Born in 1975, Gary Neville is a former footballer who was capped for England on many occasions and was also Manchester United’s captain for five years. Gary was unusual in the fact that he spent the whole of his playing career at Old Trafford – being a one club man is something of a rarity in the game! When he retired in 2011 he became the club’s second longest serving player. Gary comes from a somewhat sporting family. He is the older brother of fellow team mate Phil Neville, his father was a professional cricketer and his sister Tracey also played netball for England. Furthermore, as a schoolboy Gary was also a talented cricketer and played for the Lancashire Under 14 team.
Gary joined Manchester United in 1991 when he left school. During his first season he captained the youth team to FA Youth Cup glory. He went on to make his debut for the senior team in 1992 in a match against Torpedo Moscow. In the 1994 / 95 season Gary became the first choice as right back – a position he played in until his retirement. He formed a partnership on the right wing with David Beckham. In 2005 Gary was appointed captain.
In 2011 Gary announced his retirement after nearly two decades with the club. His final professional appearance was on New Year’s Day in a match against West Bromich Albion. During his time at Old Trafford, Gary won three FA Cups, eight Premier League titles, a Champions League, two League Cups, a FIFA Club World Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.
Gary was also a prolific player for the national side. He made his debut for England in 1995 after being picked by Terry Venables. This was a friendly against Japan. The following year he represented England in a match against China alongside his brother Phil. Gary went on to play in Euro 96, the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. Unfortunately, injury meant that he had to miss the next World Cup, but he was back to fitness for Euro 2004. He was selected for the 2006 World Cup, but suffered an injury the night before the second game. This resulted in him missing the next three matches. He was, however, fit enough to play in the quarter final match against Portugal where England were sadly knocked out of the tournament. Gary also represented England in Euro 2008.
Gary now works as a coach for the England side. He was appointed by Roy Hodgson in May 2012. He has also worked in the media, writing a newspaper column for the Sunday Times of Malta, and appearing as a pundit on Sky television.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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