Fred Phillis

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 Career Highlights
  • GFC League Player Number: 530
  • GFC League Debut: Round 1, 1966
  • Glenelg 19661978, 1981
    • 275 games
    • 869 goals
  • Glenelg all time leading goal kicker
  • Member of the premiership team for Glenelg, 1973
  • Seven time leading goal kicker for Glenelg
  • Kicked over 100 goals in three seasons
  • Five time SANFL leading goal kicker
  • Played 10 games for South Australia
  • 1969 Magarey Medalist
  • Inducted Glenelg Hall of Fame 2002
  • Inducted SANFL Hall of Fame 2002

* Stats current to end of 1981

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  • Born: 9 September 1948, Adelaide
  • Height: 188 cm
  • Weight: 91 kg
  • Recruited from: Brighton High School
  • Previous Club:
  • GFC League Debut: 1966

Guernsey Number: 19

Nickname: Fred

Dennis Keith ("Fred") Phillis holds the Glenelg all-time goal kicking record. Phillis is the brother of Wayne "Butch" Phillis.

Phillis was nicknamed "Fred" when his schoolmates likened him to the most famous Test cricket paceman of the day, 'Fiery Fred' Truman of Yorkshire and England. The nickname stuck and to many SANFL fans he is only known as "Fred" Phillis rather than by his birth name.

"Fred" began his senior career with Glenelg in the SANFL in 1966 as a centre half back but was moved into the Centre half-forward, and later Full-forward, positions by incoming 1967 coach Neil Kerley. This lateral thinking paid off with Phillis kicking a then SANFL record of 137 goals in 1969.

He polled 18 votes in the 1969 Magarey Medal to be the first player to win the medal having played chiefly at full forward for the season.

In perhaps Glenelg's most memorable non-finals game, Phillis scored 18 goals at Glenelg Oval in 1975 as part of the team's record-breaking 49 goals against Central District. Quirkily enough, in the 1973 grand final win by Glenelg over North Adelaide he failed to goal.

Phillis is the highest goal scorer in the history of the Glenelg club. This is all the more remarkable when considering that former league leading goalkickers Jack Owens (1927-1928, 1932) and Colin Churchett (1948–1951) are also Glenelg champions. Overall Phillis is third on the all time SANFL goal scoring list.

After retiring as a player Phillis continued to pursue his chosen career as an architect.

Records Controversy

"Fred" Phillis is credited by the SANFL with scoring more than 100 goals in a season on three occasions. Glenelg records show him as having achieved this feat on five occasions (see: Honour Board).

Respected historian Bernard Whimpress in 1994 wrote:

In 1971 the SANFL recognised (for a time) Fred Phillis’s total of 102 goals because he scored three goals in a bodgie end of season knockout trophy known as the Coca-Cola Cup for teams which missed the finals. Later, however, the league put his total back to ninety-nine. In Glenelg records he is shown as scoring the century tally three years in a row and five times in all. In the league records based on premiership matches he achieved the mark three times.


1. Glenelg Football Club

2. 1981 Grand Final Budget

3. SANFL Hall of Fame

4. Wikipedia article

5. Bernard Whimpress paper, "A Mad Game: The Crazy World of Footy Statistics", Australian Society for Sports History paper Dec 1994 (Note: a copy of the full paper is here)

6. Football Times 1982 Year Book

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