Phil had a terrific career as a player. Capped by England at 16, he was already a mighty goalscorer for Cheltenham, left and right-handed!
In the early 1960s, he was one of the small band of enthusiasts who, against considerable odds, succeeded in launching the country’s first national league competition, known then as the Premier Invitation League.
Phil was the first General Secretary, holding the office for 13 years before becoming Chairman from 1976 to 1982. In addition, he fulfilled numerous roles at county and regional level and was ASA President in 1996.
A lifelong Cheltenham member, he still serves on the club committee. He also takes a keen interest in BWPL affairs - his granddaughter, Kate Read, played in goal for Cheltenham women’s team and is now with Watford.
Happy birthday Phil, from all at the BWPL!