Phil Gulliver

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Phil Gulliver
Personal information
Full name Philip Stephen Gulliver
Date of birth (1982-09-12) 12 September 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Bishop Auckland, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Middlesbrough 0 (0)
2002 Blackpool (loan) 3 (0)
2002–2003 Carlisle United (loan) 1 (0)
2003 Bournemouth (loan) 6 (0)
2003 Bury (loan) 10 (0)
2004 Scunthorpe United (loan) 2 (0)
2004–2006 Rushden & Diamonds 72 (4)
2006–2007 Hereford United 26 (0)
2007–2008 Rushden & Diamonds 42 (1)
2008 Oxford City
2008–2012 Corby Town
2012–2013 King's Lynn Town 61 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:07, 7 July 2012 (UTC).

Philip Stephen Gulliver (born 12 September 1982) is an English footballer who played in the Football League for Blackpool, Carlisle United, A.F.C. Bournemouth, Bury, Scunthorpe United, Rushden & Diamonds and Hereford United.[1][2] Since 2008 he has played for Corby Town. He played as a central defender for King's Lynn Town. Until he was released in October 2013


Gulliver was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.[1] He was a trainee at Middlesbrough where he was a key member of their reserve side but never made a first team appearance. He made his league debut on 30 November 2002 while on loan at Blackpool, in the starting eleven for the Division Two game against Notts County which finished 1–1.[1] He also spent a month at Carlisle United, and finished the season at A.F.C. Bournemouth, where he helped the Cherries gain promotion from Division Three via the playoffs.[3] The following season he had two more loan spells in Division Three, with Bury and Scunthorpe United, before he was released by Boro at the end of the season.[4]

He signed for Rushden & Diamonds where he was a first-team regular in central defence in his two seasons with the club. Indeed, he captained the side in his second season, when Rushden were ultimately relegated from the Football League. In July 2006 he apparently signed for Hereford United on a free transfer and appeared in the squad photo. A few days later he returned to Rushden, pending clarification of his status: if a player aged under 24 rejects the offer of a new deal, the club he leaves is entitled to compensation. He returned to Hereford after an agreement was reached between the two clubs.[5][6]

He was mostly named on the bench for Hereford's opening matches of the season, but after a change in formation to three centre-backs he was given a run in the team. He was named Hereford's joint Player of the Month for December, but for the last three months of the season he was usually confined to the bench.[7][8]

He rejoined Rushden at the end of the 2007–08 season.[7] In October 2008 he was one of eight players transfer-listed following a number of poor team performances.[9] After a move to his local club, Corby Town of the Southern League Premier Division, broke down, Gulliver joined league rivals Oxford City on a short term deal. He signed for Corby at the end of 2008, and his arrival in a team which had conceded 14 goals in their last five league games[10] prompted a run of 530 minutes without conceding a goal.[11] Appointed captain, Gulliver went on to help the club to promotion to the Conference North in his first season.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Phil Gulliver". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Phil Gulliver". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Mitchener, Mark (26 May 2003). "Gulliver eyes further travels". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Quartet Released As Squad Is Pruned". Middlesbrough F.C. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Owens, Trevor (27 July 2006). "Gulliver doubles back to Diamonds". BBC Hereford and Worcester. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Club Announcement". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Centre-back Gulliver set to continue his travels". Hereford Times. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "It's a tie – Ferrell and Gulliver share the bubbly". Hereford United F.C. 5 January 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Lea, Mark (28 October 2008). "Six more Diamonds players on transfer list". Northampton Chronicle & Echo. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Steelmen v Rugby preview". Evening Telegraph. Northampton. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Squad". Corby Town F.C. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Gulliver to keep Steelmen armband". BBC Sport. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 

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