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Gary Neville
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Personal information
Full name Gary Alexander Neville
Date of birth 18 February 1975 (1975-02-18) (age 35)
Place of birth Bury, Greater Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 2
Youth career
1991–1992 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992– Manchester United 391 (5)
National team
1995– England 85 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:57, 6 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:57, 22 August 2009 (UTC)

Gary Alexander Neville[1] (born 18 February 1975) is an English football player. He is England's most capped right back and Manchester United's club captain.

Neville started at and has played his entire career so far at Old Trafford, making him to date a rare one club man. He is now United's second longest serving current player behind Ryan Giggs.

He made his international debut in 1995 and was first choice right back for club and country for more than ten years.

He is the brother of fellow Premier League footballer and Everton captain Phil Neville, who was also a Manchester United player (from 1993 until 2005). His sister Tracey Neville plays netball for England, his mother Jill is a receptionist for Bury and his father Neville Neville was once a cricketer for Lancashire.


Manchester United

The older of the Neville brothers joined Manchester United as an apprentice upon leaving school in 1991, and captained the youth side to FA Youth Cup glory in his first season. He made his senior debut for United in September 1992 against Torpedo Moscow in the UEFA Cup. Gary emerged as part of Alex Ferguson's youth-oriented side of the 1990s (nicknamed Fergie's Fledglings, an updated take on the 1950s equivalent Busby Babes) that included his brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. In 1994, he became first-choice right back at the expense of Paul Parker and has remained so ever since. He formed a partnership with Beckham on the right wing, regularly contributing assists.

In the summer of 2004, Neville signed a four-year contract extension with United.

Following Roy Keane's departure in December 2005, Neville was appointed the new captain, becoming the first local-born player in United's history to do so.[citation needed] In January 2006, his actions were the subject of some controversy after his celebration in front of the visiting Liverpool fans at Old Trafford, when he was seen to run from the half-way line towards the opposing fans to celebrate the 90th minute injury-time winning headed goal by United defender Rio Ferdinand.[2] His actions were criticized by Liverpool and fellow England defender Jamie Carragher, sections of the media and police who blamed him for disturbances between fans after the game. He was subsequently charged with improper conduct by The Football Association. Neville contested this, asking if it was preferable for players to act like "robots" and show no emotions. He was fined £5,000 and warned about his future conduct.[3]

Thus far, Gary Neville has won eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two European Cups and one League Cup, the last of which was his first trophy as captain.

Neville recovered from an injury suffered against Bolton in March 2007 and in his first match back, a reserve game against Everton in January 2008, he scored a rare goal in the 21st minute of the game which helped Manchester United to a 2-2 draw.[4]

On 9 April 2008, Neville made his long-awaited comeback against Roma in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford as an 81st-minute substitute for Anderson. Neville was welcomed back to the pitch with a standing ovation, and was promptly given the captain's armband. It was Neville's 99th Champions League appearance. However, he was not selected for the European Cup final squad on 21 May, though he did join in with the post-match celebrations after United won on penalties following a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Instead, Rio Ferdinand and Giggs lifted the trophy together having shared the captaincy during Neville's absence.

Neville started his first game in seventeen months when he captained Manchester United for the 2008 FA Community Shield against Portsmouth on 10 August 2008. He then made another start against Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Super Cup, before making his first start at home since his injury against Villarreal in the opening group game of the UEFA Champions League 2008–09. On 21 September 2008, Neville started his first league game in almost 18 months when he played against Chelsea. Gary Neville extended his stay at Old Trafford until June 2010.[5]

On 27 October 2009, Neville was sent off for a tackle on Adam Hammill in United's 2-0 away win against Barnsley in the League Cup Fourth Round. He has played in an unfamiliar role at centre back due to a long-term injury to Rio Ferdinand and various minor injuries to Nemanja Vidić and Jonny Evans.

International career

Neville made his first appearance for England in 1995 when he was picked by Terry Venables for the friendly against Japan. On 23 May 1996, he was joined in the England team by his brother Phil Neville for a match against China; they had also appeared together in the 1996 FA Cup Final two weeks earlier and thus were the first pair of brothers to play together in an FA Cup-final winning side and for England in the same season since Hubert and Francis Heron in 1877, 119 years earlier.[6]

He has since been selected at right back for his country by five different coaches and potentially may become his country's most capped full back overall - Kenny Sansom, the former Crystal Palace and Arsenal left back, currently holds that honour with 86 caps. The emergence of teenager Micah Richards, form of both Manchester United club-mate Wes Brown & England Coach Fabio Capello preference to play Liverpool F.C player Glen Johnson has placed his position in the England team under threat.

He had been the youngest first choice player in the England first team during Euro 96, his first tournament, playing in each game until the semi-final, when he was suspended and England were subsequently knocked out by eventual winners, Germany. He also played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. A broken foot put paid to his hopes of playing the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but he quickly returned to the side after regaining his fitness, and was once again the first choice right back by the time of Euro 2004.

Neville missed the latter stages of the qualification campaign for the 2006 World Cup with injury. He returned to the England team in March 2006 for a friendly against Uruguay.

Neville was selected for England's 2006 World Cup squad. He played in England's opening Group B game against Paraguay but pulled his calf in training the night before the team's second game and was forced to miss the next three games until playing the full match in England's losing quarter-final against Portugal on 1 July. It was his 81st England cap, bringing him up to ninth in the all-time rankings, ahead of Gary Lineker and team-mate Michael Owen, who had briefly drawn level with Neville during the World Cup.

Neville briefly took over the England captaincy during this game after the substitution of David Beckham due to an injury shortly after half-time, despite the previous match's deputy captain John Terry also being on the field.

After the defeat to Portugal, Neville announced that he would continue to be available for selection for his country under new coach Steve McClaren and added that, unlike some former international team-mates, he would not ever make the decision to retire from the England set-up, stating: "That decision is not Gary Neville's to make". As one of three club captains (along with Terry and Steven Gerrard) in the first choice England line-up, he was mentioned as a contender for the England captaincy which Beckham vacated after elimination from the World Cup. However, he was clearly an outsider and Terry was given the job and Steven Gerrard made vice-captain.

On 11 October, Neville was involved in a game-changing incident during a Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia when his straightforward backpass took an unfortunate bounce and caused goalkeeper Paul Robinson to miss his kick, which resulted in the ball ending up in the net. Although Robinson was at the centre of the moment, Neville was officially credited with an own goal, the second of his England career; he has scored no goals for England.

On 7 February 2007, Neville won his 85th cap in England's 1-0 friendly defeat to Spain. His appearance took him to within one cap of equalling Sansom's record for an England full back, and eighth in the all-time appearances list for his country. However, an ankle injury suffered on 17 March 2007 while playing for Manchester United robbed him of the chance to equal Sansom's record, as he was forced to miss the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Andorra on 24 March and 28 respectively. Surgery on his ankle ruled him out of two summer matches at the new Wembley Stadium, and then a calf muscle injury delayed his recovery in the autumn. These injury problems, together with a perceived decline in ability, have threatened to put an end to Neville's international playing career.

On 24 May 2009, Neville was given a surprise recall to the England squad by Fabio Capello for the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra, but did not feature in any of these games.[7]

Neville holds or co-holds a number of England records:

  • When he came on as a substitute against Italy at Leeds in 2002, he earned his 51st cap, breaking the record for a right back held previously by Phil Neal.
  • His 11 appearances for England in the European Championship finals (over three tournaments) is a record.
  • Neville also holds the record for the most appearances by an outfield player without having scored a goal (other than own goals) for the England team. This less prestigious record was broken in 2004, having previously been held by Ray Wilson.
  • With his brother Phil, the Nevilles hold the record of England's most capped brothers, with 142 appearances between them. It was Phil's appearance as a substitute against Israel in 2007, a game for which Gary was injured, which broke a record they had jointly held with Jack and Bobby Charlton.
  • The Nevilles hold outright the record for the most appearances in the same England team by a pair of brothers with 31, although the 31st in 2007 came a whole seven years after the 30th.


Neville was allegedly the ringleader of an idea to boycott an important Euro 2004 qualifier away to Turkey in support of teammate Rio Ferdinand who had been issued with a ban for missing a drug test.[citation needed] The strike never occurred and the match went ahead.[citation needed] He was believed to be behind a similar player protest in support of Alan Smith after the striker was dropped from the England squad because of his arrest related to an alleged off-the-field indiscretion, later proven to be untrue.[citation needed] Gary was also thought to be the chief instigator of the England players' snub of the British press and media after a match.[citation needed] The public perception of these incidents has led to Gary being lampooned in the media, for example his dubbing by the often-irreverent website Football365, as "Citizen Neville" (after Citizen Smith), while another cited nickname is "Red Nev". Neville's face has since frequently been superimposed onto the iconic image of Che Guevara in a range of contexts, including a t-shirt.[8]

In 2005, Gary prompted another debate in the aftermath of an England game against the Netherlands, which had been used to promote the "Let's kick racism out of football" campaign. Gary questioned whether certain corporate sponsors involved in the match believed in the cause enough to justify the publicity they received.[citation needed]

Gary has a long standing relationship with the Mediterranean island of Malta, he has been an official tourism ambassador since 2001 and works with Air Malta to promote the country which he has regularly visited since childhood.[citation needed] In return, the Malta Tourism Authority and Air Malta sponsor the Gary Neville Soccer School on the island, which Gary tutors at every summer.[citation needed]

He is currently on the Management Committee of the Professional Footballers' Association.[citation needed]

Personal life

Neville married Emma Hadfield on 16 June 2007[9] and their first child, daughter Molly, was born on 11 January 2009.[10]

In July 2009, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Bolton for his outstanding contributions to football.[11]

In January 2010 it was reported that Neville has applied for planning permission to build an eco-friendly home, which would be the first zero-carbon house in north west England.[12]

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[13] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 1992–93 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
1993–94 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
1994–95 18 0 4 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 27 0
1995–96 31 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
1996–97 31 1 3 0 1 0 10 0 1 0 46 1
1997–98 34 0 3 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 45 0
1998–99 34 1 7 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 54 1
1999–2000 22 0 0 0 9 0 4 0 35 0
2000–01 32 1 2 0 0 0 14 0 1 0 49 1
2001–02 34 0 2 0 0 0 14 0 1 0 51 0
2002–03 26 0 3 0 5 0 10 1 0 0 44 1
2003–04 30 2 4 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 42 2
2004–05 22 0 4 0 1 0 7 1 1 0 35 1
2005–06 25 0 3 0 5 0 4 0 0 0 37 0
2006–07 24 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 33 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 16 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 4 0 29 0
2009–10 11 0 1 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 21 0
Total 391 5 47 0 24 0 116 2 13 0 591 7

Statistics accurate as of match played 14 March 2010[14]





  1. ^ "Player Stats — Gary Neville". Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  2. ^ "Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 2006-01-22. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Neville defends goal celebration". BBC Sport. 2006-01-24. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Reserves: Everton 2 United 2".{B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=522184. 
  5. ^ "New deal for 'amazing' Neville". 2009-02-20.{B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6627528. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Red Anniversaries: 22-28 May". Retrieved January 27, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Gary Neville earns surprise recall to Fabio Capello's England squad". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Che "Gary Neville" Guevara T-Shirt from".<!. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  9. ^ "Rod's was match of the day as WAGs tie the knot". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  10. ^ Patrick, Guy (2009-01-12). "It's baby joy at last for Gary". Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  11. ^ "University announces honorary awards recipients". (The University of Bolton). 19 June 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  14. ^ "Gary Neville". Retrieved 22 August 2009. 

Further reading

  • Oldfield, Tom (2007). Gary Neville: The Story of a Legend. John Blake. (ISBN 978-1-84454-388-5). 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roy Keane
Manchester United captain
Succeeded by

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Gary Neville
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Personal information
Full name Gary Alexander Neville
Date of birth 18 February 1975 (1975-02-18) (age 36)
Place of birth    Bury, Greater Manchester, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 2
Youth clubs
1991-1992 Manchester United
Senior clubs
Years Club
1992- Manchester United
National team
1995-2007 England

Gary Neville (born 18 February 1975) is an English football player. He plays for Manchester United. He has played for the club for his whole career, and is captain of the club. He has also played for the England national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1992/93Manchester UnitedPremier League0000001010
CountryEngland 380546020011125577
Total 380546020011125577

International career statistics


England national team


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