Phil Rookes / Full Back

Professional footballer for Portsmouth FC

Phil Rookes
Phil Rookes
See more related items


Name Phil Rookes
Date of Birth Wed Apr 23, 1919
Place of Birth Dulverton, Somerset
Playing Position Full Back
Date Joined Sun Jan 29, 1939
From Bradford City
Transfer Fee Paid
Date Left Sun Jul 1, 1951
To Colchester United
Transfer Fee Received
Debut 04/02/1939 - Aston Villa (h)
Last Appearance 13/01/1951 - West Bromwich Albion (h)
League Appearances 114
League Goals
FA Cup Appearances 7
FA Cup Goals
League Cup Appearances
League Cup Goals
War Time League Appearances 13
War Time League Goals
War Time Cup Appearances 5
War Time Cup Goals
Other Appearances
Other Goals
Honours 1948/49 - Division 1 Championship
International None
International Appearances (with Portsmouth)
International Goals
Date of Death Tue Feb 4, 2003
Place of Death Portsmouth
Biography Phil had an early opportunity to prove his worth to his new club when making his debut six days after signing, when deputising for Bill Rochford in a run of five matches. However, war service in the Royal Navy robbed him of the chance to add to his tally over the next six seasons, although he did appear at Wembley in the 1941/42 War Cup Final against Brentford. Post war, Phil made the right back position his own until sustaining a broken ankle in the FA Cup tie against Stockport County in January 1949, ending a run of 25 league appearances in the first championship season. Infrequent appearances only followed before he was released in July 1951 to Colchester United.
Other Information