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Gordon Phillips (Brentford, Hillingdon Borough)
born Uxbridge 17th November 1946
died Monday 3rd September 2018, aged 71
Phillips joined Brentford as a junior from Hayes in the summer of 1963 and went on to make his debut just two weeks after signing professional terms, in an F.A. Cup First Round tie against Margate later that year.
It would be another three years until Gordon established himself in the first team at Griffin Park, as he made 42 appearances during the 1966-67 Division Four campaign.
After playing 48 times the following term, his game time decreased as Chic Brodie took over the number one shirt for the following two seasons. However, Gordon returned to the starting XI in October 1970 and went on to enjoy his best spell at the club over the following 18 months.
Ever reliable when called upon, especially away from home, he was an ever present during the 1971-72 promotion winning season and would, in many peopleís eyes, have been voted the Player of the Year were it not for John OíMaraís goal scoring exploits.
Gordonís 227th and final game for The Bees was in April 1973 at home to Shrewsbury Town.
After ten years service to the Club, Gordon was awarded a testimonial against an ex Brentford XI in October 1973.
Still in his late 20s, Gordon then joined non league Hillingdon Borough, for whom he would make 264 appearances over five years, earning promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern League in 1975.
After professional football, Gordon spent more than 30 years working for British Airways as a baggage handler at Heathrow.
He returned to Brentford in 1990 to serve as goalkeeper coach under Phil Holder before departing in 1992. He was inducted in to the Brentford Hall of Fame at our end of season awards dinner in May 2017.
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Sep 4, 2018, 12:14 PM)