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Phil Gilchrist
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Phil Gilchrist on the sidelines for Woking
Personal information
Full name Philip Alexander Gilchrist
Date of birth 25 August 1973 (1973-08-25) (age 36)
Place of birth    Stockton-on-Tees, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current club Quorn FC
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Nottingham Forest
Hartlepool United
Oxford United
Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion
Rotherham United (loan)
Rotherham United
Oxford United
000 0(0)
000 0(0)
082 0(0)
177 (10)
039 0(1)
090 0(0)
010 0(0)
035 0(1)
036 0(1)
000 0(0)
479 (13)   
Teams managed
2008–2009 Woking

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Philip Alexander "Phil" Gilchrist (born 25 August 1973) is an English footballer and was manager at Woking. He plays as a defender. He currently plays for lowly Quorn FC.


Gilchrist first joined Oxford United from Hartlepool United for £100,000 in February 1995. He soon formed one of the best defensive partnerships ever seen at The Manor Ground, alongside Matt Elliott, and it was this partnership that formed the basis for the promotion winning side of 1995–96.

Predominantly left sided, Gilchrist continued to flourish after the sale of Elliott, and moved on to Leicester for £500,000 in 2000. In total he had made 201 starts for the U's in his first spell, scoring eleven goals.

Gilchrist made 23 Premier League starts for Leicester before moving on to West Bromwich Albion for £500,000 in March 2001.[1] He made his debut for Albion in a 2–1 win over Tranmere Rovers on 25 March 2001. He was a regular during 2001–02, forming part of a solid defence which notched up a club record 27 clean sheets and helping Albion win promotion to the Premiership. In all, Gilchrist made over 100 appearances for Albion in all competitions.

Three years later he joined Rotherham United, initially on a month's loan.[2] Gilchrist made his debut for the Millers in a 1-0 defeat away at Derby County on 13 March 2004. The success of his loan spell led to a permanent move. Rotherham released Gilchrist in May 2006.[3]

Gilchrist returned to Oxford in June 2006 for his second spell at the club,[4] and was made club captain (with Barry Quinn as team captain). Gilchrist announced his retirement from football on 6 December 2007.[5]

However, in May 2008, he was appointed as assistant-manager at Conference National club Woking, where it was shortly after announced he would be registered as a player. In September 2008 it was announced that following the departure of Kim Grant as manager, Gilchrist and Andy Cook were to be placed in temporary charge of Woking. On 23 September 2008, he was confirmed as the permanent manager until the end of the season. However, Woking sacked him on 2 April 2009.[6]


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