Arthur Phoenix

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Arthur Phoenix
Personal information
Full name Arthur Frederick Phoenix
Date of birth (1902-03-05)5 March 1902[A]
Place of birth Patricroft, Eccles, England
Date of death 3 April 1979(1979-04-03) (aged 76)[1]
Place of death Eccles, England
Playing position Inside right / Right half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1922–1923 Glossop
1923–1924 Birmingham 3 (0)
1924–1925 Aston Villa 3 (2)
1925–1926 Barnsley 4 (0)
1926–1929 Exeter City 52 (9)
1929–1930 Wigan Borough 25 (0)
1930 Bath City
1930–1931 Torquay United 18 (0)
1931–1932 Mansfield Town 3 (0)
1932–1933 RC Paris
1933–1934 Sandbach Ramblers
1934 Shelbourne
1934–1935 Colwyn Bay United
1935–193? Brierley Hill Alliance
193?–1936 Ballymena United
1936–1937 Mossley

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Arthur Frederick Phoenix (5 March 1902[A] – 3 April 1979), often known as Ginger Phoenix, was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham, Aston Villa, Barnsley, Exeter City, Wigan Borough, Torquay United and Mansfield Town,[2] and in Division 1 of the French League for Racing Club de Paris. He also played for clubs in Wales and Ireland.

Playing career[edit]

Phoenix was born in Patricroft, Eccles, which was then in Lancashire.[A] He played for Hadfield and for Glossop before joining Birmingham in May 1923.[3] He made his debut playing at inside left in the First Division on 29 September 1923 in a goalless draw away against Arsenal, and played twice more during the 1923–24 season.[4] At the end of the season he crossed the city to join Aston Villa, for whom he scored three goals, two from three First Division games and one in the FA Cup.[5] He continued his footballing tour in the Second Division with Barnsley, followed by what proved to be his longest stay at any club – three seasons in the Third Division South with Exeter City – and, to complete the Football League set, a year at Wigan Borough in the Third Division North,[3] where he was one of a number of new arrivals after the club's financial difficulties had forced the sale of their best players.[6]

In 1930 he spent a few months with Southern League club Bath City before returning to the Football League with Torquay United and then Mansfield Town. Phoenix then tried his luck in the first season of professional football in France with Division 1 side Racing Club de Paris. In 1933 he came back to English non-league football for a few months with Cheshire League side Sandbach Ramblers, ending the season with Shelbourne in the League of Ireland. Phoenix spent the 1934–35 season playing in the Birmingham & District League, starting off with Colwyn Bay United before moving on to Brierley Hill Alliance in January 1935.[3] He finished off his travels with Ballymena United in the Irish League before returning to England for the final time to play out the remaining seven games of his career as a wing half in the Cheshire League with Mossley.[7]


A. a b c Matthews gives Phoenix as born on 5 July 1897 in Hadfield, Derbyshire,[3] but other sources give dates and places varying in precision but not incompatible with 5 March 1902 in Patricroft, now in Greater Manchester.[2][5][8]


  1. ^ Dykes, Garth (2011). Wigan Borough in the Football League: A Complete Record and Who's Who 1921–1931. Tony Brown. ISBN 978-1-905891-53-5. 
  2. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 166.
  5. ^ a b "Phoenix, Arthur Frederick "Ginger"". Aston Villa Player Database. Jörn Mårtensson. Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "The story of Wigan Borough". This Northern Soul. Bernard Ramsdale. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Complete A–Z of Players 1919–2008 * Pace to Pyke *". Mossley A.F.C. Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  8. ^ Ramsdale, Bernard (9 January 2008). "Wigan Borough Players A to Z (part two)". Ye Olde Tree and Crown. Retrieved 30 April 2009. [dead link]