Len Phillips Obituary | Len Phillips, who died at the age of 89, was a key player of the Portsmouth football club that won consecutive league titles in 1949 and 1950. Despite being seen and signed by Portsmouth while serving in the Royal Marines during WWII, he was a Londoner born in Shoreditch.
He was a traditional playmaker who scored 62 goals in 261 games for Pompey. Though they were few and far between when Portsmouth won the championship in 1948-49, when he scored, the squad always won.
That season, he scored 11 of the team’s 84 goals while missing only two games. The following season, when Portsmouth won the league again, he appeared in 34 games but scored only five goals. Phillips scored 11 and 13 goals in the two seasons that followed.
Manager Jack Tinn, whose “lucky” spats were ceremoniously placed on his thighs before each game, as when Pompey surprise won the FA Cup Final in 1939, discovered Phillips, but it was the less flamboyant Bob Jackson who led Portsmouth to league titles.
Eddie Lever, a firm believer in creative play, took over the club in 1952 and, after selling his tough Scottish international right-half, Jimmy Scoular, to Newcastle United, came up with the brilliant idea of moving Phillips to that position.
It might have seemed like a risk, given the two’s polar opposite styles – Scoular was a formidable tackler and hard man, while Phillips was always the constructive artist – but it worked extremely well, particularly in the combination of Phillips and his fellow England international, outside-right Peter Harris.
Mr. Lenard Allan “Len” Phillips, 53, of Rosslyn Road, died suddenly on Sunday, February 25, 2001. Len was born in Walford, Ontario on May 31, 1947.
In 1986, he relocated to Thunder Bay. He met the love of his life, Gladys, while working in the wilderness camps. Len was a mechanic by trade with a knack for woodworking. Len and Gladys founded Rosslyn Road Ceramics nine years ago and have enjoyed working together ever since.
Len is survived by his wife, Gladys, daughter Catherine “Chum” , step-son Patrick Melanson (Cindy), grandson Jarret, mother-in-law Kay LeBlanc, siblings Edna Lundie (Bob), Bill, Jessie Blakney, Henry (Barb), Bob (Ellen), Vel Richer.
Leslie (Esther), George, Jim (Judith Ann), Harvey. There are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives who have survived. Len was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna Phillips, as well as his sister, Alice Pinfold.
Because of the plethora of talented English inside-forwards, Phillips only won one England cap in the position, against Northern Ireland in 1951-52. Two more caps followed, the first in November 1954 against Wales.
Phillips then played right-half for England against West Germany in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on December 1, 1954.
This was an England team consisting of ball-playing virtuosi, including Len Shackleton, who scored a magnificently flighted goal in a 3-1 triumph, the ball sailing over the German goalkeeper’s head.
To be honest, the German team was significantly weakened by a mystery jaundice epidemic that afflicted several members of the team that had just won the World Cup.
There could have been more England caps if Phillips had not been injured while practising with the group.Another catastrophic injury to a ruptured ligament when playing for Portsmouth against Grimsby Town in 1956 ended his career.
After leaving Portsmouth, he played for non-league Poole Town, Chelmsford and Bath City, scouted for Leeds United in his retirement.
and eventually worked as a lathe operator for De Havilland in Portsmouth. In those days of the maximum wage, there were no football millionaires. In 1951, he married Joan, and they had two children.
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The Len Phillips Big Band, like many other entertainers, has been badly struck by the pandemic, but they have done their best to stay connected to their audiences.
“In the various stages of the lockdown, every time there’s been a window of opportunity, we’ve jumped on it,” Mr Pettitt said.
“We began performing live-streams in June of last year, because there may be six people in a garden.” I figured we could get a quintet and a cameraman into a garden and do a show.”
The band has also performed in a socially distant beer garden and managed two inside performances, both of which were live-streamed.
“It’s been a really effective method of supporting isolated people as well, since it’s live,” Mr Pettitt added.The show features an honesty box where attendees can pay what they can afford via a PayPal link.
“We want individuals who aren’t sure if they’ll like it or not to be able to dip in without having to buy a £15 ticket,” Mr Pettitt added. We aim to get people interested in large band music.”
However, the band is hoping that if people enjoy the show, they would be generous.”The concert, which will run 90 minutes, will be aired live on the Len Phillips Big Band Facebook page and YouTube account from 2.30pm on Saturday, March 20.
Beginning with Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and progressing through the golden age of Duke Ellington.
Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller to modern tunes by Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. Feet will be tapping to the sheer strength of a 17-piece swing orchestra while paying tribute to the great big band vocalists, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, and Peggy Lee.
The Len Phillips Swing Orchestra is Britain’s most popular big band, usually heard on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM. Their lockdown livestream series drew over 100,000 views and featured the first-ever streaming big band concert from London’s renowned Abbey Road Studios.
Matthew Ford is possibly best known for his work with the John Wilson Orchestra, which included six BBC Proms concerts. Nicola Emmanuelle, who plays Ella Fitzgerald in the West End production The Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas, is one of the most talented singers working in the UK today.