When Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup for England at Wembley in the 1966 final, his side contained two brothers, Jack and Bobby. Despite this being a rare occurrence to have two members of the same family to win World Cup medals it is not the only time that has been instances when the same family have produced professional footballers in England.
The Charlton brothers were not only successful for the national team but also excelled for their club teams. Elder brother Jack was a centre half during Leeds United’s most successful period in the early 1970s. As well as winning many trophies he also went on to manage the Republic of Ireland’s national team on 93 occasions. Younger brother Bobby is regarded as one of the greatest midfield players of all time. Having survived the Munich air disaster in 1956, he went on to play for Manchester United on 606 occasions scoring 199 goals. In his career he was part of the 1968 European Cup winning side, in which he scored two goals in the final, and he was only booked twice during his whole career.
Manchester United also produced a pair of brothers that played together during the early Premiership years, and they are the Neville brothers Gary and Phil. Having stared together in the clubs youth team in 1992 they played in the same side until Phil was transferred to Everton in 2005 Gary Neville played for Manchester United on 400 occasions and scoring 5 goals. This was during the clubs most successful period and his role as a defender was a major reason why the team won the European Champions League, The Premiership Title and the FA cup on many occasions. He was equally successful on the international stage winning 85 caps for England.
Younger brother Phil played for the same team on 263 occasions until a lack of a regular place in the starting line-up resulted in him signing for Everton FC. In his time at the Liverpool based club he played 242 times and during his career he won 59 caps for England. Two players who played together for West Ham United in the 1960s were Frank Lampard and Harry Redknapp and they were related as brother in law, as they had married the same set of sisters. Frank played for West Ham on 551 occasions and won 4 England caps. Harry played 149 times for “The Hammers” before playing for Bournemouth and numerous other clubs, before starting a highly successful managing career. During this time he has managed Tottenham, West Ham and QPR plus many others.
Both these players have produced sons that have enjoyed equally successful careers. Frank Lampard junior was one of the best attacking midfield players in the world during his career, in which he scored 193 goals from 647 club appearances. He won many titles with Chelsea and he also won 106 caps for England scoring a further 29 goals. There were occasions when he shared the same international pitch with his cousin Jamie Redknapp, the son of Harry. Jamie won 17 caps for his country and in his club career he scored 34 goals from 314 appearances. His most successful period was at Liverpool but he suffered more than most from injuries.
Another player who played for Liverpool with a famous father was Nigel Clough. His father Brian is one of the most famous football managers that English football has known. His record included winning the old First division title with two different East Midland Clubs, Derby County and Nottingham Forest, plus winning the European Cup twice in consecutive years while being in charge at Forest. Following such an illustrious father into the professional arena would never have been easy for Nigel. However, he made 630 club appearances and scored 131 goals for Nottinghan Forest, Liverpool and Manchester City.
He was also won 14 caps for England and on retiring from playing he has followed his father’s steps into management. He is currently the manager at Championship side Burton Albion where he has been in charge since 2015. There are many more family ties to be found within English football.