Phil Neville

Philip John Neville (born 21 January 1977) is an English former footballer, and currently is the head coach of the England women's team. He is also the co-owner of Salford City along with several of his former Manchester United teammates.

After 10 years as a professional with Manchester United, during which time he won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, three FA Charity Shields, the Intercontinental Cup and the Champions League, he joined Everton in 2005, where he spent the final eight years of his playing career. Neville also played for England 59 times between 1996 and 2007, representing the nation at three European Championships. He could play in defence or midfield; due to this versatility, he operated in a number of different positions throughout his career, but was most often used as a full-back.

After earning his UEFA B Coaching Licence, Neville began his coaching career in 2012, filling in for Stuart Pearce with the England under-21s. When David Moyes, Neville's manager at Everton, left to join Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement in May 2013, Neville was considered for the Everton job, but he ultimately followed Moyes to Manchester United as the club's first-team coach. Neville retained his position under caretaker manager Ryan Giggs after Moyes was sacked in April 2014, but left the club when Louis van Gaal took over as permanent manager in July 2014.

On 23 January 2018, Neville was appointed head coach of the England women's team.[4]

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Neville playing for Everton in 2011
Personal information
Full name Philip John Neville[1]
Date of birth 21 January 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth Bury, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2][3]
Playing position Full-back
Midfielder
Club information
Current team
England Women (head coach)
Youth career
1990–1994 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2005 Manchester United 263 (5)
2005–2013 Everton 242 (4)
Total 505 (9)
National team
1992–1993 England U16 10 (0)
1993–1995 England U18 6 (0)
1995–1996 England U21 7 (0)
2007 England B 1 (0)
1996–2007 England 59 (0)
Teams managed
2015 Salford City (caretaker)
2015–2016 Valencia (assistant)
2018– England Women
2019– Team GB Women
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Manchester United

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Neville in action at Old Trafford in March 2004

Born in Bury, Greater Manchester, Neville, along with brother Gary, was one of "Fergie's Fledglings".[5] Phil attended Elton High School where he captained his school football team for five years.[6] He started training with the Manchester United Academy along with his brother, then later joined as a trainee, making his first-team debut in the 1994–95 season but did not get many first-team opportunities until the following season.

Whilst at Manchester United, he was booked many times, such as in the 2002–03 season when he got far more cards than any other United player in history, despite only starting 5 competitive games.[7] In September 2003, Neville received a warning from the FA regarding his future conduct for his behaviour after Manchester United's game against Arsenal.[8]

While at Old Trafford, Neville helped United win six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League. He was not established as the club's first-choice left-back until the early 2000s due to the consistency of the much older Denis Irwin.

Everton

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Neville warming up for Everton

On 4 August 2005, Neville joined Everton on a five-year contract for a fee in excess of £3 million.[9] He made his debut in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Villarreal, coming face-to-face with his former Manchester United colleague Diego Forlán.[10] The following weekend, Neville made his Premier League debut for the Toffees, against Manchester United; The match marked the first time Phil and brother Gary had played for opposing teams.[11]

Neville's attitude, work-rate and willingness to play anywhere saw him become one of manager David Moyes' favourites. On 8 August 2006, Neville was announced as vice-captain to David Weir, and – on Weir's departure to Rangers in January 2007 – he became the club captain.[12] In the Manchester United–Everton match on 29 November 2006, Phil and his brother Gary became the first siblings to captain their respective clubs against each other in the Premier League.[13]

Neville commented in the press about the first ever red cards of his long career (he never received any playing for Manchester United), claiming that he would perhaps not have been booked in a game against Fulham if he had been playing for United. However, he finished with more cards than any other Premier League player in 2005–06 (including another red soon after his first).[14] Neville scored his first goal for Everton in a 3–0 Premier League victory against Newcastle United on 30 December 2006.[15]

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Neville playing for Everton against Fiorentina in the UEFA Cup in 2008

On 30 March 2008, Neville was assaulted by a Liverpool fan as he took a throw-in during the 1–0 Merseyside derby Premier League defeat at Anfield.[16] On 24 April, the fan, 48-year-old Michael Blackmore, was later banned from all matches in England and Wales for three years after admitting common assault, he was also banned from Anfield for life by Liverpool Football Club officials.[17]

On 19 April 2009, Neville scored his penalty to help knock out his former club, Manchester United, in a penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, he sent the keeper the wrong way, putting it low to the keeper's right.[18] On 19 February 2011, Neville scored the winning penalty in the penalty shoot-out against Chelsea to knock them out of the FA Cup, after a 1–1 draw at Stamford Bridge.[19] On 9 April 2011, Neville scored against Wolves, his 12th senior goal and his first in three years.[20] On 21 September, Neville scored in the League Cup game against West Bromwich Albion, this time a clinical effort, which was the deciding goal in the game.[21] The goal was judged to be the Everton's goal of the season at the club's end of season awards.[22]

On 9 April 2013, he announced that he would leave Everton at the end of the season when his contract ends.[23] He subsequently announced his retirement from professional football.[24]

International career

Neville was regularly picked for England squads, making his debut against China on 23 May 1996. He played alongside his brother Gary in this match; they had 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 1876, 120 years earlier.[25]

He was only briefly a regular first-choice player for the side, as a left-back in 2000 under Kevin Keegan's management. He later struggled to make the squad with players such as Wayne Bridge being preferred as back-up to Ashley Cole. He, nonetheless, once briefly captained the side in a friendly match (a game in which England fielded four different captains).[26] Despite having been in the England squad at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Championships, and having 59 England caps (23 as a substitute), Neville was never in an England World Cup squad.[27]

Neville's England career included the honour of being the youngest member of Terry Venables' squad for Euro 96, though he never kicked a ball (his brother played in every match until the semi-finals). He was one of the players omitted at the last minute by Glenn Hoddle when he was selecting his final 22 for the 1998 World Cup, Hoddle's decision left Neville in tears, though media attention was almost entirely devoted to the exclusion of another player, Paul Gascoigne.[28] Neville revealed in an interview that Gascoigne, not usually noted for his maturity, took the younger Neville brother under his wing and consoled him.[29]

Keegan played Neville at left-back in Euro 2000; Neville received criticism and a large proportion of blame for England's exit, when he committed a late foul on Viorel Moldovan, leading to a penalty for Romania, which Ionel Ganea scored to win the match.[30]

Neither of the Nevilles went to the 2002 World Cup – Phil was left out, while Gary was injured.[28][31] Both were back in the squad for Euro 2004.[32] The brothers played together for England for the first time in seven years in a friendly against Spain on 7 February 2007, which England lost 1–0.[33] They hold the record number of England appearances by a pair of brothers (142) and the most starts in the same England team by two brothers (31).[34]

Phil was not included in Sven-Göran Eriksson's squad for the 2006 World Cup as Eriksson wanted to give young players a chance.[35] However, he was drafted into Eriksson's stand-by group of players after Nigel Reo-Coker withdrew through injury.[36] Neville remained in the England squad with new England manager Steve McClaren and started at right-back in September 2006 against Andorra.[37] He was not called up after 2007.

Management career

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Neville serving as assistant coach of Valencia CF in 2015

Neville holds a UEFA Pro Licence.[38] In February 2012, it was reported that Neville would help England's Under-21s coaching staff in the absence of Stuart Pearce in the Under-21 European Championship qualifier against Belgium. The Everton captain received a special dispensation to help Brian Eastwick prepare the side for the game at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough as Pearce would be in charge of the senior team in the friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley.[39][40] England defeated Belgium 4–0. Continuing his work with the England under-21 side, in March 2013 it was announced that Neville would join the coaching staff of the England under-21s for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[41]

Neville had suggested he would like to enter into management when his playing career came to an end. He had previously sought advice from José Mourinho.[42]

In February 2013, it was reported that Neville was being considered for the England U20 managerial position for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[43] In May 2013, Neville was interviewed by Bill Kenwright for the vacant manager's role at Everton, but the job went to Roberto Martínez.[44] On 4 July 2013, Neville became first-team coach of Manchester United, where he would be reunited with manager David Moyes. It was announced on the same day Moyes named Ryan Giggs as player/coach.[45]

In 2014, it was announced that Neville, along with fellow Manchester United players Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Nicky Butt had agreed a deal to purchase Salford City ahead of the 2014–15 season.[46][47] with plans to get the club to the Football League.[48] The group announced they would take part in a special friendly, with Salford facing a Class of '92 team.[49][50][51] On 22 September, the group agreed to sell a 50% stake in the club to billionaire Peter Lim.[52][53] Neville and Scholes briefly took charge of Salford City in a 2–1 home win over Kendal Town, following the sacking of Phil Power.[54]

Neville joined La Liga side Valencia, also owned by Lim, as a coach under manager Nuno Espírito Santo in July 2015.[55] On 30 November, after the resignation of Nuno, Neville was named as assistant to interim coach Voro,[56] before his brother took the managerial position two days later.[57]

England women’s national team

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Phil Neville as England manager in a post match interview following a friendly against New Zealand in 2019.

On 23 January 2018, Neville was appointed head coach of the England women's national team, signing a contract that would run to the end of the UEFA Women's Euro 2021.[4][58] The first tournament he led them in was the 2019 SheBelieves Cup featuring Brazil, Japan, and hosts United States. In the first game, they beat Brazil 2–1 and then drew 2–2 with the United States. They won the tournament, defeating Japan 3–0 in the final game.[59]

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

England qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France on 31 August 2018, with a 3–0 win over Wales.[60]

Neville's England side finished first in Group D, with wins against Scotland, Argentina and Japan.[61] After back-to-back 3–0 wins against Cameroon and Norway, England reached their second consecutive Women's World Cup semi-final and also secured Team GB one of the three qualifying places allocated to UEFA for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[62][63] On 2 July 2019, England lost 2–1 to the United States in the semi-finals.[64] Four days later, following a 2–1 defeat to Sweden in the third place play-off, England ended the World Cup in fourth place.[65]

2020 Summer Olympics

On 30 June 2019, Neville was appointed manager of Team GB Women for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[66]

Media career

He regularly appears as a pundit on football radio commentaries,[67] and has appeared as pundit on the BBC's Match of the Day programme. In November 2010, he became a top-trending Twitter term after a strong performance against Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale led to a tongue-in-cheek "Chuck Norris"-style internet phenomenon.[68][69][70]

Neville was employed by BBC One as a commentator and pundit during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. His commentary of the England–Italy match on 14 June attracted 445 complaints for his "lack of emotion and 'monotone style'".[71] He reflected on this in an online article by stating "I played it back the next day and it did not sound like it was me commentating. I was trying to be somebody I wasn't, and I knew I could do better than that".[72]

The BBC received further complaints for Neville's comments in January 2015, after Arsenal's Tomáš Rosický played a pass while looking in another direction; Neville said that if he were playing against a player doing that in training, he would deliberately injure that player. He admitted making an unacceptable comment, while the BBC stated that the tone of discussion was light-hearted enough to suggest Neville was not endorsing violence.[73]

After departing from Valencia in 2016 he joined Sky Sports as a pundit for their coverage of the Premier League along with his brother Gary, who rejoined.[74]

Personal life

Neville attended Elton High School with his siblings. While in school, he captained his school football team throughout the whole five years he was there. Neville was also a talented cricketer in his youth, and a contemporary of England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff in Lancashire's Under-19 side, captaining England Under-15s.[75][76] Neville holds the record for being the youngest player to play for Lancashire's second XI at age 15.[77]

Neville is the younger brother of fellow former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, and the twin brother of former international and current England netball head coach Tracey Neville. His father, Neville Neville, was commercial director of Bury.[78] His mother Jill used to play netball in the local leagues, and is General Manager and Club Secretary for English Football League club Bury.[79]

Neville is married to Julie (née Killilea); the couple have a son, Harvey, and a daughter, Isabella. Isabella has cerebral palsy,[80] which has led to Neville becoming an ambassador of Bliss, the special care baby charity, and a patron of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital's New Children's Hospital Appeal.[81] His son, Harvey, is a currently a youth player at Manchester United. [82]

He made the property headlines in April 2008, when he struggled to sell his £4 million mansion in Lancashire.[83] In May 2009, he accepted a £2.6 million cash offer for the house from local businessman Matthew Greensmith.[84]

Neville became vegetarian in 2014, after a challenge from his wife to try the diet for two weeks. He said in a PETA video that "I started to feel healthier, leaner. I started to feel great."[85]

Career statistics

As of end of 2012–13 season[86][87]

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 1994–95 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1995–96[88] 24 0 7 0 2 0 1[b] 0 34 0
1996–97[89] 18 0 0 0 1 0 4[c] 0 1 0 24 0
1997–98[90] 30 1 3 0 1 0 7[c] 0 1 0 42 1
1998–99[91] 28 0 7 0 2 0 6[c] 1 1 0 44 1
1999–00[92] 29 0 0 0 9[c] 0 5 0 43 0
2000–01[93] 29 1 1 0 2 0 6[c] 0 0 0 38 1
2001–02[94] 28 2 2 0 1 0 7[c] 0 0 0 38 2
2002–03[95] 25 1 2 1 4 0 12[c] 0 43 2
2003–04[96] 31 0 3 0 1 0 7[c] 1 1 0 43 1
2004–05[97] 19 0 5 0 3 0 6[c] 0 1 0 34 0
Total 263 5 31 1 17 0 65 2 10 0 386 8
Everton 2005–06[98] 34 0 4 0 1 0 4[d] 0 43 0
2006–07[99] 35 1 1 0 2 0 38 1
2007–08[100] 37 2 0 0 5 0 8[b] 0 50 2
2008–09[101] 37 0 7 0 1 0 2[b] 0 47 0
2009–10[102] 23 0 2 0 0 0 4[e] 0 29 0
2010–11[103] 31 1 3 0 1 0 35 1
2011–12[104] 27 0 6 0 3 1 36 1
2012–13[105] 18 0 5 0 2 0 25 0
Total 242 4 28 0 15 1 18 0 303 5
Career total 505 9 59 1 32 1 83 2 10 0 689 13
  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Two appearances in the UEFA Champions League, two appearances in the UEFA Cup
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International

England national team
Year Apps Goals
1996 1 0
1997 7 0
1998 5 0
1999 9 0
2000 8 0
2001 4 0
2002 3 0
2003 7 0
2004 6 0
2005 2 0
2006 2 0
2007 5 0
Total 59 0

[106]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 6 July 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
England Women 17 January 2018 Present 24 15 4 5 062.5
Total 24 15 4 5 062.5

Honours

Player

Manchester United

Individual

Manager

England Women

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1977 in association football

The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 1977 throughout the world.

2000 FA Charity Shield

The 2000 FA Charity Shield (also known as The One 2 One FA Charity Shield for sponsorship reasons) was the 78th FA Charity Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. The match was played between Manchester United, who won the 1999–2000 Premier League, and Chelsea, who won the 1999–2000 FA Cup, and resulted in a 2–0 Chelsea win. The goals were scored by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mario Melchiot. Roy Keane was sent off for a challenge on Gustavo Poyet and was the last person to be sent off at the old Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea club record signing Hasselbaink was on the scoresheet on his Chelsea debut, scoring after a flick-on from Poyet which deflected in off Jaap Stam. Melchiot got the second in the 73rd minute, hitting a low, left-footed shot past Fabien Barthez. Also making their debuts for Chelsea were new signings Mario Stanić and Eiður Guðjohnsen. Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was Manchester United's only debutant in the game.

2003 FA Community Shield

The 2003 FA Community Shield (also known as The FA Community Shield in partnership with McDonald's for sponsorship reasons) was the 81st staging of the FA Community Shield, an annual football match contested by the reigning champions of the Premier League and the holders of the FA Cup. It was held at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 10 August 2003. The match pitted Manchester United, champions of the 2002–03 Premier League against Arsenal, who beat Southampton 1–0 in the 2003 FA Cup Final. Manchester United won the Shield 4–3 on penalties, as neither side could be separated after a 1–1 draw in 90 minutes.

This was Manchester United's 22nd Community Shield appearance and Arsenal's 17th. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson assessed before the match that his midfield was stronger than before, despite selling first-team players David Beckham and Juan Sebastián Verón. Arsène Wenger was optimistic of Arsenal's prospects in the upcoming season despite having only made minor changes to his squad, and Chelsea's emergence as a competitor following Roman Abramovich's takeover. Having been linked with a transfer away in the summer, Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira revealed before the game his intention to stay at the club.

Goalkeepers Tim Howard and Jens Lehmann made their competitive debuts for their respective clubs in the match. Ole Gunnar Solskjær started in midfield for Manchester United and Paul Scholes played behind the main striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy. For Arsenal, Kolo Touré partnered Sol Campbell in central defence as Martin Keown was absent. Mikaël Silvestre gave Manchester United the lead in the 15th minute from a corner, but Thierry Henry equalised for Arsenal five minutes later from a free-kick. In the second half, substitute Francis Jeffers was sent off for kicking out at Phil Neville. Neither team was able to score in the remaining time, so the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out. Howard saved the decisive spot-kick taken by Robert Pires.

Both managers were pleased with their teams' performances, in particular Ferguson, who felt his players coped well in the heat. The 2003 Community Shield brought its lowest crowd since 1995; Wenger reasoned there was "less and less appetite" for the event.

2005–06 Everton F.C. season

During the 2005–06 English football season, Everton competed in the Premier League.

Battle of Old Trafford

The "Battle of Old Trafford" was a Premier League match played on Sunday, 21 September 2003 between Manchester United and Arsenal. The name was later applied to the same fixture during the following season. The final result, a 0–0 draw, turned out to be significant for Arsenal as they went on to finish the league season without a single defeat, something that had only been achieved once before in English football, by Preston North End in 1888–89.The highlights of the match included the sending-off of Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira for a second bookable offence, for an incident that also brought about a booking for Manchester United centre-forward Ruud van Nistelrooy, and the decision by referee Steve Bennett to award Manchester United a penalty kick in the last minute of the match. Players from both teams were charged by the Football Association (FA) for their reactions at the end of the game, five Arsenal players and two Manchester United players were forced to pay fines.

Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College

Blessed Trinity RC College is a mixed 11 to 16 voluntary aided Roman Catholic faith school in Burnley, Lancashire, England.

Crawshawbooth

Crawshawbooth is a small village on the edge of the Pennine hills in England just north of the market town of Rawtenstall, Lancashire, and just south of Loveclough. It is part of the valley of Rossendale, an ancient royal hunting ground. The majority of surrounding land is farm and moor land and many walkers come to the area.

It is part of the Rossendale and Darwen constituency, with Jake Berry having been the Member of Parliament since 2010.

Dorin Park School

Dorin Park Special School is a school for children with a statement for complex special needs. Aged between 2 and 19 years of age, based in Upton by Chester, Cheshire. The school was opened in 1977. In September 2008, building work culminated on a new Community Resource Centre, which was later officially opened in 2010 by Everton FC captain Phil Neville. In 2014 the EYFS department was completely refurbished to enable the school to host two EYFS groups.

England women's national football team

The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions; in 1995, 2007, and 2011, finishing third in 2015 and fourth in 2019. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009.

Fergie's Fledglings

Fergie's Fledglings were a group of football players recruited by Manchester United under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson (often nicknamed "Fergie") and trained by assistant coaches Brian Kidd and Eric Harrison, before eventually progressing to the first team during the 1990s.

The alliteration in the term is a clear homage to the Busby Babes, the famously youthful Manchester United team assembled by the club's former manager Sir Matt Busby and his assistant coach Jimmy Murphy during the 1950s.

Gary Neville

Gary Alexander Neville (born 18 February 1975) is an English football coach, retired football player and co-owner of Salford City. Since retiring from football in 2011, Neville went into punditry and was a commentator for Sky Sports until he took over the head coach position at Valencia in 2015. After being sacked by the club in 2016, he returned to his position as a pundit for Sky Sports later that year. He was also assistant manager for the England national team from 2012 to 2016.Neville spent his entire playing career at Old Trafford, making him a one-club man. At the time of his retirement in 2011, he was Manchester United's second longest serving player in the squad, behind long-time teammate Ryan Giggs, and had served as club captain for five years. He is one of the most decorated English and European footballers of all time, having won a total of 20 trophies, including eight Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.Neville made his international debut in 1995 and was first-choice right-back for England for more than ten years, representing the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups. He is England's most-capped right-back with 85 caps.

Neville is the older brother of twin siblings. His brother, Phil Neville, a former Manchester United and Everton player, and sister, Tracey Neville, a retired netball international.

Hotel Football

Hotel Football is an upscale football-themed hotel overlooking Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United F.C.. Owned by former players Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Gary Neville as well as the GG Hospitality Management Company; the hotel was built at a cost of £24m and features 133 rooms, a restaurant called Cafe Football and a five-a-side football pitch on the roof. Opened in 2015, the hotel is the first in a planned chain of football-themed hotels to be located near football grounds around the world.

Neville Neville

Neville Neville (26 September 1949 – 7 August 2015) was a British league cricketer, football agent and director. His sons are the former professional association football players Gary Neville and Phil Neville and his daughter is the netball player and coach Tracey Neville.

Nicky Butt

Nicholas Butt (born 21 January 1975) is an English football coach and former player who is the head of coaching at the Manchester United youth academy. He is also a co-owner of Salford City.

He played professional football as a midfielder from 1992 to 2011. He began his career with Manchester United and spent 12 years in their first-team, winning six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, four FA Community Shields, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, before moving to Newcastle United in 2004. He spent one season on loan to Birmingham City in 2005–06. He finished his career abroad, playing for South China where he won the Hong Kong League Cup.

Butt earned 39 caps for England between 1997 and 2004. He was chosen for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004.

Rachel Daly

Rachel Ann Daly (born 6 December 1991) is an English footballer who plays for the Houston Dash in the NWSL and the England national team.

Salford City F.C.

Salford City Football Club is a professional football club in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system, after winning promotion out of the National League in the 2018–19 season. Nicknamed the "Ammies", they have played home fixtures at Moor Lane since 1978.

The club was founded as Salford Central in 1940 and played minor local league football until winning a place in the Manchester League in 1963. They won the Lancashire Amateur Cup in 1973, 1975 and 1977 and the Manchester Premier Cup in 1978 and 1979. They joined the Cheshire County League in 1980, which amalgamated into the North West Counties League two years later. They secured promotion into the Northern Premier League at the end of the 2007–08 season.

In 2014, Salford were taken over by former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, who each own 10% of the club, with businessman Peter Lim owning the rest; David Beckham purchased a 10% share from Peter Lim in January 2019. They were crowned Northern Premier League Division One North champions in 2014–15, before winning the Premier Division play-offs in 2016. Salford won the National League North title in the 2017–18 campaign and then secured a place in the English Football League after winning the 2019 National League play-off final under the stewardship of Graham Alexander.

The Class of '92

The Class of '92 is a 2013 British documentary film, released on 1 December 2013. The film centres on the rise of six young Manchester United footballers – David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes – and details their careers for Manchester United starting in 1992.

Tracey Neville

Tracey Anne Neville (born 21 January 1977) is a retired English netball player and head coach of the England national netball team. Neville was the England team coach for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, leading England to Gold against the hosts Australia, winning 52-51 at the Gold Coast.

UEFA Euro 2000 Group A

Group A of UEFA Euro 2000 began on 12 June and ended on 20 June 2000. Portugal won the group ahead of Romania, while England and Germany were surprisingly eliminated.

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