Neville names Ginola as the player he feared the most during ’99 Treble run-in

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville has revealed David Ginola gave him cold sweats during the Red Devils’ Treble-winning run-in in 1999.The 45-year-old has admitted that going into the last game of the Premier League campaign, the Tottenham star was all he had on his mind.3 Gary Neville has revealed he was nervous about facing David Ginola in 1999Credit: PA:Press AssociationUnited went into the 38th game of the term at home against Spurs knowing a win would ensure them the title with Arsenal a point behind.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsDespite the club having the FA Cup final against Newcastle and Champions League final against Bayern Munich on the horizon, the task of facing Ginola weighed heavy on Neville.Ginola terrorised defences during the 1999 season, with the Frenchman – who was named as the PFA Player of the Year – getting Neville sent off earlier that campaign.Watching the 2-1 win back on Sky Sports, Neville recalled: “I have to say earlier on in the season I was sent off at White Hart Lane against Ginola.”This was the game I was most nervous about out of the three.”I was fine in the FA Cup final and fine in the European Cup final but this game made me nervous because he gave me a tough time earlier on in the season and I thought, ‘If we win the league there’s a pretty good chance he’ll have a massive impact on the game.'”Thankfully for Neville, Ginola went off injured in the first half, with David Beckham making sure the ex-Newcastle man didn’t have any success against his team-mate.3LATEST MAN UTD NEWSLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in training3The former England international added: “I remember saying to Becks before this game and you can see in the first few minutes, Becks was really aggressive, ‘You’re going to have to come back and make sure he just doesn’t get any encouragement’.”Ginola was typical of any forward player that if you gave him encouragement in that first ten-15 minutes, he can take the game away from you.”We were really aggressive. I didn’t mean to kick him, it was pretty innocuous but he had to go off shortly after this and it felt like a big moment in the game.”Nick Hancock apologises to Luke Chadwick after BBC’s cruel jokes over his looks as Man Utd kidlast_img read more

A quick call over to Gary at Mangia Mangia had us

first_imgA quick call over to Gary at Mangia Mangia had us set up for a nice lunch. We ate in shifts, but all were able to enjoy a fabulous lunch. Everyone was happy – a good chicken parm sub will do that for you!Our next adventure was over to the movie theaters in Revere where the movie of the day was chosen to be MEG! While our friends from North Adams stayed dry and enjoyed the movie, plans were set in motion for a basketball showdown at the Nazzaro Center. Thanks to Acting Director Laurie D’Elia, a former NEAD Board member and also a veteran of several trips to North Adams with the Dodgers, the baseball players from both teams packed away their gloves and put on their sneakers to play several games of basketball. Despite the rain throughout the weekend, the North End and North Adams baseball teams did their best to carry on the tradition of friendship and sportsmanship of the LaFesta Baseball Exchange.After their long trip to Boston, our good friends from North Adams were greeted by heavy rain and thunderstorms last weekend, August 11th and 12th.However, the rain was not going to stop North End Against Drugs (NEAD) from providing a fun weekend for their friends in our sister city. Our original plan was to have lunch at the Mirabella pool concession stand, but that was not possible with the heavy rain so we went to plan B – which was developed on the fly!*Advertisement* Councilor Edwards with John Romano, George Canales and the North End Dogers and Lafesta Allstars from North Adams. Councilor Lydia Edwards with George Canales of North Adams. LaFesta Baseball Exchange Turns to Basketball During Rain Before they finished playing, the players and coaches from North Adams were greeted by City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who was one of the major sponsors for NEAD’s Family Festival. Councilor Edwards presented a citation to George Canales and his family, commemorating the 100th game of the exchange, played on July 21st in North Adams, and also for their generosity and hospitality to the Youth of the North End over the last 28 years.Around 8 p.m., dinner arrived from Avellinos and approximately sixty participants of the LaFesta Exchange continued our tradition of having a great meal together. Players, coaches, NEAD board members, and trip organizers from both cities feasted on a nice dinner.MVPs from the North Adams Game on July 21st.After dinner, NEAD President John Romano presented each player and coach with a souvenir medal. Romano also presented a certificate to Mr. Canales and his family from Representative Michlewitz, who was unable to attend. Also, a special acknowledgment was given to Ralph Martignetti of the NEAA and his family for all of their hard work to ensure the youth of the North End have a great baseball program each year.Luckily, the rain had stopped and, after dinner, the group from out west got to enjoy the Feast of Madonna Della Cava before heading back to their hotel.Johnny “Mangia” Pagliuca, Joe Blazo and Mikey Fud at Breakfast at Mangia Mangia.Sunday morning brought more rain, so the finale to the trip was a hearty breakfast at Mangia Mangia. Owner Gary Forziati opened up the place on his day off so that we could send our friends back home with a full belly. Cooking breakfast was Joe Blazo, who actually played in the very first game of the Exchange 29 years ago. Also stopping by was Massimo DiMeo, who also played in the first game. A special guest appearance was made by John Pagliuca, who jumped into his rightful place behind the grill to help Joey bang out all of the food. Senator Boncore, who could not attend due to another commitment, sent along a citation in the mail to the Canales family.So despite the rain, the spirits of the group and the purpose of North End Against Drugs’ Family Fun Festival was not dampened, not even a little! “It’s All About Family” and what a family we have both in the North End and way out west in North Adams! 1 of 6last_img read more