574 Trevor Phillips

Biography

Creative forward Trevor Phillips joined the Tigers in June 1979 as manager Ken Houghton sought to build a squad capable of winning promotion out of Division Three – alongside Phillips, the signing of Mick Tait (for whom the club paid a record fee) and Paul Moss represented a considerable investment. Alas Houghton could not find a successful formula on the pitch and City managed only four league wins before a 7-2 shoeing at Brentford in December 1979 led to Houghton’s dismissal. Phillips had contributed three goals in 21 starts under Houghton, in a 2-2 draw with Oxford, a 2-3 defeat at Millwall and a 2-0 win over Carlisle (the last of Houghton’s four victories). Phillips missed five games in November and when he returned to first team action Chris Chilton was in temporary charge of the side. Phillips started another three games under Chilton but in January 1980 the City manager’s job was handed to former Wales manager Mike Smith and Phillips, whose face clearly didn’t fit with the new team, was not seen again and left the club in March 1980.

Born in Barnsley, the diminutive Phillips joined Rotherham United as a teenage apprentice and made his first team debut in January 1970 at the age of 17. He scored his first goal for the Millers in his second game a month later, in a 2-0 win over Bury. He was introduced gently to the first team at Millmoor and played alongside ex-Tiger David Lill and journeyman player turned journeyman manager Neil Warnock. In his first four seasons he was a first team squad player but never a regular – when Rotherham dropped into the Fourth Division in 1973 Phillips was a regular first choice and in 1973/74 season he netted 14 times in 42 appearances. However in the next two seasons he was again not an automatic first choice, making 23 and 29 league appearances respectively. In 1976/77 he was finally first-name-on-the-teamsheet material as he started every game in League and Cup and scored 23 goals. The next two seasons saw similar consistency, netting 12 and 16 goals respectively, and in 1978/79 he finally finished Rotherham’s top league goalscorer with 14 goals while also playing in a famous League Cup victory over a full-strength Arsenal side. Phillips scored three hattricks during his ten years with the Millers – September 1973 against Crewe, May 1977 versus Reading and November 1977 in an FA Cup win over Spennymoor – and when he left for City in June 1979 at the age of 26 he had made 427 appearances and scored 92 goals.

In March 1980, after only 9 months at Hull City, Chester paid £55,000 for his services. In two years Phillips made 70 appearances before joining Stockport County – initially on loan in March 1982 then permanently that summer – where he made another 50 league appearances and scored 13 goals. Phillips returned to Chester for the 1983/84 season but he was not a first team regular and he left in February 1984 to join non-league side Oswestry Town, having made approaching 600 senior appearances in his professional career. Trevor’s playing days came to an end in 1986, after which he lived in Tarvin near Chester and started a second career as a painter and decorator.

Phillips played for the England Youth team in his teenage years at Rotherham.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 18 September 1952, Barnsley
Hull City First Game: 11 August 1979, Sheffield Wednesday A (League Cup First Round First Leg), 26 years, 327 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 December 1979, Oxford United A (Division Three), 27 years, 102 days old

Clubs

Rotherham United (1969-1979), Hull City (1979-1980), Chester (1980-1982), Stockport County (1982, loan), Stockport County (1982-1983), Chester City (1983-1984), Oswestry Town (1984-1986)

Hull City Record

Career: 24 apps, 3 goals

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