Phil Bibby

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Phil Bibby

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Appearances: 9 Goals: 4

Date / Year of birth: 23rd January 1926

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 1949/50

Season of last appearance: 1949/50

Also played for: Nottingham Forest (0), Ilkeston Town, Gloucester City, South Normanton Miners Welfare and Belper Town

Committed centre-forward born in Ledbury, Herefordshire but brought up in the Derby area who played for junior side Nightingale Athletic as a youth and later had a spell with Nottingham Forest.

In August 1949 Phil joined Margate aged 23 and scored on his debut in a 2-1 win over Betteshanger in a Kent League match at Hartsdown Park on 20.8.49. He was a regular in the Margate side during the early stages of the 1949/50 season and managed four goals from nine appearances before leaving the club in October 1949. Phil was unable to find a job in Thanet and so returned to the Midlands after just two months.

In December 1949 he signed for Central Alliance club Ilkeston and Phil made his debut in a 2-0 defeat against visitors Stanton Ironworks in a Derbyshire Senior Cup tie on 31.12.49. He went on to make 17 appearances without scoring before finishing the 1949/50 season with Southern League outfit Gloucester.

Phil rejoined Ilkeston for the 1950/51 campaign where he became known for his tough tackling and fierce determination. Despite being used as something of a utility player Phil scored 11 goals from 24 outings but at the end of the season he left the club to join South Normanton Miners Welfare.

After four months with South Normanton Phil returned to Ilkeston just after the start of the 1951/52 campaign and spent most of the season playing in midfield as the club won the Central Alliance title for the first time. He scored five goals from 33 appearances and played as Ilkeston lost 2-0 to Rochdale in the FA Cup 1st Round on 24.11.51. Phil also picked up a Derbyshire Divisional Cup winners' medal after playing in a 2-1 win over Derby County 'A' in front of 4,600 supporters on 11.4.52.

In the summer of 1952 he signed for Belper, also of the Central Alliance, and on 3.4.53 Phil was part of the side that lost 4-2 to his old club Ilkeston in the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final at Derby County's Baseball Ground which was watched by almost 10,000 spectators. By then he usually operated in defence as either a left-back or centre-back.

Phil was still with Belper during the 1955/56 campaign and on 10.3.56 he received a lecture from the referee following a verbal confrontation with an Ilkeston supporter as Belper lost 2-0 at home to his old club. In the return game at Ilkeston on 21.4.56 Phil was sent off an hour into the match after repeatedly charging into Ilkeston players and showing dissent to the referee. Ilkeston ended up winning 2-0. Phil left Belper during the 1957/58 season having made around 100 appearances for the club.

He died in the Derby area in March 1999 aged 73.











1949/50 (MFC)