Ted Phillips (footballer)

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Ted Phillips
Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips.jpg
Phillips (right) and former team-mate Ray Crawford at Portman Road
Personal information
Full name Edward John Phillips
Date of birth 21 August 1933
Place of birth Gromford, England
Date of death 9 January 2018 (aged 84)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1964 Ipswich Town 269 (161)
1955–1956Stowmarket (loan)
1964–1965 Leyton Orient 36 (17)
1965 Luton Town 12 (8)
1965–1966 Colchester United 32 (13)
1966–1967 Floriana
Chelmsford City
Long Melford
Teams managed
1966–1967 Floriana
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Edward John Phillips (21 August 1933 – 9 January 2018) was an English professional footballer.


Phillips was born in Gromford, Suffolk and started his football career at local club Leiston before joining the British Army.[1], 21 August 2013</ref> After leaving the army he was recommended to Ipswich Town by a scout and attended a trial at the club. The club offered Phillips a contract, but he initially refused to sign as he was earning more money as a gardener in Tunstall.[1] The club later offered to pay transport expenses and a total wage of £8 a week, after which he signed for the club.[1] After making his debut against Watford in March 1954, Phillips spent the 1955–56 season on loan to Stowmarket.[2]

Phillips went on to make over 250 appearances for Ipswich between 1953 and 1964, scoring over 150 goals and making him the third highest scorer in the club's history. He also holds the record for the most goals scored for the club in one season with 46 in the 1956–57 season.[1] He was selected to play for the Third Division South side against the North in April 1957. During his time at the club, he was renowned for having the hardest shot in 'modern football', a title given after trials involving Peter Lorimer, Bobby Charlton and Bobby Smith.[3] In 1962, a report in the East Anglian Daily Times said of Phillips: "It is an undisputed fact that he is the best kicker of a dead ball in the game."

After leaving Ipswich in 1964, Phillips played for Luton Town, Leyton Orient and Colchester United. After leaving Colchester at the end of the 1965–66 season, he moved to Malta to become player/manager of Floriana, a club he had played against during Ipswich's 1962–63 European Cup campaign, scoring four goals in the two legs. during the 1966–67 season. Despite winning the Independence Cup and the Maltese FA Trophy, his first season at the club was not regarded as a success and he left midway through the 1967–68 season.[4] After returning to England, he played non-League football for Chelmsford City and Long Melford.[5][6]

Away from football he also played for Suffolk County Cricket Club.[1]

Following his football career, Phillips worked for Pirelli Cables. He died on the morning of 9 January 2018 at the age of 84 after suffering from dementia.[7][2][8]



Ipswich Town[9][10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e Brammer, Chris. "Ted Phillips at 80: Powerful Ipswich Town legend was goalkeepers' nemesis". Ipswich Star. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ipswich Town legend Ted Phillips dies East Anglian Daily Times, 9 January 2018
  3. ^ A pre-match pint, cricket with an apple and an 80mph shot – memories of Ted Phillips East Anglian Daily Times, 9 January 2018
  4. ^ Ted Phillips ex-Floriana dies at 84 Take a seat, 9 January 2018
  5. ^ Ted Phillips (Forward) Colchester United Archive Database
  6. ^ We're sorry to hear of the passing of Ted Phillips, a true Ipswich Town legend Long Melford F.C.
  7. ^ Ex-Ipswich Town star Ted Phillips dies aged 84 BBC News, 9 January 2018
  8. ^ Ray Crawford: ‘Ted was just the sort of player Colchester and Orient could do with right now’ Romford Today, 9 January 2018
  9. ^ "Tier One (Premier League) Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Tier Two (Championship) Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Division Three South Champions". Coludaybyday.co.uk.

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