One of the most successful English players of all time, Phil Neal enjoyed one of the most illustrious careers in English football ever. Spending eleven years with Liverpool Football Club, Phil Neal played an elemental role in winning numerous titles domestically and internationally. A consummate professional in front of any audience, Neal delivers an incredibly polished performance as a football speaker, mixing his a host of anecdotal tales with invaluable advice that he learnt in the cut-throat and ruthless environment of professional sport.
Beginning his playing career at Wellingborough Town, Phil moved to Northampton Town where he made 187 appearances for the Cobblers before going on to sign for Liverpool in 1974 for £66,000. Neal made his debut in the Merseyside derby in November 1974.
Neal’s time at Liverpool would bring a string of triumphs and glories, he went on to win eight First Divisiontitles, four League Cup trophies, five Charity Shields, four European Cups and two UEFA Cup trophies in just over a decade. During this amazing time of achievement and sheer dominance, Phil Neal incredibly never missed a League game, consecutively playing 365 matches in between 1975 and 1983. A leading example in peak performance and consistency, Neal is a compelling football speaker who often acts as a role model for anyone looking to realise their own ambitions and potential in life, a wonderful trait that makes Phil Neil a highly desirable and admired personality on the football speaker circuit.
Phil Neal was affectionately nicknamed Zico during his time at Liverpool Football Club, a nickname inspired by a reference to the legendary Brazilian play maker and a tremendous compliment to Neal, who was known for scoring important goals throughout the club’s history.
Joining Bolton Wanderers in 1985 as a player-manager after his decorated and illustrious time with Liverpool, Phil Neal retired from playing four years later, amassing an impressive 700 league appearances as well as 50 International caps for England.
Neal went on to manage Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City, Cardiff City and Peterborough United over the years, proving to be an inspirational leader that guided all his teams to commendable league positions. An undoubtable high in his managerial career came with Bolton Wanderers guiding the team to the Football League Trophy in 1999. More recently, Neal has also played for and coached the Liverpool Masters side which dominated the Sky Sports Masters series. With a wealth of experience in the world of professional football both on and off the pitch, Phil is incredibly knowledgeable and certain to be extremely well received as a football speaker.
In recent years, Neal has worked as a football pundit for various television and radio organisations, further enhancing his credentials and repertoire, all of which aids his performances as a football speaker. Having written two autobiographies, Attack From The Back in 1981 and Life at the Kop in 1986, Phil Neal is an incredibly well respected figure in football.
Phil Neal will go down as a great in the history of Liverpool Football Club, his illustrious and magnificent playing career coupled with the invaluable knowledge and experience he gained from his managerial exploits make Neal an incredibly well informed and rounded football speaker. With an abundance of knowledge and filled with a host of tales and anecdotes, Phil Neal is available to hire for any event as a football speaker.