Fred Phillips (footballer)

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Fred Phillips
Personal information
Date of birth 27 May 1905
Date of death 21 April 1933(1933-04-21) (aged 27)
Original team(s) Scotch College
Height / weight 183 cm / 74 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1924–1932 St Kilda 134 (107)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1932.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Fred 'Flops' Phillips (27 May 1905 – 21 April 1933)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Phillips could play as a ruckman or in defensive key positions. A strong mark of the ball, Phillips won a best and fairest for St Kilda in 1930. He finished eighth in the 1931 Brownlow Medal and equal 9th the following season.

In 1933 he was appointed to the role of Hawthorn captain-coach but by the time the season began he had died from blood poisoning caused by an elbow cut. It was believed the dye in the new club jumper was toxic.


  1. ^ "FRED. PHILLIPS DEAD.". The Referee. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 26 April 1933. p. 13. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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