John Phillips (footballer)

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John Phillips
Personal information
Birth name Thomas John Seymour Phillips
Date of birth (1951-07-07)7 July 1951
Place of birth Shrewsbury
Date of death 31 March 2017(2017-03-31) (aged 65)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1970 Shrewsbury Town 51 (0)
1970 Aston Villa 15 (0)
1970–1980 Chelsea 125 (0)
1980 Crewe Alexandra 6 (0)
1980–1981 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (0)
1981–1982 Charlton Athletic 2 (0)
1982–1983 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
Sea Bee
Total 200 (0)
National team
1973–1974 Wales 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas John Seymour Phillips (7 July 1951 – 31 March 2017)[1] was a Welsh footballer who played as a goalkeeper for various English clubs and the Welsh national team.[2]

Phillips started out with his home town club, Shrewsbury Town, for whom he made 51 appearances, before transferring to Aston Villa at the age of 18. After only a handful of matches for Villa, Phillips joined Chelsea in August 1970 for £25,000. He was to spend the majority of his career with the west London club as the long-term understudy to Peter Bonetti and only once, in 1974-75, was he to make over 30 appearances in a season for the club. He made a total of 149 appearances for Chelsea.

He left Chelsea in 1980 and had brief spells with Crewe Alexandra, Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace and Sea Bee in Hong Kong. John Toshack signed Phillips for Swansea City in the early Eighties, but never made the first team. He also won 4 caps for the Wales national team. Phillips died in 2017 at the age of 65 after a long illness.[3]


  1. ^ Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. pp. 163–164. ISBN 1-872424-11-2. 
  2. ^ John Phillips at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  3. ^ John Phillips: Former Wales & Chelsea goalkeeper dies, aged 65