Mangotsfield's World Cup winner
Published on: 28 Jul 2017
MANGOTSFIELD United keeper and team ccaptain, Steve Phillips, has recently returned from Thailand, where he captained the England Veterans to a second successive Seniors World Cup win.
He describes the experience as amazing, a cultural experience with a lot of travelling, but well worth it, especially with the end result.
The competition was set up to help promote Thailand following the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.
The England squad in Thailand is technically known as Harrogate Veterans FC, which has been chosen by the Football Association for the past 10 years to represent the nation in the tournament. The squad was made up of Harrogate regulars, but bolstered by a whole host of ex-professionals, including Jamie Cureton and Lee Trundle as well as Steve.
The tournament began with a 7-0 demolition of the USA before a 2-1 win over New Zealand and a 2-2 draw with Scotland concluded the group stage. In the semi-finals the Three Lions defeated Australia 2-0 before seeing off Iran on the Saturday to lift the trophy again.
The tournament was first played in 2006.
Steve is looking forward to the coming season with Mangotsfield United, especially with his role as captain, and enjoyed last season with the club.