Phil Jevons was a highly rated striker who joined City for the 2002/03 season on loan from Grimsby Town, who at the time were two divisions above the Tigers in the second tier. The loan was brokered with a view to a permanent move, after a suggestion that Jevons had fallen out with the Grimsby management. The Mariners’ loss rapidly became the Tigers’ gain as Jevons took five games to settle, then scored three goals in four games during October 2002. The third of those goals was scored in Peter Taylor’s first game in charge at Boothferry Park, but as Taylor set about rebuilding the squad Jevons appeared to lose his way and was set aside in favour of the talent of Jamie Forrester and the familial ties of Danny Webb. Phil made only 6 substitute appearances in the last 22 games of the season and returned to Grimsby in the 2003 close season.
Philip Jevons was born in Liverpool and was a prolific goalscorer for Everton’s youth team before breaking into the first team when he replaced Nick Barmby from the bench during a 2-1 win at Blackburn in March 1999. He made a further eight senior appearances for the Toffees over the next two seasons but by July 2001 he was lured by the near-irresistible temptations and bright lights of Grimsby Town, who were struggling to consolidate their place in the then-First Division, the second tier of the Football League. Phil was a first team regular for the first time in his career during the 2001/02 season but his haul of eight league goals was perhaps considered a little modest for a £150,000 top flight signing. He spent his second season on Grimsby’s books at Hull City, as chronicled above, then returned for the 2003/04 season. Jevons was top league goalscorer with 12 strikes but the Mariners were relegated to League 2 (they had dropped into League 1 during the previous season) and Jevons was once more on the move.
In the 2004 close season Phil joined League Two side Yeovil Town for their second season in the Football League. Yeovil were crowned League champions that season and won promotion to the third tier, while Jevons was the Division’s top scorer banging in 29 goals across all competitions. His form continued into the next season, despite being in a higher division he scored a further 16 goals as Yeovil consolidated in mid-table. In the summer of 2006 these scoring exploits attracted the attention of Bristol City, who had just lured manager Gary Johnson from Yeovil, and Jevons followed his boss to Ashton Gate – Jevons’ 95 senior appearances for Yeovil delivered 45 goals. His fine form continued as he scored 17 goals in the 2006/07 season as Bristol City finished League One runners-up and were promoted to the Championship. He remained at Bristol City for the start of the next season in the higher division but in the opening weeks he was rarely chosen for the first team, taking his Ashton gate tally to 19 goals in 55 appearances.
In November 2007 he moved to Huddersfield Town, initially on loan then made the transfer permanent in January 2008. For two seasons he struggled with injuries and failed to make an impression at Huddersfield, often being used as a substitute, but still contributed 11 goals in 50 appearances. His third season on the Terriers’ books was spent on loan at League 2 side Morecambe, and a return to the lower division worked well for Jevons as he started practically every game and scored 19 goals in 44 appearances. In 2010 he made the loan to Morecambe a permanent move and spent two further seasons in the Lancashire coast, leaving the club in 2012 when his contract expired having scored a further 14 times in 71 appearances. This drew his senior career to a close, he scored a total of 134 goals in 429 appearances, exactly 100 of which were as substitute.
For two seasons Jevons dropped into the non-league scene, playing for Hyde and Stockport County and scoring regularly. He combined his non-league duties with taking his coaching badges, and when he stopped playing professionally in September 2012 Jevons was appointed an academy coach at Everton’s Finch Farm training complex. In September 2021 he moved to Sunderland, at the time managed by his former Yeovil and Bristol City team-mate Lee Johnson, where he was appointed first team coach and given extra responsibility to help young players transition from the academy to the first team squad. When Johnson was dismissed by the Black Cats in January 2022 Jevons took temporary charge of the first team while a replacement was recruited.
During his youth team days at Everton Jevons was selected for the England under-16s and played four times in 1996 alongside future England star Michael Owen against Ireland (scoring once), Spain, Turkey and Israel.
Date/Place of Birth: 1 August 1979, Liverpool
Hull City First Game: 7 September 2002, Cambridge United A (League Division 3), 23 years, 37 days old
Hull City Final Game: 21 April 2003, Darlington A (League Division 3), 23 years, 263 days old
Everton (1996-2001), Grimsby Town (2001-2004), Hull City (2002-2003, loan), Yeovil Town (2004-2006), Bristol City (2006-2008), Huddersfield Town (2007-2008, loan), Huddersfield Town (2008-2010), Bury (2009, loan), Morecambe (2009-2010, loan), Morecambe (2010-2012), Hyde (2012-2013), Stockport County (2013-2014)
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Career: 26 apps, 3 goalsPhil Jevons
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