Long time ago ! I played in the junior school team at Shirestone Road Junior school along with David Smith ,Jim Stoddard amongst others . As a Blue Nose but living away from Birmingham I followed Phil’s career with great interest . We met once when we were about 19 / 20 and Phil gave me an interesting insight into the life of a professional footballer . He was a top player ! Best wishes Phil.
07-04-20 John Glavey
My brother played in the same team name Harold dean nick name Dixie at school kingsrise & stanley star he speaks very highly of phil said he was a great player.
16-03-20 Victoria Neal ( dean)
phil played for kings rise school he always got a hatrick against us ...st michaels rc ..he was impossible to stop,apowerhouse of a player..1959-62..i followed his career,having played against him..
hi phil just trying to catch up with what your up to now you have finished with football as i used to follow you at the blues and lived round the conner from your mom and dad in lea hall and see you go to the games with gary pendry in your capri
I have just thought I never said in my letter below re Phil and me getting locked in Highgate United's ground at 1am in the morning - Phil did sign for me at Redditch Utd, along with another great Blues player Alan Campbell.
I trained under Phill when I played for acocks green lions top bloke this going back to the early 80s though
I started following "The Blues" in mid 60's but the most memorable team was early 70's through to the mid-70's when Trevor Francis was introduced to the first team - what a player he became. I have a photo of the 1972 - 73 squad which includes R. Hynd, Ray Martin, P. Cooper, D. Robinson, A. Campbell, G. Pendry, M. Page, Bob Barton, R. Latchford, T. Francis, P. Summerhill, K. Burns.
I emigrated the UK in 1975 and am currently living in California, USA. I have continued to follow the "Blues" and am saddened to see they are battling to avoid relegation to the 3rd division. They deserve better than this, the owners need to spend money on some quality players.
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