Phil Charnock

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Phil Charnock
Personal information
Full name Philip Anthony Charnock
Date of birth (1975-02-14) 14 February 1975 (age 40)
Place of birth Southport, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1987–1992 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Liverpool 0 (0)
1996 Blackpool (loan) 4 (0)
1996–2002 Crewe Alexandra 155 (8)
2002–2003 Port Vale 18 (1)
2003 Bury 3 (0)
2003–2005 Linfield
2005–2006 Ballymena United 9 (1)
2006–2007 Fleetwood Town
2007–2008 Leigh RMI 12 (0)
2008 Mossley 5 (1)
Total 206+ (10+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Philip Anthony "Phil" Charnock (born 14 February 1975) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder.

He began his career at Liverpool, and made his debut at the age of 17 years and nine months to become the youngest player ever to play for the club in European competition. However he did not play a league game for the "Reds", and after a loan spell to Blackpool in 1996, he signed with Crewe Alexandra in December 1996. He helped the "Railwaymen" to win the Second Division play-offs in 1997, but injuries hampered his progress at the club, and he was released and signed with Port Vale in August 2002. He moved on to Bury in August 2003, before moving on to Linfield the following month. The club won the IFA Premiership in 2003–04 and finished second the following season, and he moved on to Ballymena United in October 2005. He trvalled back to England in summer 2006 for brief spells with non-league clubs Fleetwood Town, Leigh RMI, and Mossley.

Playing career[edit]

Charnock began his career with Liverpool, and made his debut under Graeme Souness in November 1992 in a Cup Winners' Cup game against Apollon Limassol. Charnock was just 17 years and 9 months old, which made him the youngest player ever to play for the club in European competition, breaking a record previously set by Jamie Redknapp one year earlier.[1] Despite this promising start, Charnock did not break into the first team at Anfield, instead he spent much of his time in the reserves and his only other appearance for the Reds was in a Football League Cup tie against Chesterfield that season.[2] With the advent of squad numbers in the Premier League from the 1993–94 season onwards, Charnock was issued with the number 18 shirt – next worn by Michael Owen, who went on to be one of the club's most highly regarded players ever.[3] He joined Blackpool on loan towards the end of the 1995–96 season, and made four substitute appearances for Sam Allardyce's "Tangerines".

In December 1996 he left Liverpool on a free transfer to sign for Crewe Alexandra, following a successful loan spell. He made 36 appearances in 1996–97, scoring his first senior goal on 20 December, in a 3–0 win over Notts County at Gresty Road. He also featured in the play-off final, as Alex beat Brentford 1–0 at Wembley to win promotion out of the Second Division; he was replaced by Chris Lightfoot on 65 minutes. He made 35 appearances in 1997–98, as Crewe finished in the top half of the First Division. He played 50 games in 1998–99, as the "Railwaymen" again retained their second tier status. He played 21 times at the start of the 1999–2000 campaign, but did not feature past November. He made nine league appearances towards the end of the 2000–01 season and featured 26 times in 2001–02, but was released in April 2002, after manager Dario Gradi informed him he did not feature in his first team plans.[4]

He moved on to nearby Port Vale in August 2002.[5] He featured 24 times for Brian Horton's "Valiants" in 2002–03, before he was released from Vale Park in May 2003.[6] He joined Bury in August 2003,[7] but played just three Third Division games for Andy Preece's "Shakers" in 2003–04 in a brief stay at Gigg Lane. In September 2003 he moved to Northern Ireland to play for Linfield.[8] His new club won the IFA Premiership title in 2003–04 and finished second in 2004–05. In October 2005 he joined Ballymena United on a short-term contract,[9] which was extended after some good performances.[10] He suffered with injury at both Irish clubs,[11][12] missing a whole year of action,[13] and he returned to England in summer 2006, joining Fleetwood Town of the Northern Premier League Premier Division. A year later, Charnock signed for Conference North team Leigh RMI. He played just 12 games, as Leigh finished bottom of the league in 2007–08, and were thus relegated. He signed for Mossley in July 2008.[14] He made just five appearances for the Northern Premier League club in 2008–09, before injuries curtailed his career completely.


with Crewe Alexandra
with Linfield


  1. ^ Profile at
  2. ^ "Charnock eyes the big time!". Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Ridley, Ian (13 August 1995). "Club-by-club guide: The prospects, the players to watch, the arrivals and departures". The Independent (London). 
  4. ^ "Crewe release nine". BBC Sport. 29 April 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Vale seal double deal". BBC Sport. 1 August 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Carragher exits Vale". BBC Sport. 9 May 2003. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Charnock joins Bury". BBC Sport. 23 August 2003. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Linfield sign Charnock". BBC Sport. 4 September 2003. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Braidmen sign midfielder Charnock". BBC Sport. 13 October 2005. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Charnock to stay on at Ballymena". BBC Sport. 12 January 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Charnock in Blues deal". BBC Sport. 18 June 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "Charnock is sidelined for season". BBC Sport. 20 February 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Charnock out for a year". BBC Sport. 23 January 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "Phil Charnock". Retrieved 13 May 2009. 

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