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Key Facts

Full name
Bruce Phillips

Known as
Bruce Phillips

Born
2 May 1929

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 22d
Last game: 26y 110d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 14

Bruce Phillips

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1947-1955115420.3723%46
Total1947-1955115420.3723%46

AFL: 5,687th player to appear, 1,990th most games played, 2,305th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 898th player to appear, 106th most games played, 160th most goals kicked

After failing to make the grade as a forward, St Kilda's Bruce Phillips was tried at full back in the last game of his third league season, and suddenly found his niche. He went on to play a total of 115 VFL games, winning his club's best and fairest award in 1950, and earning selection in the VFL interstate team the same year. He also ran third in the Brownlow on one occasion, and was the recipient of the prestigious "Herald"player of the year award. Prior to the start of what would have been his 10th league season in 1956, Phillips seriously injured a knee and his career came to a premature end.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.