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Phil Neal

Liverpool FC

50 appearances, 5 goals, 1 own goal, 2 penalties

P 50 W 28 D 11 L 11 F 88: A 43
*(actual F x: A x)
67% successful

1976-83

disciplined: none
captaincies:
one
minutes played:
4226

Profile

Full name Philip John Neal (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Born 20 February 1951 in Irchester, Northamptonshire [registered as Philip G. in Wellingborough, March 1951].
Height/Weight 5' 11", 12st. 2lbs [1980].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Ancestry.com

Biographies *Attack From The Back - Phil Neal (Arthur Barker, London, 30 April 1981)
#Life At The Kop - Phil Neal (Macdonald, London 25 September 1986)
 

*Northampton Town and Liverpool are featured in the first half of his career.
#On his move to Bolton Wanderers, Neal looks back at his full Liverpool and England career. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Started his career with local side Irchester FC before joining Wellingborough Town FC and then Northampton Town FC as an apprentice in July 1967, turning professional in December 1968. After 187 league appearances, and 28 goals, Liverpool FC signed Neal for £66,000 on 9 October 1974 where he remained, becoming one of the clubs leading right-backs during their most successful periods. He made 455 league appearances, and scored 41 goals. He joined Bolton Wanderers FC as player-manager in December 1985, making 64 league appearances, scoring three times, before retiring in 1989.
Club honours UEFA Cup winners 1975-76; Football League Champions 1976-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84; FA Charity Shield winners 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982; FA Cup runners-up 1976-77, winners 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84; European Champions Cup winners 1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1983-84, runners-up 1984-85; UEFA Super Cup winners 1977
Individual honours None
Distinctions Between 1975 and 1983, Neal featured in 365 consecutive league matches for Liverpool FC.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) After retiring from playing, Neal remained with Bolton Wanderers FC until 8 May 1992. He then became Graham Taylor's assistant with England, until both resigned in November 1993. On 23 October 1993, Neal was appointed manager of Coventry City FC. He was sacked on 14 February 1995. After a year away from the game, he was appointed manager at Cardiff City FC in February 1996, but left who became the Steve Coppell's assistant at Manchester City FC in October. However, by 8 November, Coppell had resigned and Neal took over as caretaker manager until 29 December 1996. He next became Barry Fry's assistant at Peterborough United in 1997, until his sacking on 15 March 1998.
Club honours Football League Trophy runners-up 1985-86, winners 1988-89; Football League Division Four Third Place 1987-88; Football League Division Three Play-off semi-finalists 1989-90, runners-up 1990-91

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 910th players (911) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right/left-back
First match No. 497, 24 March 1976, Wales 1 England 2, a Welsh F.A. centenary celebration match at The Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 25 years 35 days.
Last match No. 582, 21 September 1983, England 0 Denmark 1, a European Championship qualification match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 32 years 213 days.
Major tournaments European Championship Finals 1980; World Cup Finals 1982; British Championships 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83;
Team honours British Championships winners 1977-78, 1978-79, 1981-82, 1982-83;
Individual honours x
Distinctions x

Beyond England

Recognised as extraordinarily consistent and injury-free. SInce his retirement from domestic coaching, Neal has coached the Liverpool FC Masters' side, as well as punditary work - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.184.

 

Phil Neal - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Pens Capt. Disc.
- 50 33 49 1 5 4226 5 845 min 4 2 one none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Phil Neal - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 21 14 2 5 40 12 +28 5 11 1.905 0.571 71.4 +9
Away 25 11 8 6 40 27 +13 4 10 1.60 1.08 60.0 +5
Neutral 4 3 1 0 8 4 +4 0 1 2.00 1.00 87.5 +3
All 50 28 11 11 88 43 +45 9 22 1.76 0.86 67.0 +17

 

Phil Neal - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 40 25 7 8 74 34 +40 5 17 1.85 0.85 71.3 +17
Red 10 3 4 3 14 9 +5 4 5 1.40 0.90 50.0 =0
All 50 28 11 11 88 43 +45 9 22 1.76 0.86 67.0 +17

 

Phil Neal - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

6 4 0 2 10 6 +4 0 2 1.667 1.00 66.7 +2
WCF 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 0 1 2.00 0.50 100.0 +2
World Cup 8 6 0 2 14 7 +7 0 3 1.75 0.875 75.0 +4

ECP

12 8 3 1 34 8 +26 2 7 2.833 0.667 79.2 +7
ECF 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 0 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1
European Championship 14 8 4 2 35 10 +25 3 7 2.50 0.714 71.4 +6
British Championship 11 7 1 3 14 9 +5 2 6 1.273 0.818 68.2 +4
Minor Tournament 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1
Friendly 16 6 7 3 22 15 +7 4 6 1.375 0.938 59.4 +3
All 50 28 11 11 88 43 +45 9 22 1.76 0.86 67.0 +17

 

Phil Neal - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1976-78 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
WCP 1980-82 5 3 0 2 8 6 +2 0 1 1.60 1.20 60.0 +1
WCP All 6 4 0 2 10 6 +4 0 2 1.667 1.00 66.7 +2
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1982 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 0 1 2.00 0.50 100.0 +2
WCF All 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 0 1 2.00 0.50 100.0 +2
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1976-78 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
WC 1980-82 7 5 0 2 12 7 +5 0 2 1.14 1.00 71.4 +3
WC All 8 6 0 2 14 7 +7 0 3 1.75 0.875 75.0 +4
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1978-80 6 5 1 0 18 5 +13 0 3 3.00 0.833 91.7 +5
ECP 1982-84 6 3 2 1 16 3 +13 2 4 2.667 0.50 66.7 +2
ECP All 12 8 3 1 34 8 +26 2 7 2.833 0.667 79.2 +7
European Championship Final Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECF 1980 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 0 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1
ECF All 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 0 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1
European Championship
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 1978-80 8 5 2 1 19 7 +12 1 3 2.375 0.875 75.0 +4
EC 1982-84 6 3 2 1 16 3 +13 2 4 2.667 0.50 66.7 +2
EC All 14 8 4 2 35 10 +25 3 7 2.50 0.714 71.4 +6
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1976-77 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 1 0 0.50 1.50 0.00 -2
BC 1977-78 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 0 2 1.00 0.00 100.0 +2
BC 1978-79 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 0 1 2.50 0.50 100.0 +2
BC 1979-80 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3 0 0 1.00 4.00 0.00 -1
BC 1981-82 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1982-83 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 1 2 1.333 0.333 83.3 +2
BC All 11 7 1 3 14 9 +5 2 6 1.273 0.818 68.2 +4
Minor Competition/Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
US Bicentennial 1976 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1
TC All 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 8 6 0 2 14 7 +7 0 3 1.75 0.875 75.0 +4
EC 14 8 4 2 35 10 +25 3 7 2.50 0.714 71.4 +6
BC 11 7 1 3 14 9 +5 2 6 1.273 0.818 68.2 +4
TC 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 34 22 5 7 66 18 +38 5 16 1.941 0.529 72.1 +15

 

Phil Neal - Match History
 Club: Liverpool F.C. - 50 full caps

Coach: Don Revie - 7 full capsx

Age 25
1 497 24 March 1976 - Wales 1 England 2, Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Fr AW Start 3
- 501 23 May 1976 - Brazil 1 England 0, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles TC NL squad member
2 502 28 May 1976 - England 3 Italy 2, Yankee Stadium, New York City NW Start off ht 3
Age 26
- 509 28 May 1977 - Northern Ireland 1 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW squad member
3 510 31 May 1977 - England 0 Wales 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HL Start 2
4 511 4 June 1977 - England 1 Scotland 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HL Start 2
5 512 8 June 1977 - Brazil 0 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio tour AD Start 2
6 513 12 June 1977 - Argentina 1 England 1, Estadio Camilo Cichero, Buenos Aires AD Start 2
7 514 15 June 1977 - Uruguay 0 England 0, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo AD Start 2
 

Coach: Ron Greenwood - 32 full capsx

8 515 7 September 1977 - England 0 Switzerland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 2
9 517 16 November 1977 - England 2 Italy 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 2
Age 27
10 518 22 February 1978 - West Germany 2 England 1, Olympiastadion, München Fr AL Start 2
- 520 13 May 1978 - Wales 1 England 3, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW squad member 15
11 521 16 May 1978 - England 1 Northern Ireland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HW Start 45
12 522 20 May 1978 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AW Start
13 523 24 May 1978 - England 4 Hungary 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 2
14 524 20 September 1978 - Denmark 3 England 4, Idrætsparken, København ECP AW Start 2
15 525 25 October 1978 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1, Lansdowne Road, Dublin ECP AD Start 2
16 527 7 February 1979 - England 4 Northern Ireland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 2
Age 28
17 528 19 May 1979 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 2
- 529 23 May 1979 - England 0 Wales 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HD squad member
18 530 26 May 1979 - England 3 Scotland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HW Start 2
19 531 6 June 1979 - Bulgaria 0 England 3, Stadion Vasil Levski, Sredets, Sofija ECP AW Start 2
- 532 10 June 1979 - Sweden 0 England 0, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna Fr AD squad member
20 533 13 June 1979 - Austria 4 England 3, Praterstadion, Wien Fr AL Start 2
21 534 12 September 1979 - England 1 Denmark 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 2
22 535 17 October 1979 - Northern Ireland 1 England 5, Windsor Park, Belfast ECP AW Start 2
Age 29
23 538 26 March 1980 - Spain 0 England 2, Nou Estadi del FC Barcelona, Barcelona Fr AW Start off 82 2
24 539 13 May 1980 - England 3 Argentina 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start off 76 2
25 540 17 May 1980 - Wales 4 England 1, Racecourse Ground, Wrexham BC AL Start inj. off 20 2
- 541 20 May 1980 - England 1 Northern Ireland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HD injured squad member
- 542 24 May 1980 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow AW
26 544 12 June 1980 - Belgium 1 England 1, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino ECF ND Start 2
27 545 15 June 1980 - England 0 Italy 1, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino AL Start 2
- 546 18 June 1980 - Spain 1 England 2, Stadio San Paolo, Napoli NW squad member
28 548 15 October 1980 - Romania 2 England 1, Stadionul 23 August, Bucureşti WCP AL Start 2
29 549 19 November 1980 - England 2 Switzerland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 2
Age 30
30 550 25 March 1981 - England 1 Spain 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start 2
31 552 12 May 1981 - England 0 Brazil 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start 2
- 555 30 May 1981 - Switzerland 2 England 1, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel WCP AL squad member
32 556 6 June 1981 - Hungary 1 England 3, Népstadion, Budapest AW Start 2
33 557 9 September 1981 - Norway 2 England 1, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo WCP AL Start 2
34 558 18 November 1981 - England 1 Hungary 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 2
Age 31
35 560 27 April 1982 - Wales 0 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW Start 2
36 561 25 May 1982 - England 2 Netherlands 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 2
- 562 29 May 1982 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW squad member
37 563 2 June 1982 - Iceland 1 England 1, Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík Fr AD Captain 3
38 565 16 June 1982 - England 3 France 1, Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao WCF NW sub 90 14
- 566 20 June 1982 - England 2 Czechoslovakia 0, Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao NW squad member
39 567 25 June 1982 - England 1 Kuwait 0, Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao NW Start
- 568 29 June 1982 - West Germany 0 England 0, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid ND squad member
- 569 5 July 1982 - Spain 0 England 0, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid AD
 

Coach: Bobby Robson - 11 full capsx

40 570 22 September 1982 - Denmark 2 England 2, Idrætsparken, København ECP AD Start 2
41 572 17 November 1982 - Greece 0 England 3, Kaftanzoglio Stadio, Thessalonica ECP AW Start 2
42 573 15 December 1982 - England 9 Luxembourg 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 89 2
Age 32
43 574 23 February 1983 - England 2 Wales 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 78 2
44 575 30 March 1983 - England 0 Greece 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HD Start 2
45 576 27 April 1983 - England 2 Hungary 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 2
46 577 28 May 1983 - Northern Ireland 0 England 0, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start 2
47 578 1 June 1983 - England 2 Scotland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HW Start 2
- 579 12 June 1983 - Australia 0 England 0, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney tour AD squad member
48 580 15 June 1983 - Australia 0 England 1, Lang Park, Brisbane AW Start 2
49 581 19 June 1983 - Australia 1 England 1, Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne AD Start 27 off ht 2
50 582 21 September 1983 - England 0 Denmark 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HL Start 2

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