William Thomas “Tom” Phillipson (31 October 1898 – 19 November 1965) was an English footballer, who set a number of goal scoring records for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Phillipson served in the West Regiment in Russia before returning to his native North-East England to sign for Newcastle United in December 1919. A former England Schoolboy international, he had a strong goal scoring record at youth level but failed to make a strong impact for his new senior club.
He moved to Swindon Town in May 1921 for £500, where he spent a season-and-a-half. He joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, then of the Third Division, for £1,000 in December 1923.
He scored a hat-trick to open his goal scoring account in his fourth Wolves appearances, against Ashington. He finished the campaign with 14 goals as the club won the Third Division title at the first attempt.
The forward was Wolves’ leading goal scorer for three successive seasons between 1924–27, becoming the first Wolves player to break the 30 goal barrier in a season. During the 1926–27 season he scored in 13 consecutive league games, a Football League record. This run of goals also saw him score 5 in a match against Bradford City, a club record never bettered.
During the close season in 1927, Fred Scotchbrook was replaced by Major Frank Buckley as manager, a move which saw Phillipson’s goal form begin to decline. In March 1928, First Division side Sheffield United offered £2,600 for him, which was accepted by the Wolves board. He left Molineux after 159 games in total, scoring 111 times, a then-club record.
He spent two seasons at Bramall Lane before returning to the Midlands as player-manager of non-league Bilston United in 1930. He ended his football career with a season at Walsall in 1931–32.
After retiring from the game, he concentrated on his business interests in Wolverhampton as well as entering local politics. He served as Mayor of Wolverhampton in 1944-1945.
He died aged 67, on 19 November 1965.
Full name William Thomas Phillipson
Date of birth 31 October 1898
Place of birth Ryton, Gateshead, County Durham, England
Date of death 19 November 1965 (aged 67)
Place of death Wolverhampton, England
Playing position Forward
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1921 Newcastle United
1921–1923 Swindon Town 87 (24)
1923–1928 Wolverhampton Wanderers144 (104)
1928–1930 Sheffield United
1930–1931 Bilston United