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Phil Starbuck
Personal information
Full name Philip Michael Starbuck
Date of birth 24 November 1968 (1968-11-24) (age 41)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1984–1986 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Nottingham Forest 036 0(2)
1988 Birmingham City (loan) 003 0(0)
1990 Hereford United (loan) 006 0(0)
1990 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 006 0(1)
1991–1994 Huddersfield Town 137 (36)
1994–1997 Sheffield United 036 0(2)
1995 Bristol City (loan) 005 0(1)
1996 RKC Waalwijk (loan) 005 0(2)
1997–1998 Oldham Athletic 010 0(1)
1998 Plymouth Argyle 007 0(0)
1998–1999 Cambridge City 012 0(3)
2000–2002 Burton Albion 00? 0(?)
2001–2003 Hucknall Town 023 0(2)
2003–2004 Leigh RMI 010 0(0)
2004–2006 Arnold Town 045 0(9)
Teams managed
2001–2003 Hucknall Town (player-manager)
2003–2004 Leigh RMI (player-manager)
2005–2006 Arnold Town
2006–2008 Hednesford Town
2008–2009 Grantham Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Philip Michael "Phil" Starbuck (born 24 November 1968) is an English former professional footballer who scored 43 goals from 245 appearances in the Football League playing for a number of different clubs.[1][2] He started out as a striker then winger before eventually becoming an attacking midfielder.

Until June 2009 he was manager of Grantham Town.


Playing career

Starbuck was born in Nottingham, and started his career as an apprentice at Nottingham Forest.[3] He scored on his First Division debut at Newcastle United aged 18 in December 1986 and again in his second outing, a 1–1 draw against Liverpool on New Year's Day 1987.[4] He spent time on loan at Birmingham City, Hereford United and Blackburn Rovers before moving to Huddersfield Town on a free transfer in 1991.[1] On 12 April 1993, he set the record for the fastest goal scored by a substitute (since beaten[5]) when he netted against Wigan Athletic just 3 seconds after entering the game.[6] He then went to play at a higher level with Sheffield United before appearing for Bristol City, Oldham Athletic and Plymouth Argyle in the Football League, RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch Eredivisie,[7] and Cambridge City and Burton Albion in non-league football, before going into management.[1] His half-season at Cambridge City was marred by a broken leg sustained in a pre-season friendly against Coventry City. In all, he made 188 first team starts in the Football League, the most being 120 for Huddersfield, for whom he scored 36 goals.[1]

Management career

His first management job was at Hucknall Town, appointed in December 2001[8] and dismissed in June 2003.[9] He joined Leigh RMI, initially as player-assistant manager, before being appointed manager in November 2003.[10] He resigned in November 2004[11] and joined Arnold Town as a player. He went on to manage the club,[12] before joining Hednesford Town on 31 May 2006. A successful first half to the 2006-2007 season saw the Pitmen top the table in the Northern Premier league, before a poor run of form saw them eventually finish seventh. After losing his assistant manager John Ramshaw to Lincoln United in the summer of 2007, he brought in the experienced Jimmy Mullen as his new number two.[13] Hednesford started the 2007-2008 season well, but a run of inconsistent form saw them once again miss out on the play-offs, finishing eighth In May 2008, Hednesford Town announced that Starbuck had left the club with immediate effect.[14]

In October 2008, he took over as manager of Grantham Town in the Northern Premier League Division One South,[15] and was sacked at the end of the 2008–09 season.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d "Phil Starbuck". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  2. ^ "Phil Starbuck". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  3. ^ Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.  
  4. ^ "Players S". The Bridport Red Archive. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  5. ^ Williamson, Laura (12 May 2009). "Newcastle striker Martins sets the latest benchmark: Sportsmail's guide to supersubs". Mail Online. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  6. ^ Carbis, Ian (14 April 2006). "England's cup quest won't go to the dogs". South Wales Echo. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  7. ^ "Phil Starbuck". Voetbal International. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  8. ^ "The Unibond League". The Northern Echo. 7 December 2001. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  9. ^ "Starbuck sacked by Hucknall". NonLeague Daily. 13 June 2003. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  10. ^ "Non-league football: Leigh turn to Starbuck". Manchester Evening News. 7 November 2003. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  11. ^ Wigmore, Simon (19 November 2004). "Struggling Leigh lose Starbuck". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  12. ^ "Starbuck and Ramshaw take Arnold helm". NonLeague Daily. 31 May 2005. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  13. ^ "Your team A-Z Hednesford Town FC". BBC London. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2008.  
  14. ^ "Starbuck goes at Hednesford". NonLeague Daily. 26 May 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  15. ^ "Starbuck lands manager's job". Nottingham Evening Post. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  
  16. ^ Burgess, John (5 June 2009). "Grantham Town's sacked boss Starbuck replaced by former Gingerbreads duo". Grantham Journal. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  

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