Phillips, Stephen

Birth Date

4th August 1954





Biographical Text

Phillips began his career as an apprentice with Birmingham City, turning professional in August 1971.

His first-team debut, as a substitute against Carlisle United, at the age of 17 years 17 days, made him at the time the club's second-youngest debutant.

He played for the England youth team in 1973, scoring the winning goal against East Germany in the UEFA Youth Final.

However, he was to only make 20 league outings, scoring one goal for Birmingham, but did have a loan spell at Torquay United in 1974-75 where he played six league games without scoring.

Phillips joined Northampton Town in October 1975 for a fee of £5,000, where he netted nine goals from his 51 league appearances. His next stop was Brentford who he signed for in February 1977.

In his first full season at Brentford, Phillips finished as the Football League leading scorer with 32 goals. In total he scored 65 goals from 157 league appearances for Brentford, before they sold him to former club Northampton Town in August 1980 for a fee of £40,000.

He scored 29 goals from 75 league games in his second spell at the club, before signing for Southend United in March 1982.

Phillips was Southend's leading scorer in each of his first three full seasons, an achievement to which was added the club's Player of the Season award in 1984-85.

After playing 158 league matches and scoring 66 goals for Southend, Phillips rejoined Torquay United in January 1986 where added 11 goals in 32 league appearances.

Moving to Peterborough United, he remained with the London Road club until the summer of 1988, scoring 16 goals in 48 league outings.

He also had a loan spell with Exeter City, making his debut for the Grecians against at Colchester United in September 1987 and scoring his only goal for the club in a 3-1 defeat at Scarborough.

Phillips also played on loan with Chesterfield, where he featured in nine league matches, scoring two goals.

Leaving Peterborough on a free transfer, Phillips spent the 1988-89 season with Stamford.

In 1999 he opened a bar in Benalmadena in Spain, ‘Inchy’s Sports Pub,’ Inchy being his nickname as a player.



Appearances as Substitute






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