Phil Parkes (footballer, born 1947)

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Phil Parkes
Personal information
Full name Philip Parkes
Date of birth (1947-07-14) 14 July 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth West Bromwich, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1962–1964 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1978 Wolverhampton Wanderers 303 (0)
1967Los Angeles Wolves (guest) 7 (0)
1969Kansas City Spurs (guest) 8 (0)
1976–1979 Vancouver Whitecaps 78 (0)
1980–1981 Chicago Sting 40 (0)
1980–1981 Chicago Sting (indoor) 10 (0)
1981 San Jose Earthquakes 1 (0)
1982–1983 Oklahoma City Slickers 28+ (0)
1983 Toronto Blizzard 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Phil Parkes (born 14 July 1947 in West Bromwich) is an English former professional football goalkeeper. He was Wolverhampton Wanderers' first-choice keeper for much of the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Nicknamed "Lofty" for his booming kicks upfield, Parkes joined Wolves in 1962 straight from school and turned professional two years later. After several years in the reserve league, he made his first-team debut on 19 November 1966, saving a penalty in a 3-2 win over Preston North End. For the following nine seasons, Parkes missed few Wolves games and — over the 1971–72 and 1972–73 seasons — appeared in 127 consecutive league matches, breaking Noel George's club record.

In 1967, Parkes accompanied Wolves as they went to the United States to perform as Los Angeles Wolves in the United Soccer Association, a professional league that imported teams to represent American cities and which, a year later, would merge with a rival league to form the North American Soccer League. Parkes anchored the team as it proceeded to win the USA title, defeating Washington Whips (represented by Aberdeen) in the final. Parkes would return to the United States two years later, in a similar "guest" role, as Wolves represented Kansas City Spurs in the NASL's 1969 "mini-season."

The keeper won a UEFA Cup runners-up medal in 1972, after saving two penalties in the semi-final tie with Ferencváros to help the club to the final. However, he missed out on a winners medal in the League Cup, when he broke an ankle in the run-up to the 1974 final,[1] after having played in all the previous rounds.

He traded the goalkeeper's role with Gary Pierce over the next two seasons, until Pierce made the spot his own as Wolves won the Second Division championship in 1976–77. Nonetheless, Parkes stayed on the books at Molineux until 1978.

With opportunities limited at Wolves, the goalkeeper had returned to North America to play in the North American Soccer League, with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the summers. He served the Canadian club in 1976, 1977 and 1979, the latter seeing him win the Soccer Bowl. He was also voted the league's top goalkeeper for 1977 and 1979, after keeping teammate Bruce Grobbelaar out of the side.

He moved on to the Chicago Sting for 1980 and part of 1981, before joining the San Jose Earthquakes for the remainder of the 1981 season. Parkes left the NASL to help lead the upstart Oklahoma City Slickers of the American Soccer League to the league finals in the 1982 season, but he left the Slickers in the middle of the 1983 season to return to the NASL with the Toronto Blizzard, making just one appearance before retiring from playing.

Parkes also participated in the 1980-81 NASL indoor season, playing half of one match for the Chicago Sting.


  1. ^ "Proud day tinged for Wolves hero", 28 February 2009 (Retrieved: 25 July 2009)

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