Family of Former Millwall and Charlton Athletic Footballer Phil Walker Ask For Donations in Memory27 July 2022
The family of, former Millwall and Charlton Athletic midfielder, Phil Walker is asking for donations to the Charity, through JustGiving, in lieu of floral tributes.
Born in London in 1954, Phil had enjoyed a 20-year-plus career as a midfielder across England, Hong Kong and Portugal and is the uncle of Premier League defender Kyle Walker-Peters.
On 20 June this year, Phil was diagnosed with leukaemia. He spent his final days being cared for on the Leukaemia Ward at St George’s Hospital and sadly passed away on Friday 08 July.
Writing on their JustGiving page his children Beau, Tamara and Amber said:” Instead of floral tributes, we are asking people who knew and loved Phil to make a donation irrespective of how small to St George's Hospital, as they looked after Phil tremendously, especially during his final days in the Leukaemia Ward.
“Dad's final days were swift and he battled hard just like he was on the football pitch.”
Phil started his illustrious career in non-league with Cobham, and Epsom & Ewell. After one season with the Salts in which he scored 19 goals in 41 league appearances, Phil joined (then) Third Division side Millwall with Trevor Lee.
Phil made an instant impact thumping home the only goal of the game in front of the Cold Blow Lane end, on his debut at home to Mansfield Town in 1975.
From the Millwall obituary: Phil went on to become a fans' favourite with his fierce shooting and equally hard running, particularly with his box-to-box exploits. He also possessed a peach of a left foot which brought him his goals.
He was part of the Millwall side that won promotion to the old Second Division in 1976 and flourished in the second tier, attracting the interest of Charlton Athletic who paid £120,000 to take him to the Valley in 1979, after making over 150 appears for The Lions.
Phil made 89 league appearances for the Addicks and had a short loan spell with Gillingham in the 1982-83 season, before leaving for Hong Kong in 1983.
After a brief spell with HK side Eastern AA, Walker spent the next 11 years plying his trade in Portugal. After initially joining second-tier side Leixões, Walker moved to Porto side Boavista FC. He made over 200 appearances for Os Axadrezados including 193 appearances in the first division of Portuguese football.
After seven years at Boavista, Walker moved to neighbours Maia in 1991, then playing in the second division, where he spent four years, eventually retiring in 1995 at 41 years old.
Phil had a brief stint as Maia’s coach in the early 2000s and later set up his own soccer school in south west London with students going on to join academies at Chelsea FC, Crystal Palace FC, Fulham FC and Reading FC.