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Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips grew up in Stevenage attending Burydale Junior School before moving on to the Collenswood School. He played in local junior league football and was taken on by Southampton as a youth player in 1991. Between 1992-1994, having been released by Southampton as being too small for a striker, Kevin was with Baldock Town before being signed by Watford where he remained until 1997 when he started his six year career at Sunderland.
He quickly developed a fearsome striking partnership with Irishman Niall Quinn and these two amassed 143 goals for Sunderland in three seasons. In the 1999-2000 season Kevin scored 30 FA Premier League goals, the seasons leading scorer and also won the European Golden Boot Award. Kevin made 209 appearances for Sunderland scoring 115 goals. Kevin returned to Southampton for two seasons and then moved to Aston Villa before transferring to West Bromwich Albion [WBA] in 2006. In 2008 he was made Championship Player of the Year. From 1999-2002 Kevin played 8 times for the full England team. Kevin left WBA IN 2008 and moved to Birmingham City where at the end of the season he was the club's top scorer. He also won the Goal of the Season Award and scored the winning goal against Reading that took Birmingham back to the Premiership after being relegated the previous season. In 2010 Kevin continues to keep his place in the first team squad scoring twice in the 80th and 85th minutes to beat Wolves in the Derby game in February 2010.