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Article on death of Tom Phillipson, 20 November 1965

Article on death of Tom Phillipson, 20 November 1965

A professional footballer for Wolves and later a Mayor of Wolverhampton, “Tommy” Phillipson contributed a great deal to this area. He was born on 31 October 1898 in Ryton-on-Tyne, Gateshead, County Durham, to parents James Frederick Phillipson and Bell Ann Waugh. He was the youngest of six children , and the 1901 census sees him listed at 43 Emmaville, Ryton, with his parents, sisters Elizabeth and Alice, and brothers John, James and Richard. By the 1911 census, the family have moved to 6 Beech Grove Terrace, and only the sons are still living at home.

Phillipson served as a Serjeant with the Yorkshire Regiment, service number 65754, serving in Russia during the First World War. After being demobilised, he began his professional footballing career with Newcastle United Football Club, spending a brief period at Swindon Town, before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1923. He set a number of club records for Wolves, including scoring 36 goals in the 1926 season, an achievement that was not bettered until Dennis Westcott scored 38 in 1947. He later had a spell as player-manager at non-league Bilston United.

In 1923 he married Catherine (Kitty) Elizabeth Armstrong, and they went on to have four children, two sons and two daughters. After retiring from football, he was elected to Wolverhampton Council, serving on various committees. He was Mayor of Wolverhampton in 1944-45, but then lost his seat to the first Communist ever to be elected to Wolverhampton Council. He was later re-elected to the Council and continued there until 1957. He died on 19 November 1965, and his funeral was held at Darlington Street Methodist Church.