Player Of The Month September 2010


 This month we are delighted to publish an interview with Argyle Legend David Phillips.


Q:  What was your most memorable match?

 A:  Difficult to say but beating England on my debut for Wales is one and another is winning the FA Cup for Coventry City in 1987.    


Q:  Who was the best Argyle player you played with?

A:  Gordon Nisbet.  I learnt a fair bit off him when I was an apprentice and as a young pro.


Q:  Who was your toughest opponent?

A:  The bouncer down the Fiesta nightclub.  Joking apart it would have to be Paul Gascoigne.


Q:  You must have an amusing story you could share with us about your time at Argyle?

A:  I do, but not to be shared outside of the inner sanctum.


Q:  Now you are no longer playing football how do you occupy yourself.

A:  I’m Head Coach at Warwickshire College, work with L D students at Moreton Morrell College, have my own soccer schools and work for Sky, generally covering La Liga.  Playing golf is still a pastime of mine and I still play quite a few charity matches throughout the year.


Q:  Can you recall your most embarrassing moment?

A:  We went out to Athens to play Olympiakos with Nottm Forest and the night before the game Frank Clark the manager said dress as you want, we are going out.  Everyone dressed in shorts and to our surprise we headed off to a football stadium.  AEK Athens were playing Rangers in a EUFA Cup match and we went in with the Rangers fans.  They were not very pleased with this as I was wearing  green shorts and a hooped green T shirt (Celtic strip).  I got slightly abused and very embarrassed and mentioned to Frank that he could have told me.  As it was we only stayed 10 minutes as the AEK fans started launching missiles into our end and the Gaffer got everyone out sharpish.  So find out where you are going before wearing suitable attire.    


Q:  How has football changed over the years?

Certainly the financial side has, along with nutrition, rehydration and general development.  We didn’t get much wrong in our era, people say the game is quicker but I have to disagree, the ball just moves faster.


Q:  Who was the best manager you ever played under?

A:  John Sillett as a club manager at Coventry City.  He knew what was required, knew how to treat people as human beings and knew how to get the best out of players.  International wise it would have to be Terry Yorath, hard but fair and again understanding.


Q:  What was your pre-match routine?  E.g. lucky item, superstitions.

A:  Just to leave my shirt off as long as possible before leaving the changing rooms before a game.


Q:  Do you keep in touch with any of your former Argyle teammates?  If so, who?

A:  I still keep in regular touch with John Uzzell and we have been very good friends for 31 years, ever since I was his apprentice.


Q:  Do you think PAFC will do well this season?

A:  Always difficult having been demoted but in Peter Reid they have a decent manager who is a good motivator.  Whether they go up is another question.


Q:  If you could choose any player in the world you would have liked to have played with, who would it have been?

A:  In my day it would have to be Diego Maradonna but in the present it would be Lionel Messi.


Q:  Do you follow Argyle’s progress or attend any of their matches?

A:  Yes, I follow all of Argyle’s matches, get info off Uzzy but don’t attend purely because of the distance.  I’m not one to go to away games but one day in the near future I will come down to Home Park.


Q:  Do you know have a day job outside of football?

A:  See answer to question 5.


Q:  What would be the highlight of your time at Argyle?

A:  Giving me an opportunity to become a footballer is one and the other was the so close yet so far Semi Final loss in the FA Cup against Watford in 1984.