Neville Southall

  • Neville SouthallNeville Southall MBE (Wales)
  • Height: 6ft1in (185cms)
  • DOB: 16 September 1958
  • Clubs:
    • Port Vale 1980-81
    • Everton 1981-1998
    • Port Vale (loan) 1983
    • Sheffield United (loan) 1997-98
    • Stoke City (loan) 1998
    • Stoke City 1998
    • Torquay United 1998-2000
    • Huddersfield Town (loan)  1999
    • Bradford City 2000
    • York City 2001
    • Rhyl 2001
    • Shrewsbury Town 2001
    • Dover Athletic 2001
    • Shrewsbury Town 2001-2002
    • Dagenham & Redbridge 2002
  • Years Active: 1980-2002

Neville Southall was one of the finest goalkeepers of the 1980s and 1990s who played most of his best matches for Everton.

In some of the mid 80s Saves Galore videos we’ve got, Big Nev makes up about 50% of the great saves made – notably in 1985, when he was voted the FWA Footballer of the Year for his prowess.

Safe Hands are sometimes Small Hands!

Possessing what could never be described as ‘dishplates’ for hands – Neville Southall wore tiny gloves – Southall made up for being slightly small (by modern standards) at 6ft1in with incredible athleticism and great desire.

Never one to shirk a tackle, this former hod carrier loved his football and played for as long as any professional club would have him. However, he is best remembered for Everton, a club he turned out for on over 700 occassions, including 548 league appearences.

The Everton Years

Southall helped everton to win the League Championship twice, and also picked up several other trophies during this great spell, including:

  • Football League Championship Winner 1985 & 1987
  • FA Cup Winner 1984 & 1985; Runner Up 1985 & 1989
  • League Cup Runner Up 1984
  • Football Writers’ Association Player of The Year 1985
  • European Cup-Winners Cup 1985

Southall, as with many keepers, did not enjoy losing one bit, and many will recall him during the 1990-91 season sulking at half time as Everton trailed to Leeds United by sitting in his goal, leaning on the post. He handed in several transfer requests during this season, and several others.

Let that not tarnish the memories of Southall at his brilliant best, though, as he performed masterfully for season after season.

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