higgins
177   Posted 26/02/2012 at 07:16:10

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Southall Saves

Pubteam goalie.
Billy Finch
208   Posted 26/02/2012 at 12:40:41

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'The Welsh Guard'
Mike Davies
244   Posted 26/02/2012 at 19:06:03

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"Keeper's Ball ? it's not a dance!"
Ray Roche
246   Posted 26/02/2012 at 19:10:57

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Gavin Ramejkis@147

We had a goalie we called The Cat, too.

He was shite.

But litter trained.
Scott Hamilton
247   Posted 26/02/2012 at 19:18:27

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"Bin there, won that"
Gerard Carroll
255   Posted 26/02/2012 at 19:48:33

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Neville Southall, my hero, I think he would be offended by some of the remarks posted. Without him, Everton would not have achieved what they did in the mid-eighties, best goalie I have ever seen and it will be a long time before we see the likes of him again! Schmichel was just a load of Danish pastry compared with Nev!
Howard Meakin
259   Posted 26/02/2012 at 20:49:13

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Big Nev was the best keeper in the world when Everton bossed the league; as far as I'm concerned, no other keeper came close to him. My title for his book would be From Rags to Riches (In Crap Suits).
Jer Sweetnam
309   Posted 27/02/2012 at 11:23:38

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What memories! I remember the 95 Cup Final, when he was well past his best, Nev making a fantastic double save from Scholesy. The commentator on RTE, a guy called George Hamilton, couldn't contain himself..."Southall saves....TWICE!" ? It?s etched on my memory.

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.

Sigh...
Jamie Oliver
381   Posted 28/02/2012 at 01:43:20

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I would go for "Because, If you know your history..."

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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