One-Club Man Gary Neville

Gary Neville left school at the age of 16 when he joined Manchester United to playe for their highly successful youth team. Making his first appearance for Manchester United against Russian side Torpedo Moscow in 1992, Neville has always been loyal to the club he has supported since his childhood days.

Eventually replacing the injuried Paul Parker, Neville made his league debut for United two years later on 8 May 1994 in a 0�0 draw against Coventry City at Old Trafford. As a right full back, the Bury born skirmisher has made over 500 first class appearances for Manchester United during his 18 years at the club, winning eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and one European Cup. Neville has scored a total of seven goals in his 16 years as a Manchester United player the first coming against Middlesbrough on May 5, 1997. Gary Neville was made Manchester United captain following the departure of midfielder Roy Keane in December 2005 and he became the fifth Old Trafford skipper to lift the Premier League title 18 months later. The Manchester United cornerstone is one of a rare breed of player who has spent his entire footballing career at the same club. Not suprisingly, the vastly experienced defender is fifth on the most exclusive Manchester United all time appearances list.

Serving his country for many years, Neville has gained a total of 85 caps during a long career as an England international which started in 1995 when he was called up for a friendly against Japan. His younger brother Phil Neville also played for Manchester United and the two brothers were team mates at both club and international level until Phil decided to move on to Everton in 2005. Gary Neville also has a long standing relationship with the Mediterranean island of Malta. He has on several occasions in the past described Malta as his second home and he has been an official tourism ambassador for the island since 2001. He works with Air Malta to promote the country which he has visited on a regular basis since he was a child. In return for his services the Malta Tourism Authority and Air Malta sponsor the Gary Neville Soccer School on the island.

“Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager Manchester United have ever had. It is ridiculous for people to suggest he leaves. Who do they want to replace him? Ron Atkinson, Tommy Docherty?”

Gary Neville

AFL Ladder – An Important History

The Australian Football League abbreviated for AFL is a highly followed game with fans from across the globe. The history of the game can well be traced to 1896 when eight teams decided to part ways from the Victorian Football Association (VFA)so as to form the Victorian Football League (VFL). Dates prove that VFA came to picture as a formed body in 1877 however the organized Australian Football came only be played even before the first official game took place which was between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar in 1858.

Gradually sports fans increased and so did the popularity which lead to the expansion of VFL into Western Australian and Queensland which also stand historic to the inculcation of the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane bears. With this movement three teams were based outside the Victorian segment which is why the VFL was further renamed to being known as the Australian Football League (AFL) in the 1990.

It was one of the historic moves which also forced that the most successful South Australian team, Port Adelaide also joined the AFL. This was followed with the historical moment when in 1996 the 100th season of VFL/AFL football marked into the documented books, this lead to an entire season of celebrations for all teams and fans across Australia.

Another historic moment came in 1997 when Adelaide won the first premiership which was inspired by the inclusion of cross town rivals and again in 1998 they Adelaide won back-to-back matches.

It was in 2000 that the final system was given a newer look which on a whole brought more uncertainty and complexity where the team number remained at eight however AFL requested for match ups from week one not to be repeated in week three. Despite all the confusion the changed system still remains the most preferred system of AFL.

No matter what the changes the AFL remains the heart and soul of the Australian nation. It is one game which every Australian follows with dedication. No matter which the team many people prefer to watch it till the end.

Take a Kick at Football Betting

How often on a Saturday afternoon, after all the games have been played, has there been that little niggling voice which said “I thought that team would win” or “I expected it would be a draw” but that’s all they were, remarks to yourself.

If you are interested in the outcome of football games, then perhaps now is the time to think about actually placing a bet what you think may be the result. Unfortunately, that’s not really satisfactory. Although many of us are able to make educated guesses from time to time, in order to increase the odds in the favor of the punter, it’s worth using the services of a firm which provides, for a fee, “reliable” football tips.

There isn’t a footy tipster around who can guarantee to provide the right outcome to every game of football. What they can provide, however, are football predictions which take the results of previous games, and applies them to the next game and the teams which are playing.

There are many different firms which all offer their tipping services. Their prices vary considerably – and it isn’t necessarily the most expensive tipster which gets the best results. There are several routes to finding a football tipster. It is always best, if you are able, to ask friends or work colleagues whom you know like to place a wager, if they can recommend a tipster or tipping service which they have tried out.

The sporting newspapers always have tipsters giving opinions about the results they expect from various sports, and many of them have private betting services which the enthusiastic amateur punter can join. Prices vary from a few pounds each month to services which provide a considerable amount of research and cost around one hundred pounds every month.

It is essential to remember that no matter how expensive or good your chosen footy tipster is you are highly unlikely to become a millionaire after a few favorable results. If you are fortunate, at the end of the year, the wins and losses may have canceled each other out – but you have enjoyed the experience and it adds to the existing interest in the game of football.

Always start with a “betting bank” which is a pot of money from which you place your bets. This can be around one hundred pounds, as long as you only bet around five pounds each time. As the pot increases, hopefully on a fairly regular basis, the amount being placed on the result of a game can be increased. If there is a losing spell, reduce the amount of the bet until you return to the original position.

Whatever the amount of the bet, don’t ever spend more money that you can afford to lose. Don’t let the bet spoil the enjoyment of the game. Betting on the outcome should be something extra, but nothing which creates panic if you find that you’ve forgotten to place the bet. Have some fun with betting on the results of the football, but don’t let it become too important.