Phil Scott - a Giant in Linfield's proud European History

Posted : 5th May 2014 at 08:34:38

Phil Scott who sadly passed away on Thursday remains Linfield's joint top Goalscorer in European competition along with Arthur Thomas and Glenn Ferguson. Here takes a closer look at Phil's contribution on the European stage.

Phil was one of the heroes of the Linfield team that lost narrowly in the Quarter-finals of the European Cup in the 1966-67 season.

In those days only the league champions in each country qualified for the European Cup and countries such as the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia hadn't been split into numerous states and so Linfield's heroics of 1966/67 are unfortunately, unlikely to be repeated.

On September 7, 1966 Phil scored his first European goal in a 3-3 draw away to Aris of Luxembourg. He scored twice in the return leg on September 14, which Linfield won 6-1.

In the next round Phil scored in a 4-1 win away to Valarengen of Norway on October 26, 1966. That remained Linfield's last away win in Europe until last seasons win in the Faroe Islands.

Phil also played in the return leg - a 1-1 draw at home on November 8, 1966. A reunion event for players from both sides was held at Windsor Park a year or so ago but unfortunately Phil Scott was unable to attend due to illness. The reunion event was organised by the late Frankie Taylor.

Phil also played in both legs of the European Cup quarter-finals. A home 2-2 draw with CSKA Sofia of Bulgaria on March 1, 1967 and in the away leg on March 15 which Linfield lost 1-0.

Phil played in a 3-0 defeat away to Vitoria Setubal of Portugal in the old Fairs Cup on September 18, 1968 and his final European goal was scored in the return leg - a 3-1 defeat at Windsor Park on October 9, 1968.

The Irish Cup final at Solitude on April 4, 1970 was a hugely significant date in Linfield's history. Phil scored both goals in a 2-1 victory against Ballymena in what was to be Linfield's last game at the North Belfast venue for many years. The victory was also hugely significant as it ensured qualification to the following seasons European Cup winners Cup and a plum draw against the mighty Manchester City - who had won the competition months earlier against Gornik of Poland.

Linfield's team in the Phil Scott Irish Cup final victory of April 1970 was : S. Stewart, Gilliland, Patterson, Andrews, Hatton, Bowyer, Viollet, Hamilton, Millen, Scott and Pavis. Unused sub - R. Lockhart.

(Phil met up lately with team mates Ken Gilliland, Isaac Andrews and Eric Bowyer at Windsor Park for the last home league game against Glentoran).

For the Manchester City games Phil came on as sub in the Maine Road game which Linfield lost 1-0 on September 16, 1970 and he was an unused sub in the return leg at Windsor Park which Linfield famously won 2-1 on September 30, thanks to 2 Billy Millen goals - but were eliminated on the away goals rule by the cup holders.

The starting line up in both games against the Manchester giants was : Humphreys, Fraser, Patterson, Andrews, McAllister, Bowyer, Millen, Magee, Hamilton, Sinclair and Cathcart. McAteer replaced the injured Andrews and Phil Scott replaced Billy Millen in the away leg.

Phil's final Linfield game was a home 1-1 draw with Glentoran in the County Antrim Shield on May 3, 1973.

Phil was the winner of the 1st Newtownabbey LSC Personality of the Year Award in season 1971/72.

Great memories of great players and great occasions in Linfield's great history.


The following message has been received from a regular contributor on

"I was totally shocked and saddened when I read of Phil Scott's passing on the website. He was one of my childhood heroes together with his forward line mates, Stewart, Hamilton, Pavis, and Ferguson. I was just 12 years old when the Blues took all seven trophies and at the time, the significance was lost on me. Now I recognize what a feat that truly was. I will pray that his family find peace and comfort at this difficult time."

Tommy Hall - Canada

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