It's 17 years since Watford sold former England striker Kevin Phillips to Sunderland

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Sport

Tuesday, July 15, 1997

Watford sold Kevin Phillips to Sunderland for a fee rising to £600,000.

Having been recruited from Baldock Town by Glenn Roeder, Phillips' Watford career had to navigate both long periods out with injury and occasional losses of confidence.

In between these, Phillips displayed the goalscoring instincts that would serve him well at the Stadium of Light - during which spell he was capped by England - and for more than a decade with a number of different clubs.

His sale to Sunderland, during the period where out-of-contract players still commanded a fee, was provoked by some canny negotiating by Graham Taylor, who had been about to lose him to Ipswich Town for a smaller return.

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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11:13am Tue 15 Jul 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Good to know we had no choice but to sell Kev for a row of beans.

Until I saw above I thought we did a very bad deal.
Good to know we had no choice but to sell Kev for a row of beans. Until I saw above I thought we did a very bad deal. gloryhornet4
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4:07pm Tue 15 Jul 14

bornyellow says...

He had a great career....and i felt he was a thorn in our side as he always scored against us....oh no not him again i used to say.....
He had a great career....and i felt he was a thorn in our side as he always scored against us....oh no not him again i used to say..... bornyellow
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