Not that he ever let it affect his game: he was magnificent, and remains universally hailed as one of the all-time goalkeeping greats. Fellow Wales-international Kevin Ratcliffe Rats is the player he speaks most fondly of, especially in terms of an off-pitch friendship, but for the most part the others are assessed in terms of the qualities they brought to the team. As well as his skill on the field, Southall has one of those personas that attract interest. Any Evertonian would agree. What is arguably more surprising is the undercurrent of animosity that he felt from Joe Royle, himself an Everton legend, during his reign as manager in the mids, and those passages leave it up to the reader to study between the lines.
They both love dogs: perhaps they should bond over this?
Neville Southall – The Binman Chronicles
Even the customary lap around the ground was out of necessity more than choice, and unlike many of his peers of the day, his tea-total lifestyle is a personal preference and not one made on medical advice. His success is tinged with frustration however, with the European ban for British clubs in the eighties depriving his Everton side of a potentially magical era. His affection is not just for Everton either, as his period at the club brought him close to the people in the City of Liverpool and he describes the effect the tragic events of Heysel and Hillsborough had on the community.
Southall unsurprisingly did not follow many of his peers into the media upon his retirement from the professional game.
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Football for Southall was just that, being a footballer, and it was the only time he has enjoyed the spotlight. Brief moves into coaching and management revealed a different side to this eccentric football genius however, and a surprise shift into education provides the opening and closing chapters of this enthralling read.
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Unlike many of his peers, Southall is now using the life-skills he developed during his career to benefit others less-fortunate than himself, and with it provide help, support and guidance to youngsters that he probably and occasionally can see a little bit of himself in. Size: mm x mm.
ISBN: Publication: 30 July Considered among the greatest goalkeepers of all time and one of English football's defining figures over a career that spanned more than two decades, Neville Southall has for the first time 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.
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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 disadvantaged youths.
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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 man with trenchant views on the direction of the modern game, Southall's amazing story is the ultimate antidote to the dull stereotype of the modern footballer.
He left school at 16 and worked as a hod carrier, binman and waiter, while rising through the ranks of amateur and non-league football. His breakthrough in came with Bury, and a year later he joined Howard Kendall's Everton. James Corbett is a sports correspondent and award-winning author who has reported from 20 countries across five continents for outlets including the BBC, the Observer, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and FourFourTwo.