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Phil KING

King joined the club from Torquay United in February 1987. When he signed, the Town were pushing for promotion from Division Three, and King helped to balance the side, filling the left back position that had been a problem for the previous two years. David Hockaday had been playing in that position, but the arrival of King saw him revert back to a more familiar position on the right side of defence.

King was ever-present for the rest of that season, making his debut as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Blackpool on 7th February 1987 - in all the other games, he wore the number three shirt. His twenty-five appearances included all of the successful play-off series, concluding with a place in the team that won the Final replay, gaining a 2-0 result over Gillingham at Selhurst Park.

King spent two more full seasons at the County Ground, being ever-present in 1987/1988, and missing just eight games the following season. Now under Ossie Ardiles, the 1989/1990 season seemed to be going the same way, until First Division Sheffield Wednesday came in for his signature in November 1989. He originally signed on loan, before Wednesday signed him permanently at the end of the month for 500,000.

After four seasons and 129 appearances at Sheffield, King moved on to Aston Villa, and, although injury prevented him from ever being a first team regular, he helped Villa overcome Inter Milan in the 1994/1995 UEFA Cup, scoring the winner in the penalty shoot out.

Just two seasons later, Steve McMahon brought King back to Swindon for a second spell, signing on 26th March 1997 on a free transfer. He made five more appearances for the Town at the end of that season - but then never played for the club again. King was to later claim in Town fanzine "The Magic Roundabout" that an argument between himself and McMahon was the cause - and that McMahon didn't speak to him as a result. After a short spell at Blackpool on loan at the end of 1997, King found himself out in the cold again, and he eventually moved to Brighton two years after he had rejoined, leaving on 16th March 1999.

PLAYING RECORD:

Season LEAGUE FA CUP LEAGUE CUP OTHER TOTAL
Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls
'96/'97 5 - - - - - - - 5 -
'89/'90 14 1 - - 3 - - - 17 1
'88/'89 36 (+3) 2 2 - 2 - 1 - 41 (+3) 2
'87/'88 44 1 3 - 6 - 5 - 58 1
'86/'87 25 (+1) - - - - - - - 25 (+1) -
TOTAL 124 (+4) 4 5 - 11 - 6 - 146 (+4) 4


TRANSFER INFORMATION:

DATE IN/OUT TRANSFER DETAIL
6 FEB 1987 IN Torquay United
(loan)
13 MAR 1987 IN Torquay United
17,500
2 NOV 1989 OUT Sheffield Wednesday
(loan)
30 NOV 1989 OUT Sheffield Wednesday
450,000
(initial fee of 400,000 plus 50,000 for 50 appearances and 100,000 if capped)
26 MAR 1997 IN Aston Villa
Free transfer
20 OCT 1997 OUT Blackpool
(loan)
19 NOV 1997 IN Blackpool
(loan return)
16 MAR 1999 OUT Brighton and Hove Albion
Free transfer


full name

Philip Geoffrey King


 ENGLAND
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date of birth
28 December 1967


             
             
             
             
           
             

usual positions
left back

youth career
Exeter City

senior career
Exeter City
Torquay United
SWINDON TOWN
Sheffield Wednesday
Notts County (loan)
Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion (loan)
SWINDON TOWN
Blackpool (loan)
Brighton & Hove Albion
Kidderminster Harriers
Bath City