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Born: 13 March 1976

Came from: Portsmouth   Went to: Released

First game: 12 August 2000   Last game: 17 April 2004

Appearances: 131 (105/26)   Goals: 12

'Buster' began his career as a trainee with Exeter City and showed such huge potential that he moved to Manchester City for £500,000 after less than 18 months in the first team. Alan Ball, his manager at City, famously predicted that Phillips would become the first £10 million pound footballer. However, the Exeter-born winger was unable to break into the first-team at Maine Road and after loans spells with Scunthorpe United and back at Exeter, was sold to Portsmouth. Again he could not establish himself in the first-team and after a loan period with Bristol Rovers, joined Argyle.

Phillips played a major role in the Division Three title winning season and made over 130 appearances, primarily on the wing, for Argyle during his four seasons at Home Park. Injury problems limited his chances in the 2003-04 League One Championship winning side and he was released at the end of the season, moving to Torquay United to complete a full set of Devon professional clubs. After two productive seasons at Plainmoor he was severely hampered by chronic fatigue syndrome which forced him to call it a day.

After retiring, Phillips coached at Argyle’s Centre of Excellence and Exeter City’s Football in the Community scheme before joining The FA Skills Programme in 2010.


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We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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