From Blues to whites: Everton skipper Neville wants to play club cricket when he retires from football
13:11 GMT, 14 March 2013
13:57 GMT, 14 March 2013
Retirement will be a whole new ball game for Everton captain Phil Neville, who says he wants to spend his post-football days playing club cricket.
Neville, 36, may have won 59 England caps, have six Premier League titles to his name and be leading out an established top-flight side but he is relishing the thought of swapping his blue shirt for his whites.
That may not be for a few years yet but the defender – who played alongside Andrew Flintoff in Lancashire's youth set-up and was a good enough cricketer to play for the county's second XI aged 15 – said when his football career is up he will join Bury-based local-league club Greenmount, for whom he played as a junior.
Is that a wide Phil Neville looks as if he is getting into the cricket a bit early during Everton's FA Cup defeat by Wigan
Different kind of whites: Neville played 59 times for England
WHO ARE GREENMOUNT CC
Greenmount Cricket Club, founded in 1867 (as far as records can establish) are based in Bury, Greater Manchester and play in the Bolton League.
In 2011 they won a treble of the Bolton League, the Lancashire Knock Out and the Hamer Cup.
They have had many famous overseas players including Australians Mark Taylor and Matthew Hayden and West Indian Franklyn Stephenson.
The much more English Neville Neville, father of Phil and Gary, also played for the club.
Neville told the Bolton News: 'One hundred per cent, I will play cricket again in a couple of years time if my career ends.
'That is the first thing I am going to do; I am going to get back doing something I love.
'People sometimes fear retirement but I am looking forward to it because I can go and do something I love.'
Neville was speaking as an ambassador
at the launch of ‘The Lancashire Way’ – an inclusive cricket initiative
launched by Lancashire CCC.
added: 'To get the chance at my stage in my life to get back involved
with Lancashire is great because I love going to Old
Trafford to watch.'
Team-mates: Neville played with a young Andrew Flintoff in Lancashire's youth set-up
Advice: Everton captain Phil Neville chats to England women's cricketer Lydia Greenway at Lancashire's Old Trafford ground