Phil Picken

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Phil Picken
Personal information
Full name Philip James Picken
Date of birth (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Droylsden, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
2002–2004 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2005–2006 Chesterfield (loan) 32 (1)
2006–2010 Chesterfield 108 (1)
2009 Notts County (loan) 22 (0)
2010–2014 Bury 77 (0)
Total 239 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:35, 23 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Philip James "Phil" Picken (born 12 November 1985) is a former English football player. He is a defender and midfielder, and he joined Manchester United as a junior. Picken was an important member of the reserve team at United that won the quadruple in 2005. Picken announced his retirement from all forms of football on 30 April 2014 as a result of failing to recover from two serious knee injuries.



Picken played for Chesterfield on a loan basis from 18 August 2005 until the end of the season, and later joined the club on a permanent basis after being released by Manchester United. He made 37 appearances for Chesterfield in the 2007–08 season. He fell out of favour in the Chesterfield team in 2008–09, and was consequently loaned out to Notts County. However, the Spireites' manager was sacked at the end of the season and new manager, John Sheridan gave the whole squad a clean slate and Picken soon became the first choice right back at Saltergate again. He was released at the end of the 2009/10 by Chesterfield.[1]


He signed for Bury on a free transfer on 4 August 2010. In May 2011 Picken achieved promotion from League 2 with Bury as Runners up in the league. Picken suffered a knee injury in a game against Notts County in September 2012 and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season, with Bury suffering relegation in his absence. On 28 May 2013 it was announced that Picken would miss the entire 2013–14 season following further setbacks with his injury.[2] Because of this, he was not allocated a squad number.[3]


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