Phillips, Leighton

Birth Date

25th September 1949


Briton Ferry, Glamorgan



Biographical Text

Capped 58 times by Wales Leighton Phillips had extensive experience with Cardiff City, Aston Villa, Swansea City and Charlton Athletic when he joined Exeter City in 1983. Appearing ten times at the end of his professional career he soon moved on to become player-manager of Llanelli.

He began his career at Cardiff City, making his way through the youth and reserve sides, signing professional in April 1967, and making his league debut as a substitute against Rotherham United in January 1968, scoring with his very first touch. In these early stages of his career, Phillips was used in positions all over the pitch, including playing as a striker and midfielder, before settling in defence as a sweeper. He left the club in September 1974 after helping Cardiff win the Welsh Cup on three occasions to join Aston Villa for a fee of £100,000. Winning the Football League Cup in 1977, Phillips also went on to captain the side on his way to making 175 appearances for the club before becoming Swansea City’s then record signing when he joined for £70,000 in November 1978. After winning promotion to Division One in 1978-79, Phillips moved to Charlton Athletic in August 1981 for £25,000, where he made 97 league appearances.

He finished his league career with Exeter City signing in March 1983. He made his debut in a 3-2 defeat at Walsall in April 1983 and played in the last ten matches of the season. Phillips then joined Llanelli as player-manager and subsequently worked as an independent financial advisor.





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