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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Tributes paid to Gary and Philip Neville's father who passes away aged 65

File photo dated 29/01/11 of Gary Neville in the stands with his father Neville Neville. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 7, 2015. Neville Neville, the father for former footballers Gary and Phil and England netball coach Tracey, has died in Australia, England Netball has announced
File photo dated 29/01/11 of Gary Neville in the stands with his father Neville Neville. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 7, 2015. Neville Neville, the father for former footballers Gary and Phil and England netball coach Tracey, has died in Australia, England Netball has announced

Neville Neville, the father of former footballers Gary and Phil and England netball coach Tracey, has died in Australia, England Netball has announced.

A statement released on Friday morning by Bury Football Club had said that Neville, their former commercial director, had been taken "very seriously ill" while holidaying in Australia with family.

And a subsequent statement from England Netball revealed that he had passed away at a hospital in Sydney. He was 65.

Reports suggest Neville died after suffering a heart attack.

A further statement from Bury on Friday, expressing "deep regret" at the news of Neville's death, clarified that he had been in Australia with his wife Jill to support Tracey, whose England side have travelled to Sydney for the 2015 netball World Cup which gets under way there on Friday.

Bury's updated statement said: "Neville was taken seriously ill on Tuesday and unfortunately did not recover, passing away earlier today.

"Our deepest condolences are extended to Jill, Gary, Philip and Tracey and the entire Neville family.

"Bury FC will pay tribute to Neville in due course and we ask everyone to allow the Neville family the time to grieve privately at this exceptionally sad time.

"We would like to end this statement by simply saying - 'Where would this club be without Neville?"

"Rest in Peace big Nev."

England Netball's statement said: "England Netball is saddened to announce that Neville Neville, father of head coach Tracey, passed away at hospital in Sydney.

"Our immediate thoughts are with Tracey and the Neville family and we please ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time."

It added: "Tracey has chosen to remain with the England team for the remainder of the World Cup and has the full support from everyone at England Netball."

Manchester United said via Twitter: "We are sad to learn that Neville Neville, father of Gary and Phil, has passed away. Our condolences go out to his family."

The Football Association also posted a message on Twitter, saying: "Our condolences go out to @GNev2, @fizzer18 and rest of the Neville family following the passing of their father, Neville".

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