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Phillips And Murray Honoured By Football League

20 April 2015

Former Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips was honoured with the Sir Tom Finney Award at the Football League end of season awards ceremony on Sunday evening, to celebrate his contributions to English football.

The 41-year-old striker turned out for a host of clubs during his long career in football, but is - obviously - best loved by Palace fans for his exploits in the 2012/13 promotion season.

Phillips scored the fastest league hat-trick in the club's history against Hull City, in a 4-2 home win against the Tigers. It took the veteran forward just 8 minutes and 37 seconds to record his treble, beating Dougie Freedman's previous best. 

He also scored the winning goal against Watford in the Play Off Final, thundering home a penalty in extra time to send the Eagles soaring into the top flight.

“I’m extremely proud and truly privileged to accept this award and I’d like to thank The Football League, which has given me so many fantastic memories during my 20 years as a professional footballer," said Phillips. 

"It’s all I ever wanted to be, I devoted my life to it and the game has given me so much in return.

“It’s a bit more special that the award is now so closely associated to Sir Tom Finney – one of the greatest players, gentlemen and role models English football has ever seen. If my career can help inspire a fraction of the people Sir Tom’s did, I’ll count it among my finest achievements.”

Current Eagles striker Glenn Murray, who scored 31 goals in all competitions during that same promotion campaign, was also honoured at the Football League Awards, being voted into their Team of the Decade.

Murray has enjoyed spells with Carlisle United, Stockport County, Rochdale, Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace and Reading in the Football League, scoring for all the clubs he has played at and cementing himself as a club icon in SE25, since his transfer in 2011.

He has scored 128 Football League goals over the past decade, proving to be prolific at Rochdale, helping Brighton to the League One title and ensuring the Eagles secured promotion to the Premier League.

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