Charlie Phillips (footballer)

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Charlie Phillips
Personal information
Full name Cuthbert Phillips
Date of birth (1910-06-23)23 June 1910
Place of birth Victoria, Newport, Wales
Date of death 15 October 1969(1969-10-15) (aged 59)
Place of death Lichfield, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
192?–1929 Ebbw Vale
1929–1936 Wolverhampton Wanderers 191 (59)
1936–1938 Aston Villa 22 (5)
1938–1939 Birmingham 24 (9)
1939–19?? Chelmsford City
National team
1931–1937 Wales 13 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Cuthbert Phillips (23 June 1910 – 15 October 1969), known as Charlie Phillips, was a professional footballer who won 13 full caps for Wales. At club level, he scored 73 goals in 237 appearances in the Football League playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa and Birmingham.[1]

Phillips was born in Victoria, Newport, which was then in Monmouthshire. He began his football career with Ebbw Vale before turning professional with Wolverhampton Wanderers of the Football League Second Division in 1929.[2] He made his debut for the club on 15 March 1930 in a 1–1 home draw with Oldham Athletic, and went on to play 202 games in all competitions, scoring 65 goals. He contributed to the club's Second Division title in the 1931–32 season,[2] and scored in the 4–2 victory over Everton in the last match of the following season, a game Wolves had to win to remain in the First Division.[3]

In January 1936, Phillips moved on to Aston Villa for a fee of £9,000, where he experienced relegation followed by another Second Division title, and in 1938 he crossed the city to join Birmingham, where he was again relegated from the First Division. In the 1939 close season he dropped into non-league football with Chelmsford City, and retired from football during the Second World War.[2]

Phillips was capped twice at schoolboy level and went on to win 13 full international caps for Wales.[2] He made his debut on 22 April 1931 against Ireland at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, in the British Home Championship, scoring the opening goal in a 3–2 win.[4]

He played as a forward, either at centre-forward or on the right. He was skilful with the ball but had a short temper which sometimes caused him disciplinary problems. After retirement from the game Phillips kept a pub, first in the Bushbury district of Wolverhampton and later in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He died in Lichfield in 1969 at the age of 59.[2]


with Wolverhampton Wanderers

with Aston Villa

  • Football League Second Division champions: 1937–38


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 207. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 117–18. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ "Wolves celebrate the ball that kept them in top flight". Black Country Bugle. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Welsh International Matches: 22 April 1931". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 19 March 2009.