Webb, Neil

Neil Webb

Neil Webb

Clubs played for: Reading, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Swindon Town, Grimsby Town, Aldershot (1980-1997).

Born: 1963

Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire

Position: Midfielder

Biography: Followed his father's footsteps and started at home town club Reading. Bobby Campbell paid £83,000 and had to fight off stiff competition to bring the youngster to Fratton Park in June 1982. This was a large sum for the club at the time, particularly as Webb was still a teenager and relatively unproven. Three years later he had blossomed into a future international and it was no surprise when he was lured away to a 'bigger' club. Brian Cough parted with £250,000 and a move to Nottingham Forest was sealed. Webb went on to play for Manchester United and win 26 England caps before his career came to an end at Aldershot. A brief managerial career with Weymouth and Reading Town followed but this proved to be short lived. Sadly, he fell upon hard times and has since worked as a postman and for a transport company in Reading. His ex-wife Shelley Webb became a TV presenter, becoming a real footballers' wives interviewee, and then wrote the book called Footballers' Wives. Their two sons are both playing football, Luke joined Hereford United while Josh stayed closer to home with Basingstoke Town. Player of the season in 1985.

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Webb, Neil Me arl mate at Forest, I used to wind him up on a daily basis that I couldn’t believe he was in the England squad, because I thought there was loads of better midfield players around! This started because he used to go in early because he was on this fitness programme given to him by England, and because I was an apprentice at the time, and we also had to be in earlier than everyone else, he probably couldn’t wait for someone to talk to. He used to love the banter, even though I think he knew I was serious! Only messin Webbie, I hope you’ve had a great life mate
21-11-22 Tony Abrahams

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