Coleman, Phil

Birth Date

8th September 1960


Woolwich, London



Biographical Text

Phil Coleman played for Exeter City during 1984/85. He joined the club from Chelmsford City and later played for Aldershot. In a 200-game Football League career he had two spells with both Millwall and Colchester.

Originally an apprentice with Millwall, earning a full contract in August 1978, Phil enjoyed 36 league outings for the club before signing for Colchester United in February 1981 where he had the best spell of his career playing 86 league matches and scoring six times along the way. Having also had a loan spell with with Wrexham, he then moved to Chelmsford City from where he joined Exeter City in December 1984

Phil's Grecians' debut, in what was to be a short stay, was in the 4-3 home win on Boxing Day over Torquay United. Despite playing in six consecutive matches he was on the move again to Aldershot in February 1985.

He remained with the Shots until the summer of 1986 when he linked up with Dulwich Hamlet. Subsequently, in September 1986, Phil rejoined Millwall and featured in ten league matches before, after playing in Finland, making a return to Colchester United in February 1988 where he made a final ten league appearances. After 14 years as a professional footballer, he completed a degree in sport and education at Middlesex University ahead of becoming a PE teacher in Essex and a Liberal Democrat councillor in Colchester.


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