John Phillips (footballer)
|Birth name||Thomas John Seymour Phillips|
|Date of birth||7 July 1951|
|Place of birth||Shrewsbury|
|Date of death||31 March 2017(aged 65)|
|1980–1981||Brighton & Hove Albion||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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.
- Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. pp. 163–164. ISBN 1-872424-11-2.
- John Phillips at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
- John Phillips: Former Wales & Chelsea goalkeeper dies, aged 65
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