Neville Neville, father of former footballers Gary and Phil Neville, dies in Australia aged 65

Former commercial director of Bury Football Club reportedly suffered a heart attack

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Neville Neville, the father of footballers Gary and Phil Neville, has died aged 65.

The former commercial director of Bury Football Club reportedly suffered a heart attack as he travelled to Australia. His daughter, retired netball player Tracey Neville, is in the country training the England Netball team for the World Cup.

Gary and Phil Neville reportedly travelled out to the country after their father was taken ill.

His death was confirmed in a statement by England Netball. “England Netball is saddened to announce that Neville Neville, father of head coach Tracey, passed away at hospital earlier this evening in Sydney," the statement said.

“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.

“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. We ask that she is allowed to concentrate on her role with the team.”

Bury FC paid tribute to "big Nev". "It is with deep regret and extremely heavy hearts that we announce the sudden death of former commercial manager, director and club ambassador, Neville Neville," a spokesman said.

"Neville, along with wife and club secretary Jill, were in Australia to support daughter Tracey, the current England Netball team manager, in their quest for World Cup Glory.

"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?'"