Leighton Phillips

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Leighton Phillips
Personal information
Date of birth (1949-09-26) 26 September 1949 (age 65)
Place of birth Neath, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1974 Cardiff City 180 (11)
1974–1978 Aston Villa 140 (4)
1978–1981 Swansea City 97 (0)
1981–1983 Charlton Athletic 45 (1)
1983 Exeter City 10 (0)
National team
1971–1975 Wales U23 5 (0)
1971–1981 Wales 58 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Leighton Phillips (born 25 September 1949) is a Welsh former professional football player. During his career, he made over 450 appearances in The Football League during spells with Cardiff City, Aston Villa, Swansea City, Charlton Athletic and Exeter City and won 58 caps for Wales.[1]

Club career[edit]

A Welsh schoolboy international, Phillips began his career at Cardiff City, making his way through the youth and reserve sides before making his debut as a substitute during a 2–2 draw 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, taking over the role following the departure of Brian Harris.[2]

He became increasingly unhappy with the lack of success at the club and in September 1974 he left the club to join Aston Villa for a fee of £100,000. Winning the 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 record signing when he joined for £70,000 in November 1978.[3] After winning promotion to Division One, Phillips moved to Charlton Athletic for £25,000 before finishing his league career with Exeter City.[4]

International career[edit]

Having won caps at under-21 and under-23 level, Phillips made his senior debut in a 3–1 defeat to Czechoslovakia on 21 April 1971.[5]


Cardiff City
1971, 1973, 1974
Aston Villa


  1. ^ "Leighton Phillips". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  2. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  3. ^ "Leighton Phillips". Aston Villa Player Database. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Past players". Swansea City A.F.C. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  5. ^ Hayes, Dean P. (2004). Wales The Complete Who's Who of Footballers Since 1946. Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-3700-9.