All at Brentford Football Club were deeply saddened to hear of the death of former goalkeeper Gordon Phillips. Gordon, pictured above as part of the 1971/72 promotion-winning side, lost his battle with cancer overnight, aged 72. He leaves a wife, Jacqui, and two sons, Kelly and Trent.
Uxbridge-born Gordon joined the Club as a junior from Hayes in the summer of 1963 and went on to make his debut just two weeks after signing professional terms, in an FA Cup First Round tie against Margate later that year. It would be another three years until Gordon established himself in the first-team at Griffin Park, as he made 42 appearances during the 1966/67 Division Four campaign.
After playing 48 times the following term, his game-time decreased as Chic Brodie took over the number one shirt for the following two seasons. However, Gordon returned to the starting XI in October 1970 and went on to enjoy his best spell at the club over the following 18 months. Ever-reliable when called-upon, especially away from home, he was an ever-present during the 1971/72 promotion-winning season and would, in many people’s eyes, have been voted the Player of the Year were it not for John O’Mara’s goal-scoring exploits.
Gordon’s 227th and final game for The Bees was in April 1973 at home to Shrewsbury Town. After ten-years’ service to the Club, Gordon was awarded a testimonial against an ex-Brentford XI in October 1973. Still in his late 20s, Gordon then joined non-league Hillingdon Borough, for whom he would make 264 appearances over five years, earning promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern League in 1975.
After professional football, Gordon spent more than 30 years working for British Airways as a baggage handler at Heathrow. He returned to Brentford in 1990 to serve as goalkeeper coach under Phil Holder before departing in 1992. He was inducted into the Brentford FC Hall of Fame at our end of season awards dinner in May 2017.
All at Griffin Park send their condolences to Gordon’s family and friends at this time.