Demar Phillips

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Demar Phillips
Personal information
Full name Demar Constantine Phillips[1]
Date of birth (1983-09-23) 23 September 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Left wingback
Club information
Current team
Aalesunds FK
Number 17
Youth career
York United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Waterhouse 52 (15)
2007–2009 Stoke City 2 (0)
2009– Aalesund 96 (12)
National team
2004– Jamaica 62 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 February 2013

Demar Constantine Phillips (born 23 September 1983) is a Jamaican footballer who plays as a left wingback for Norwegian club Aalesunds FK and for the Jamaican national team.

Early life[edit]

Demar Phillips was born on 23 September 1983 in a small town in the district of St Thomas outside Kingston. He describes growing up in among deep poverty, saying he "knew what it was like to starve".[2]

Club career[edit]

Waterhouse[edit]

After starting his youth career at York United in the St Thomas Parish leagues and Eastern Confederation Super League, Phillips made the move the Waterhouse Football Club, starting with their u21 team before becoming a senior team regular.

Stoke City[edit]

With reference from Jamaican teammate Ricardo Fuller to boss Tony Pulis, Phillips signed a three-year contract for Stoke City, on 31 August 2007 from Jamaican club Waterhouse, for an undisclosed fee.[3] After appearing on the substitutes bench against Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace and Scunthorpe United, Phillips finally made his first team debut on 10 November 2007 in the game against Sheffield United, in which he came on as a 78th minute substitute.

Phillips made only two appearances for Stoke, however, and in the summer of 2008 joined Oldham Athletic on trial with a view to a season-long loan.[4] Problems with obtaining a work permit saw this fall through and he returned to Stoke. He again struggled to force his way into the Premier side's first team squad and at the end of the transfer window in January 2009 he joined Norwegian side Aalesunds FK on a free transfer.[5]

Aalesunds FK[edit]

Phillips made his Aalesund-debut on 15 March 2009, playing at left back against Tromsø IL. He played in the Norwegian Football Cup final as a substitute, which Aalesund won on penalties, one of which he scored. Phillips was named man of the match after scoring both goals in a 2–0 win against Hønefoss on 21 March 2010. On 20 August 2011, Phillips signed a new contract with Aalesunds FK until 2014.[6]

International career[edit]

Phillips has appeared for the Jamaica national football team a total of 60 times scoring eleven goals. On 6 June 2011, Phillips scored the third goal in a 4–0 win. On 10 June 2011, Phillips scored a brace in a 2–0 win over Guatemala, being named man of the match.

As of 10 June 2011[7]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competitions
1. 27 September 2006 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Saint Lucia
3 – 0
4 – 0
2007 Caribbean Cup qualification
2. 8 October 2006 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Canada
2 – 1
2 – 1
Friendly
3. 4 June 2008 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1 – 0
5 – 1
Friendly
4. 15 June 2008 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Bahamas
2 – 0
7 – 0
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 5 December 2008 Jarrett Park, Montego Bay, Jamaica  Grenada
4 – 0
4 – 0
2008 Caribbean Championship
6. 6 June 2011 The Home Depot Center, Carson, United States  Grenada
3 – 0
4 – 0
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
7. 10 June 2011 FIU Stadium, Miami, United States  Guatemala
1 – 0
2 – 0
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8.
2 – 0
9. 2 September 2011 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  Ecuador
2 – 5
2 – 5
Friendly
10. 8 June 2012 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Guatemala
1 – 0
2 – 1
2014 World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Phillips has one daughter named Jadyn, who is currently lives in Jamaica with her mother, who is a university employee. Phillips and Jadyns mother are separated.[2] Phillips is a devout Christian, himself stating that he devotes a considerable amount of time to prayer. He explained: "I pray to God a lot. In the morning and at night before I go to bed. When I step onto the pitch before a game, I stop before the sidelines, taking to the ground with my hands, before I do the sign of the cross and look up at the sky. Then I know that God will protect me during the game".[2]

Career statistics[edit]

As of March 2014[8]
Club Season League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 2007–08 2 0 0 0 2 0
2008–09 0 0 2 0 2 0
Aalesund 2009 21 0 5 0 26 0
2010 17 3 1 0 18 3
2011 22 7 3 1 25 8
2012 20 0 3 2 23 2
2013 15 1 0 0 15 1
2014 1 1 0 0 1 1
Career Total 98 12 14 3 112 15

Honours[edit]

Jamaica
Waterhouse
Aalesunds FK

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 332. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ a b c Skuseth, Helge. "Phillips: - Jeg elsker denne klubben, og vil bli". 100% Fotball. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Stoke capture Jamaica midfielder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stoke winger on trial at Oldham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Phillips leaves Stoke for Norway". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ny kontrakt for AaFK-profil". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  7. ^ RSSF – Jamaica International Matches Details 1998–2010
  8. ^ "Demar Phillips". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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