Len Phillips / Inside Forward

Professional footballer for Portsmouth FC

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Name Len Phillips
Date of Birth Thu Nov 9, 1922
Place of Birth Shoreditch
Height 5ft 9in (175cm)
Weight 10st 0lbs (63kg)
Playing Position Inside Forward
Date Joined Fri Feb 8, 1946
From Royal Marines
Transfer Fee Paid
Date Left Sat Sep 15, 1956
To Released
Transfer Fee Received -
Debut 28/12/1946 - Blackburn Rovers (a)
Last Appearance 07/01/1956 - Grimsby Town (h) (FAC)
League Appearances 248
League Goals 48
FA Cup Appearances 25
FA Cup Goals 7
League Cup Appearances 0
League Cup Goals 0
War Time League Appearances 10
War Time League Goals
War Time Cup Appearances
War Time Cup Goals
Other Appearances
Other Goals 0
Honours 1948/49 - Division 1 Championship
1949/50 - Division 1 Championship


International England
International Appearances (with Portsmouth) 3
International Goals
Date of Death Fri Dec 9, 2011
Place of Death Portsmouth
Biography Generally regarded as one of the most skilful and complete footballers ever to pull on a Pompey shirt, Len joined Pompey in 1946 from the Royal Marines, with whom he had served with distinction during the war, being one of the first ashore on D-Day. He debuted in a League South encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers a day after signing, going on to make 10 appearances in the 1945/46 season. Len would make just two appearances in the first post war season but by the end of 1947/48 he was a first team regular and over the championship seasons played 74 times, scoring 16 goals. Football League recognition followed before he won the first of three caps for his country in November 1951 against Northern Ireland at Villa Park. Sadly, a freak injury sustained at an England training camp in the spring of 1955 effectively ended his top flight career and he made just one further appearance after recovery early in 1956. After his release, Len went on to play non-league for Poole Town, Bath City and Waterlooville before following the first team from his seat in the South Stand in retirement.
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