Phoenix, Eric (William)
Eric Phoenix made a handful of appearances for Exeter City in the mid-1950s. He joined the club from Gillingham and later played for Dover.
Described as a "hard, grafting sort of player" he started his career with Manchester City. However, National Service took him away and he signed for Southern League, Hastings United. He gained his Football League chance when Gillingham signed him in July 1954 and, in two seasons at the Priestfield Stadium, he scored two goals in 17 league outings.
Moving to Exeter City in June 1956, Eric Phoenix made his debut for the Grecians in a 1-0 defeat two months later at Norwich City. This was the first of four consecutive appearances although he was not recalled to the first team until January 1957 for the game at Plymouth Argyle which proved to be his last League appearance for the club.
Released on a free transfer at the end of the 1956-57 season, he returned to Southern League football and signed for Dover.
Eric died on 8 December 2000.