Neville Southall is one of the Premier League iconic figures. Sure, he maybe isn’t remembered like Arsenal and Manchester United legends David Seaman and Peter Schmeichel, however, it is often forgot he is a bloody good ‘keeper.
Even in his day, the Welshman was on the bulkier side of things but it never hampered his agility or ability in almost 600 appearances for the Toffees that spanned from 1981-1998 and saw the shot stopper pick up two FA Cups, two First Division league titles and even a European Cup Winners’ Cup.
I suppose it is expected, however, when ex-pros do retire very few are able to – or even try to – maintain their athletic bodies and regimes. We’ve seen John Barnes, the player who scored a goal against the Brazilians that the Brazilians would’ve been proud of, add a few pounds but he isn’t alone.
With that being said, I don’t think anyone has reached Neville Southall’s levels of ‘letting yourself go’ following retirement from the beautiful game.
— FootballFanCast.com (@FootballFanCast) April 11, 2015