Ronnie Phillips

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Ronnie Phillips
Personal information
Full name Ronald Daniel Phillips
Date of birth (1947-03-30)30 March 1947
Place of birth Worsley, England
Date of death 18 April 2002(2002-04-18) (aged 55)
Place of death Cumbria, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1963–1965 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1975 Bolton Wanderers 145 (17)
1975Chesterfield (loan) 5 (0)
1975–1977 Bury 72 (5)
1977–1981 Chester 130 (21)
1981 Chorley
1981 Barrow 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ronald Phillips (born 30 March 1947, Worsley; died 18 April 2002) is an English former professional footballer.

Playing career[edit]

A left sided Midfielderwho also played as Winger,[1] Phillips began his career with Bolton Wanderers. After 145 league appearances and a loan spell with Chesterfield, Phillips joined Bury in 1975 for a two-year spell.

Early in 1977–78 Phillips joined Chester, where he became part of one of the club's most successful teams.[1] His four-year stint at Sealand Road was largely successful, although Phillips did suffer the indignity of missing an open goal for Chester in a televised match at Blackpool in December 1978.[1]

Phillips left Chester in February 1981 and briefly joined Chorley before signing for Barrow in the Alliance Premier League. But he suffered a serious leg injury shortly after signing and left him in plaster for six months, effectively ending his playing career at a serious level.[1]

After his football career ended Phillips worked for an insurance company and later established a successful newsagents business.[1] Unfortunately he began to suffer from depression,[2] leading to his death from self-inflicted injuries in April 2002.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Where are they now?, Chester City v Bolton Wanderers matchday programme, 17 October 1992, p 20
  2. ^ a b "Former Wanderers star Ron Phillips tragedy". This is Lancashire. 1 October 2002. Archived from the original on 3 January 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2008.