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Goalkeeper took daughter to court over trophies

PUBLISHED: 10:01 06 December 2007 | UPDATED: 19:19 21 September 2011

Former top class goalkeeper Neville Southall left his teenage daughter in tears after taking her to court to get back his trophies worth £55,000.

The former Everton and Wales star, who now plays as a forward in the Dover and District Sunday League, gave 19-year-old Samantha his FA Cup medal - won when his star performance thwarted Manchester United in 1995.

He also handed her other medals, international caps and his MBE when she was just 10 years old.

But Southall, 49, who played in an England Legends charity game last weekend never meant her to keep them, a court in Liverpool was told.

Samantha, whose father walked out on her and her mother a decade ago, sobbed as a judge at the city’s civil and family court told her to return the soccer memorabilia.

The devastated law student, who said she idolised her father, was also told she had to pay £6,000 costs.

Southall was not at the hearing, but his lawyer said: “He is pleased the matter’s been resolved.”

Southall played for a number of clubs but was most strongly tied to Everton.

He won almost 100 international caps for Wales but now plays as a forward for Bulls Fossils FC in the Dover and District Sunday League.

This week at his modest home in the village of Sholden near Deal, which is up for sale, a woman said that Southall was away and had no comment to make on the matter.

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